Guest Author - Vannie Ryanes
November appears to be the month that takes a hard look at devastating illnesses; diabetes, epilepsy, lung cancer, Alzheimer’s disease. There is no better time to create awareness than November when so many of us gather with family and friends to celebrate Thanksgiving.
American Diabetes Month. Nov. 1–30. To communicate the seriousness of diabetes and the importance of proper diabetes control and treatment. For more information, browse www.diabetes.org.
Epilepsy Awareness Month. Nov. 1–30. To increase public awareness that despite dramatic gains in treatment, epilepsy is a serious and chronic health condition for which there is no cure. For more information, browse www.epilepsyfoundation.org.
Family Stories Month. Nov. 1–30. November starts out with crisper weather and ends with the gathering of family and friends around the table, which makes it the perfect month to start telling and saving family stories. For more information, browse www.scrapbookstorytelling.com.
I Am So Grateful Month. Nov. 1–30. To give thanks and count your blessings daily. For more information, browse www.nancyjlewis.com.
Lung Cancer Awareness Month. Nov. 1–30. To increase awareness of the need for screening, early detection, research and compassion for lung cancer survivors. For more information browse www.alcase.org.
National Alzheimer’s Disease Month. Nov. 1–30. To increase awareness of Alzheimer’s disease and what the Alzheimer’s Association is doing to advance research and help patients, their families and their caregivers. For more information, browse www.alz.org.
National Hospice Month. Nov. 1–30. To promote greater awareness of hospice care and the advantages it offers. For more information, browse www.nahc.org.
Kids’ Goal Setting Week. Nov. 7–11. To foster goal setting habits in children’s lives so that they can make their dreams come true. For more information, browse www.goalsguy.com.
National Animal Shelter Appreciation Week. Nov. 7–13. To recognize the indispensable role that animal shelters play in maintaining the safety and health of a community—for all of its residents. For more information, browse www.groveparkinn.com.
Pursuit of Happiness Week. Nov. 8–14. To remind everyone, as stated in the Declaration of Independence, that all men and women are “endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights, that among them are life, liberty and the pursuit of happiness.” For more information, browse www.friendshipandgoodwill.com.
Better Conversation Week. Nov. 21–27. To focus on making better conversations with friends and relatives. For more information, browse www.conversation-matters.com.
Veterans Day. Nov. 11. Formerly called Armistice Day.
Prematurity Awareness Day. Nov. 15. To alert Americans to the problem of premature birth (before 37 weeks). Prematurity is the leading cause of newborn death (before the first month in life). For more information, browse www.marchofdimes.com.
Thanksgiving Day. Nov. 24.
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