October Awareness: What you need to know.

SheSpeaksTeam By SheSpeaksTeam 10.02.19
October Awareness: What you need to know.

There are certain month-long events that get a lot of people talking. February is both National Heart Month and Black History Month. March is Women's History Month. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Turns out, Breast Cancer Awareness is not the only topic we should be mindful of in October. Take a minute to find out about many important issues - and why they really matter. 

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

A woman born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life, according to the Dr. Susan Love Foundation. But 40% of those cases can be prevented by lifestyle measures such as maintaining a healthy weight, breastfeeding, eating well, exercising, and limiting alcohol consumption. Plus, early detection increases survival rates, so it's important to consult with your doctor about your family history, changes in your breasts and getting mammograms, as needed.

ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia Awareness Month

1 in 5 kids struggle with ADHD, learning disabilities and/or dyslexia, according to Understood.org. And because not everyone understands these challenges, they sometimes get ignored or are misinterpreted as a child misbehaving or being lazy. We highly recommend checking out the Through Your Child's Eyes simulation where you can learn firsthand what kids with these issues experience every day. It's also important to note that many adults also struggle with ADHD, Learning Disabilities and Dyslexia, and if they never got help, it's much more difficult to handle later in life.

National Domestic Violence Awareness Month

10 million people per year (20 per second) are physically abused by an intimate partner in the United States, according to the National Coalition Against Domestic Violence (NCADV). That equates to 1 in 3 women and 1 in 4 men who have experienced some form of physical violence by an intimate partner. Domestic violence affects individuals in every community regardless of age, economic status, sexual orientation, gender, race, religion, or nationality. For more information on understanding this epidemic, as well as things you can do to help, visit the NCADV website.

National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month

Tens of thousands of families experience a miscarriage, stillbirth or death of an infant. According to the Star Legacy Foundation, "Promoting awareness of pregnancy and infant loss not only increases the likelihood that grieving families will receive understanding and support, but also results in improved education and prevention efforts which may ultimately reduce the incidence of these tragedies."

Down Syndrome Awareness Month:

Approximately 6,000 babies with Down Syndrome are born in the United States each year, according to the National Down Syndrome Society (NDSS). Most people with Down Syndrome have a mild to moderate cognitive disability or intellectual disability but there are many misconceptions that should be corrected. Check out this page on the NDSS website to find out more. 

What matters to you this October? Tell us below!

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  • lalanieortiz By lalanieortiz

    I would love for a donation to go to the foundation for children with learning disabilities. I myself have a daughter with autism so I know first hand just exactly how hard it is for parents to get the support our children need.

  • informative1 By informative1

    I am a survivor of domestic violence, I want others who are in the same position to know that YOU MATTER and that no one should ever be abused physically, mentally, or verbally. Get help and know that it's not easy to stop this vicious cycle, however, the 1st step is all you need to get started

  • luckysista By luckysista

    Suicide prevention

  • maddog74 By maddog74

    my family

  • liveloveinflucence By liveloveinflucence

    National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month is an important topic to me. I have had several friend and close family members struggle with this. It is important for those who have suffered this loss that they are not alone.

  • tiabeverly By tiabeverly

    My family matters most to me always

  • MissMiles517 By MissMiles517

    I want people to be aware of breast cancer and how important it is to get your mammogram.

  • jmahaffey1021 By jmahaffey1021

    One of my best friends was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer 2 months ago. They recently discovered the cancer is in other parts of her body including her brain. They have only given her 6 weeks or less to live. I would like to donate in her honor.

  • hisbeby By hisbeby

    I would like it to go to breast cancer awareness. It runs in my family and I have lost my granda from it

  • Abw0020 By Abw0020

    If I won, I would want the donation to go to the infant and child loss charity. I have so many friends and family members, including my own mother, who have lost children. Having a child myself, I cant imagine the pain that they go through daily.

  • jjalk35 By jjalk35

    I don?t get to leave for any holiday but I get to spend it with my husband and youngest son

  • jjalk35 By jjalk35

    I would have to go with autism and adhd because my son has them and so much more!

  • jerylt By jerylt

    The huge economic divide in this country and how many families are just struggling to survive.

  • Laura9 By Laura9

    Out of these ones, I would definitely want people to be aware of National Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness Month. All are important though, so the choice is hard.

  • mdunnings By mdunnings


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