Here at Cards of Hope, we send out inspirational cards to over 500 people battling cancer weekly. For children in our program, we mail out cards with stickers, tattoos, bookmarks and etc. We run on purely donations. We are in desperate need of stamps. We go through over 2,220 stamps a month. Even one book of stamps, helps us send out 20 cards. Please help us today by donating money to buy stamps at the following link: https://www.paypal.me/cardsofhope or mail some to us. Everything is truly appreciated. We will even add your information to the sponsors page.
Look at how happy this cancer warrior is with getting cards and stickers from Cards of Hope. Your donations is what makes these smiles happen.
Happy New Year everyone! January marks a new year and cervical cancer awareness month. I hope that by 2017, that will be a cure for all cancers.
When talking about cancer, there are always lots of questions about who is at risk for developing it, the treatments, the signs and etc. I am going to try to cover some of that in today’s blog post. Let’s first look at the risk factors of cervical cancer.
Risk factors for cervical cancer : ( via www.cancer.org)
- Having a family history of cervical cancer (a mother or sister) –chances are 2 to 3 times higher of developing cervical cancer
- Being younger than 17 at your first full term pregnancy
- Having had multiple full term births
- Infection of HPV (human papilloma virus)
- Having used an IUD (Intrauterine device)
- Long term use of oral contraceptives
- Being overweight
- A diet low in fruits and vegetables
- Those that have had a Chlamydia infection
- Those that are on immunosuppression medications
- Those that have weakened immune systems
- Those that have been exposed to DES (diethylstilbestrol)
- Those that smoke
Just because you may have some or all of the risk factors above doesn’t mean that you will develop cervical cancer. It just means that you have a higher chance of developing it.
Here are the warning signs of cervical cancer. If you are having these signs, please contact our physician for a pap smear and check up.
- Abnormal vaginal bleeding (i.e. bleeding after sex, bleeding between menstrual cycles, bleeding after menopause and etc.)
- An unusual discharge from your vagina (often times between our periods)
- Painful intercourse
Typical ways for treating cervical cancer is surgery, chemotherapy and radiation therapy. Depending on what stage the cancer is diagnosed at is exactly what treatment is used.
So if you haven’t had your pap smear somewhat recently, please schedule to have it done soon.
This cancer warrior is showing off his card and stickers that he got from Cards of Hope. Making cancer warriors smile and little happier is what the Cards of Hope program is all about. Doesn’t he look happy?
Your donations of stamps, stickers, cards, tattoos and etc. is what helps bring hope, happiness and smiles to those battling cancer. Please consider donating today. Even a small donation of a book of stamps, helps out a lot.
It is breast cancer awareness month. This is a perfect time to schedule your yearly mammogram if you are a woman over the age of 40.
Here are some tips to help when you go for yours.
- Don’t wear deodorant, powders, lotions or perfumes the day of your mammogram. These items can possibly show up on your images.
- Schedule your mammogram when your breast will be the least tender. ( Often times this is the week after your period)
- Consider taking Motrin or Tylenol prior to your mammogram, if you feel a lot discomfort when having one.
- Often times wearing a two piece outfit makes putting on the facility’s gown a little easier.
- If you are having a mammogram done at a different place then you did last time, make sure to bring your films from your last mammogram to that facility. That way they have something to compare your new pictures to.
- Have a friend have theirs on the same day. Often times having a buddy that is going through having a mammogram helps time go by faster in the waiting area.
Here is another one of our cancer warriors so happy to get some hugs and hope in the mail from Cards of Hope. Please think about donating to help us continue this wonderful program.
Today we received 5 new applicants for the Cards of Hope program. We generally get 1-3 a week. There are currently over 500 people worldwide enrolled in the program. We are in desperate need of any and all donations. One book of stamps ($9.40) helps us send out 20 cards to 20 people. If we don’t get some donations in shortly, we may have to turn new people enrolling away. We don’t want to ever have to do that. Please consider donating something (stamps, cards, stickers, tattoos, bookmarks, jewelry, craft kits and etc) today. *We also have an Amazon wishlist to make donating even easier* Here is a link to our donation page: http://cards-of-hope.com/donations/ Thank you so much for your support!
This cancer warrior is showing off a rainbow craft that she got in the mail from Cards of Hope. This is what your donations go to, helping bring happiness to those fighting cancer. Please consider donating today.
Hello everyone! March is almost over, but before it ends I wanted to go over some basic awareness for Multiple Myeloma. March is also Multiple Myeloma awareness month.
Did you know that Multiple Myeloma is the 2nd most common blood cancer in the United States? Most people are diagnosed after the age of 65 and it is very rare in people under 35 years of age. More males than females get this cancer. If you have a family history of this disease then you are at a more increased risk.
Below is a list of signs of Multiple Myeloma. If you have these symptoms, please see your doctor to get tested.
This little cancer warrior princess is showing off her card and goodies from Cards of Hope. Look at that smile.