I'm starting a new series of posts called Educate Yourself. I am a strong believer in researching and educating ourselves. We have the whole World Wide Web at our fingertips. There is so much information out there about almost any topic you can come across. When it comes to our health, diet, and issues that effect us, it's very important that we educate ourselves.
Today's topic is Cervical Cancer.
"The More We Know, the Stronger We Become."
That's a quote from a bloggy friend, whom I deeply admire.
I invite you to read her story here. In fact, as parents, I think we are all obligated to read this story. Cervical cancer touches so many people, and we now have a way of helping to prevent it. We owe it to our children to educate ourselves about this. The vaccination is controversial, and I'm not here to tell you to go out and vaccinate your children. I am, however, here to tell you to educate yourself as much as you possibly can about HPV, cervical cancer, and the vaccination. Soak up the info like a sponge, then decide what's best for your children.
I have been told that cervical cancer is not a big deal, very easily treatable, very rarely serious or fatal, extremely rare, etc. None of this is true. On Meaghan's blog, she proves those theories wrong.
HPV linked to 25,000 cancers in 5 years
26 years old and facing a death sentence due to cervical cancer
Cervical Cancer Survivors Site
An Article on HPV & Cervical Cancer
These are just some of the many links on Meaghan's site. But besides those, read her story and the story of other cervical cancer survivors, and those who didn't survive.
I also witnessed my own close friend's battle with cervical cancer. Hers was caught early, so her battle wasn't nearly as bad as others, but still horrible. It was terrifiying and extremely painful. Then, there's the news I got last night. My good friend & co-worker just found out that her mother has cervical cancer. She rushed home to be with her. From what I understand, she is in the end stages. My co-worker is young; her mother is very young. This should not be happening.
If there's a way to prevent any of that from happening to my daughters...I'm going to take that route.
Make an informed decision regarding your child's health.
Now that Meaghan has kicked cancer, she is committed to raising awareness about Cervical Cancer, and I'm committed to helping her.