Breast Cancer Awareness

 

Did You Know?

In 2019, it’s estimated that among U.S. women and men there will be*:

Women

  • 268,600 new cases of invasive breast cancer
  • 41,760 breast cancer deaths

Men

2,670 new cases of invasive breast cancer
500 breast cancer deaths

Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC)- this is the group of women whose cancer has spread beyond the breast, into major organs. The quality and length of their life are most critically affected by the types of resources they have access to. A specific MBC link will give great insight into prognosis, research, quality of life support, etc.

African-American women- Currently, African American women are 40% more likely to die from breast cancer than any other population. We are also being diagnosed younger… and the younger you are, the more aggressive the disease. So here’s a link of ways we are working to close the gap and change the narrative of black women’s death to breast cancer. It would be super helpful to include somehow on our resource page.

Breast Cancer

  • Breast cancer occurs when cells divide and grow without their normal control.
  • Ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) occurs when the abnormal cells grow inside the milk ducts, but have not spread to nearby tissue. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer.”
  • Invasive breast cancer occurs when cancer cells spread to nearby tissue or other parts of the body.
  • Invasive breast cancer that spreads beyond the breast and nearby lymph nodes to other parts of the body is called metastatic breast cancer.

Warning Signs

  • The warning signs of breast cancer are not the same for everyone.
  • The most common signs are a change in the look or feel of the breast, a change in the look or feel of the nipple and nipple discharge.

*American Cancer Society. Cancer Facts and Figures 2019. Atlanta, GA: American Cancer Society, 2019.

From the Susan G. Komen website – https://ww5.komen.org/BreastCancer/FactsandStatistics.html

If you’d like to help get in the fight with us, please consider joining us for the 2019 Komen Dallas Race for the Cure®  HERE.

  • Enter Team Name: The Potter’s House of North Dallas

  • Join Team: (Christen O’Neal is listed as team captain.

  • Cost: $40 per person to participate in the walk; $20 for youth under 18 (paid directly thru website)

Domestic Violence Awareness

Domestic violence is best understood as a pattern of abusive behaviors–including physical, sexual, and psychological attacks as well as economic coercion–used by one intimate partner against another (adult or adolescent) to gain, maintain, or regain power and control in the relationship. Batterers use of a range of tactics to frighten, terrorize, manipulate, hurt, humiliate, blame, often injure, and sometimes kill a current or former intimate partner.

For more general information about domestic violence, including potential warning signs for emotional, physical, or sexual abuse, visit the National Domestic Violence Hotline’s information page: Is This Abuse? Get the Facts.

 

Other resources

The National Domestic Violence Hotline – https://www.thehotline.org

How to Identify and Report Elder Abuse – https://www.aplaceformom.com/blog/for-professionals/2-26-16-identifying-elder-abuse/

How to Recognize Trauma in Children – https://www.domesticshelters.org/domestic-violence-articles-information/how-to-recognize-trauma-in-children

Abused Children and Addiction:  The Guide to Untangling, Reconnecting and Building New Futures – https://www.drugrehab.org/abused-children-and-addiction/

Creating a Safety Plan – https://www.thehotline.org/help/path-to-safety/

Pregnancy & Infant Loss Awareness

Miscarriage, stillbirth, infant loss, and abortion are commonplace tragedies that affect many women and families in the United States. According to the March of Dimes:

  • Miscarriage occurs when a baby dies in the womb before 20 weeks of pregnancy. Among women who know they are pregnant, about 10-15% end in miscarriage.
  • Stillbirth happens when a baby dies in the womb after 20 weeks of pregnancy. Stillbirth affects about 1 in 160 pregnancies each year in the United States (less than 1%).
  • Neonatal death is when a baby dies in the first 28 days of life, which happens in about 4 in 1,000 babies born each year in the United States. 

These numbers mean that more women in our faith communities have experienced abortion, miscarriage, stillbirth, or infant loss than we ever realized. The grief of losing a child due to miscarriage, stillbirth or even abortion is often misunderstood, undervalued, and unsupported in our society.

For example, prior to 2001 women could not get birth certificates for their stillborn babies—only death certificates—sending the message that the time the baby spent kicking in the womb is insignificant. 5 Although this is slowly changing, currently only 34 states now offer this option.

When bereaved parents hear the from the hospital staff to their own family: “Your baby never existed”, they turn to grieving alone and in silence. They begin to believe there is something wrong with their grief. Losing a child in pregnancy or soon after birth can be devastating. If the loss occurred during pregnancy, in addition to grieving the loss of the child’s life, and all the hopes and dreams surrounding that life; the mother may be feeling guilt as she sifts through such questions as, “Why me? Did I do something wrong?”

Not only that, the grief of losing a child can put relational strain on a couple’s marriage. A study by Karina M. Shreffler, Patricia Wonch Hill, and Joanne Cacciatore found that women who experienced miscarriage or stillbirth have greater odds of divorce than women who did not experience a loss. Additional studies have found that parents may have significant difficulty performing day-to-day tasks while grieving the loss of their child. This can affect their ability to work and provide for their family — all while the world around them seems to ignore the loss.

Losing a child affects so many families. We want you to know that you are not alone. Your church is here for you! Please take a look at some of the resources below. If you need someone to talk to we have spiritual guidance available with caring staff who would love to pray with you and help you through the difficulties of losing a child.

*From “Made Known” produced by The ReThink Group and Orange

 

 

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