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.
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.
Another happy cancer warrior. Isn’t she such a beautiful little princess? Keep on being brave.
With the holiday season closely approaching, Cards of Hope could use donations to help make our warriors’ Christmas season a little happier. Please consider donating today. Even a book of stamps helps us out a lot.
This cancer warrior has a big smile with getting a card from Cards of Hope and a little bracelet to make her day a little brighter. This is what Cards of Hope is all about.. bringing hope, emotional support, smiles, love and happiness.
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.
This picture is from one of our cancer warriors. She enjoyed getting her card and stickers. Please consider donating to Cards of Hope, so that we can bring hope, joy and love to more cancer warriors.
This little cancer warrior lives in Belgium and is showing off the special surprise that he got from Cards of Hope. He loves bunnies, so we sent him a bunny hat that was specially made just for him. It looks like we made another little one super happy. What do you think?
We are always in need of donations. Please donate today to http://www.cards-of-hope.com/donations/
This video and comment came from a lady that we write to in Chile. This is what Cards of Hope is all about!
“Thank you Lacie for sending my cards. You make me so happy when I see the cards and they are like little surprises because they just appear in my house. The little bracelet and doggie necklace made me girlie and I love them and my kitty stickers and my tattoos. It is very hard for me to post and hope you like it and watch it all. love you”
This little girl was so happy to show off her mail from Cards of Hope. Her smile is so contagious. What a strong and brave cancer warrior princess!