Friday, March 24, 2017

I'm Not a Mommy Blogger

Finding out I was pregnant opened up a world of questions for the blog. When should I share the news? Are weekly bump photos something I want to do and share? How much of my child's life should be "public"? The list went on and on. Slowly, I came up with answers to some of the questions but not all of them. 
 
Sidenote: I have absolutely nothing against mommy bloggers. In fact, there are quite a few "mommy blogs" that I enjoy reading a lot!



I'm not a mommy blogger. I started my blog as a hobby a year before I was married and long before trying for a baby. My blog isn't a mommy blog -it's a blog about enjoying life and all of the little moments that create our memories.

I'm not a mommy blogger. By definition, I am a lifestyle blogger. I'm also a mom. This means my life and experiences as a mom will find their way onto the blog. This doesn't mean that I'm giving up other topics. There's more to me and my creativity than life as a mom. (Though I will admit - it's a time consuming job.)

I'm not a mommy blogger. I have nothing against mommy blogs - I'm just not interested in changing paths at this point. My blog is about happiness and enjoying life. Right now, that means enjoying time with Baby Fox.

I'm not a mommy blogger. I don't want every piece of my child's life on the blog. Sure, I'll share some tidbits here and there but I have set unwritten boundaries. I even created an exclusive spot for close friends and family to see the moments that don't get shared on the blog or public social media.

I'm not a mommy blogger. I am a mom looking to share my experiences with others. I'm also a blogger looking to inspire those around me. This is why I'm starting a new series on the blog called "Mommy Moments" to give you a glimpse into the realities of pregnancy, postpartum recovery, and motherhood.

I'm not a mommy blogger. Keep that in mind when you're reading this blog. I'm simply a girl who became a blogger and then a mother - a girl who loves inspiring others by sharing her life and the lessons she's learned along the way.
 
 

Wednesday, March 22, 2017

Mesothelioma in Children: Where Is the Danger?

On Monday, I brought you a post about Poison Prevention Week. Today, I'm bringing you another related post. This time, the post will be focusing on children and how they can be affected by mesothelioma. Once again, I believe in educating yourself about the dangers that are out there. As a result, I hope you'll leave the blog today just a little bit more knowledgeable about mesothelioma.



The medical community knows that mesothelioma in adults is primarily caused by exposure to asbestos. What is less well known is the cause of the disease in children. Is this rare form of childhood cancer also due to exposure to these dangerous fibers? If so, where is the exposure occurring? Although there are many unanswered questions about this branch of medicine, researchers do have a few clues.

Part of the challenge of studying this disease is that so few cases have been identified. Childhood incidences are so rare that they are not even reported as a separate category by the National Cancer Institute.

What is known is that the childhood form of the disease occurs in the same varieties as the adult form. The most common variety is the pleural form. This involves the lining of the lungs and leads to shortness of breath, chest pains, and a buildup of fluid around the lungs. Young people can also develop the peritoneal form, which involves the lining of the abdominal cavity, and the pericardial form, which causes an inflammation of the membranous sac around the heart.

It was thought in the past that this childhood cancer must be due to secondhand exposure. That is, the parents of the young patients had carried the dangerous fibers home on their clothing from a job site. However, this theory does not explain why the young people developed the disease so quickly when it may take adults decades to show symptoms.

Recent research has found two possible explanations for this discrepancy: other causes of the disease and previously unsuspected sources of the fibers. It has been found that some patients may develop the disease due to radiation treatments or prenatal exposure to the drug Isoniazid. Some young people also seem to be genetically predisposed to contracting the disease.

The most troubling finding of recent research is that products sold as toys for the younger age groups may contain hidden asbestos. An investigation by the Environmental Working Group’s Action Fund looked at 23 brands of crayons and 21 play detective kits that included fingerprint powder. They discovered that four of the crayon brands and two of the fingerprint kits contained the dangerous fibers.

While crayons, fingerprint powder, or any other children’s playthings have not been directly linked to childhood disease, it would be wise for parents to exercise caution to protect the safety of their family. Mesothelioma is often misdiagnosed in young patients and is not caught until the disease has progressed. The prognosis is very poor, treatment is difficult, and most patients do not survive.

It is clear that asbestos exposure can cause mesothelioma in children, What is less clear is how they are being exposed to the fibers. Researchers continue to explore this question in the effort to identify sources of contamination and better ensure the safety of youngsters around the world.

For more information on the dangers of asbestos and advice for keeping your children safe, please visit mesothelioma.net, the world’s most comprehensive information resource for mesothelioma information. For more information about the author, please visit https://mesothelioma.net/tech-school-students/.


About the Authors

Mesothelioma.net is the best web resource for finding information on mesothelioma cancer, a rare cancer most commonly developing in the lining of the lungs, and causes by asbestos. Unfortunately, there’s no cure for mesothelioma. While it's treatable, it's more commonly detected in later stages; leading to a poor prognosis. For more information about Mesothelioma, please visit their website at mesothelioma.net. To find out more about the dangers of asbestos and occupational hazards, feel free to visit https://mesothelioma.net/tech-school-students/

Monday, March 20, 2017

Poison Prevention Week

I'm still getting used to the demands of motherhood and figuring out how to balance it all. I've been writing some posts from my phone but the computer is required for formatting. As I work out how to best juggle it all, I'm thankful to have guest posts to share with you.  Today's post is from Brook, who was interested in sharing some information about Poison Prevention Week with you. I'm a fan of educating ourselves, so I welcomed her educational post.



History

In 1961 President John F. Kennedy was presented with a request to create National Poison Prevention Week. A year later, our country celebrated the first official observance of this holiday. Its goal was to educate citizens on the importance of poison prevention while teaching them how to be proactive in their own environments. Now, we celebrate Poison Prevention Week each year during the third week of March. The campaign’s goal is to educate people on the dangers of common hazards in the home or workplace.

Poisoning is the leading cause of accidental injury in the United States. Poisons do not discriminate. They can affect people of all ages, genders and races. This week exists to help educate people on how to prevent poisoning from happening. It is also meant to raise awareness for the dangers they present. There are many preventative measures that can taken. Some reactions to poisons can be cured while other poisons can be deadly.


Awareness

There are many different potential toxins and poisons that often unknowingly exist. It is very important to be aware of your environment! The list of potentially harmful substances is one that is constantly changing and growing. Being aware of the integrity and ingredients of products used is the first step in keeping a safe environment. Typically, with standard products like cleaning supplies this can be as simple as reading the ingredients and being sure to be cautious when mixing supplies. However, some poisons require testing and professional expertise to locate and remove.

The three main environmental toxins to be wary of are asbestos, radon and carbon monoxide. Each of these three toxins often go unnoticed because individuals who are not professionally trained cannot detect these gases and substance, but their implications can be deadly and harbor life long implications.

Asbestos can be found in an array of applications and is still legally used in the United States. Asbestos was widely used in the the early 19th century because of it’s impressive fire resistant properties. Its widespread use has decreased significantly over the years but it still poses a serious threat because it exists in products and applications that are still being used. To date, asbestos is the only proven cause of a rare cancer, mesothelioma, that affects an individual's lungs and abdominal area. Mesothelioma can take upwards of 30 years to present itself in its victims. If someone is exposed to asbestos it could take at least 10 years for that individual to experience any symptoms. Checking your home and products known to be contain asbestos is very important for maintaining your environments long term integrity due to mesothelioma’s long latency period among other health risks it can cause.

Radon is the number one cause of lung cancer in non-smokers contributing to thousands of cases each year. It is a colorless odorless and radioactive naturally occurring gas that has the ability to manifest itself in your how through a myriad of ways.

Carbon monoxide has very similar properties and is equally as threatening. It is emitted by things like gas stoves, chimneys, furnaces, laundry machines and kerosene space heaters.

These three toxins are downright frightening and harbor affects that equally as alarming. However, there are so many measures you can take today to ensure that you and your family are safe!




Proactive Steps

If you suspect there is asbestos in your home you can contact an asbestos abatement professional to inspect and assess your home. This professional will be able to locate any asbestos and determine whether it is dangerous or not.

Radon testing kits are available at many local home improvement stores. They are inexpensive and relatively easy to use and come with user friendly directions and instructions.

Carbon monoxide detectors are the easiest ways to be able to detect if this toxin already exists. To be proactive in preventing a carbon monoxide leak you should have a professional perform yearly maintenance on heating systems and ensure that proper ventilation exists – especially where any gas appliances are located.

The Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance helped me raise awareness for Poison Prevention Week 2017 by spreading awareness and helping to educate individuals about the dangers of poisons, both in the home and workplace. MCA is fighting to have asbestos banned in the United States while raising awareness for mesothelioma. The disease is rare and aggressive, affecting approximately 2,000-3,000 new patients each year, yielding a very poor life expectancy.


About the Author

Brook serves as the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance. The MCA strives to raise awareness for the rare cancer, mesothelioma while supporting the banning of asbestos use in the United States.