It’s A Celebration Day Aimed At the Ladies! Mammograms, Menopause and Chocolate! Yep, It’s A Day For The Ladies!

Oct 18th

It’s Friday! It’s Friday!  We made it through another week, at breakneck speed!  It truly feels like it was Monday just yesterday.  Anyone have any fun plans for the weekend?  I’ll be doing house stuff.  The lawn needs at least one more mow before the bad weather sets in, and I’m thinking POSSIBLY I need to wash the car.  And the dog needs a bath . . . and . . . and . . . and. . .  Oh well, needs to be done.  Today’s celebrations seem to be mostly aimed at the ladies.  Sorry guys, some days just turn out that way.

No Beard Day – This is the day that someone, probably a disgruntled wife who didn’t like her husband’s beard,  created to convince him to shave it off.  I must say I don’t personally endorse this one, since I LOVE beards . . . mostly goatees, but beards are nice too.  They give a distinguished look to an already handsome face.  But there are some people who don’t agree . . . it’s OK . . . it takes all kinds of people to make up the world and we can’t ALL be right!  (hehehe).  However, if you’ve had a beard so long that you don’t know what you look like without one, and your family  isn’t all that fond of it, maybe today’s celebration will be the incentive you need to shave it off.  It’s OK . . . you can always grow it back again!  My father has had a beard for as long as I can remember.  One time when I was about 15 years old he forgot the attachment for his beard trimmer and shaved a bare path across his face, so he shaved the rest of it off and surprised us when we got home.  I’ll never forget how different he looked!  Not bad necessarily, but different.  We begged him to grow it back . . . and he did.  He did the same thing when my kids were about 5 and 9.  They both cried.  He grew it back again.  I tell you this so you shave at your own risk.  If your family is used to you this way, don’t expect them to immediately respond in a positive way to it.  You may be growing it back again tomorrow!
 

Mammography Day – In 1993 Bill Clinton proclaimed the 1st National Mammography Day, an annual observance that encourages women across the country to schedule their annual mammograms.  According to a report by the American Cancer Society, that though breast cancer rates in the U.S. have dropped 34% since 1990, it is estimated that over 230,000 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed this year and nearly 40,000 American women will die from the disease.  Men can get breast cancer too.  It always surprises me how few people know that!  Granted, it isn’t as common, but it still happens.  The estimate is that 1,900 new cases of breast cancer in men will be diagnosed this year.  Screening and early detection saves lives, so in honor of National Mammography Day, women across the nation are encouraged to schedule a mammography appointment.  Do it for yourself, do it for your family. 

 

World Menopause Day – I had no idea that there was a special day set aside each year to focus on hot flashes, night sweats, mood swings and out of control hormones!  World Menopause Day is an annual event held each year on October 18th.  The intent of this day is to help educate women around the world about the issues of menopause.  The word menopause comes from the Greek words meaning “month” and “cessation”, which refers to the end of menstruation.  Organizations, clinicians and health educators around the world take part in this day by giving lectures, and holding informative activities.  The average age of menopause happens at age 51, and it is estimated that over 1 billion people will be over age 50 by 2025.  If I were a man, I’d consider taking cover!   Sorry, couldn’t help myself, but I’ve been around a few women lately who are either pre-menopausal, or full on in the middle of it, and they are NOT easy to be around.  And I know my time is just around the corner.  Being educated about this time in our lives, and having the tools and resources at our fingertips will help make the process easier to deal with.  For me personally, I’ll be heading to see my  naturopath when this is a factor in my life. No synthetic, chemical hormone replacement therapy for me – it’s caused a lot of health havoc in my Mom’s life, so there’s no way I want to go through that myself!


Food Celebration of the Day

National Chocolate Cupcake DayThese days, you can’t flip through the channels without stumbling on a TV show about cupcakes. But these hand-held cakes didn’t become a household name until 1919 when Hostess introduced its first snack cake, The Cupcake.  Here are some fun recipes to try!  Have fun with them . . . you just can’t go wrong with a chocolate cupcake.

Mmmmm chocolate cupcakes.  Sounds pretty good right now.  Well, I hope that gets your Friday off to a great start .  .  . of course . . . it’s Friday – that’s celebration enough!  God Bless You, I’ll see you tomorrow!

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