Malik Yoba: 2Pac Talked About Helping the Community But Nipsey Actually Did It (Part 4)

Malik Yoba: 2Pac Talked About Helping the Community But Nipsey Actually Did It (Part 4)

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In this clip, Malik Yoba speaks on the tragic loss of Nipsey Hussle, describing his murder as “post-traumatic slave syndrome,” where black individuals don’t value one another and look at themselves as human. With that said, he understood why Nipsey stayed so loyal to his roots in Los Angeles, while relating to his mindset of giving back to your community. For all his efforts and achievements, he states that unlike other artists Nipsey actually put action behind his words, thus showing a loyalty to Crenshaw that gave the neighborhood new value and significance.

20 Community Service Ideas

20 Community Service Ideas

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86 Emotional Johnny Cash Quotes

86 Emotional Johnny Cash Quotes

A black and white photo of Johnny Cash in a western jacket with slick hair

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Johnny Cash was one of the most successful music artists of all time. A country music icon, his songs and his sound embraced many genres, including rock and roll, rockabilly, blues, folk, and gospel. He sold more than 90 million records worldwide.

With his all-black performing wardrobe, the ‘Man in Black’ became famous for his honest and sombre demeanor, free prison concerts, and calming bass-baritone voice. He opened his concerts with a simple “Hello, I’m Johnny Cash,” followed up with his signature song, Folsom Prison Blues.

But great success came at a price.

Cash struggled with addictions to alcohol and drugs, watched his personal life flounder, and spent nights in jails across America. Deep sorrow, moral tribulations, and the need for redemption are common themes found in his music, and they echo a life full of deep feelings and difficult experiences.

In honor of the Man in Black and the lasting legacy of his music, here are 86 of the best Johnny Cash Quotes.

Johnny Cash playing an acoustic guitar and singing Ring of Fire

“Success is having to worry about every damn thing in the world, except money.” – Johnny Cash (image © Getty Images)

On Childhood

J.R. Cash was born on February 26, 1932, in Kingsland, Arkansas to Ray Cash and Carrie Cloveree (née Rivers). He was the fourth of seven children, 4 boys and 3 girls. When Cash was three years old, the family settled in Dyess, Arkansas, a “New Deal” colony that had been established to give poor families the opportunity to work land that they could later own.

From the age of five, he worked in the cotton fields with his family, singing with them as they worked. At home, J.R. and his siblings listened to gospel music and the radio.

On May 12, 1944, an accident occurred that was to change Johnny Cash’s life and outlook. His older brother Jack, with whom he was very close, was fatally injured at the high school he was working in. He was pulled into an unguarded table saw while cutting oak into fence posts, and was almost cut in two; he died from his injuries a week later.

In his autobiography, Cash spoke of the guilt he felt over this incident, as he, his mother, and even Jack himself all had a deep sense of foreboding about that particular day. His mother urged Jack to skip work and go fishing with his brother, but he insisted on working to bring the money home to his family.

The family’s personal and economic struggles during the Great Depression inspired many of Johnny Cash’s later songs, especially those about poor workers who were facing similar difficulties.

Three young brothers running through a rye field together in Pennsylvania

“I knew I wanted to sing when I was a very small boy. When I was probably 4 years old. My mother played a guitar and I would sit with her and she would sing and I learned to sing along with her.” – Johnny Cash

“You’ve got to know your limitations. I don’t know what your limitations are. I found out what mine were when I was twelve. I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way.”

“I found out that there weren’t too many limitations, if I did it my way.”

“I’m very shy really. I spend a lot of time in my room alone reading or writing or watching television.”

“That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.”

“My father was a man of love. He always loved me to death. He worked hard in the fields, but my father never hit me. Never. I don’t ever remember a really cross, unkind word from my father.”

Johnny Cash quote on top of dark blue water with sunlight shining on it

“God gives us life and takes us away as He sees fit.” – Johnny Cash

On Work

Cash enlisted in the United States Air Force on July 7, 1950. He did his basic training at Lackland Air Force Base and his technical training at Brooks Air Force Base, both in San Antonio, Texas. He was assigned to the 12th Radio Squadron Mobile of the U.S. Air Force Security Service in Germany, where he worked as a Morse code operator intercepting Soviet Army transmissions.

He was honorably discharged four years later, and returned to Texas. It was during his military service that he acquired the distinctive scar on the right side of his jaw as a result of surgery to remove a cyst.

Later that year (1954) Cash and his young wife Vivian moved to Memphis, Tennessee. He sold appliances while studying to be a radio announcer, playing with guitarist Luther Perkins and bassist Marshall Grant by night.

Cash worked up the courage to visit the Sun Records studio in hopes of a recording contract. But when he auditioned for Sam Phillips, singing mostly gospel songs, the producer told him that he no longer recorded gospel music.

Sam Phillips was rumored to have told Johnny Cash to “go home and sin, then come back with a song I can sell.” Cash eventually won over the producer with new songs delivered in his early rockabilly style. In 1955, Cash made his first recordings at Sun, “Hey Porter” and “Cry! Cry! Cry!”, which were released in late June and met with success on the country hit parade.

“This business I’m in is different. It’s special. The people around me feel like brothers and sisters. We hardly know each other, but we’re that close; somehow there’s been an immediate bonding between total strangers. We share each other’s triumphs, and when one of us gets hurt, we all bleed – it’s corny, I know, but it’s true. I’ve never experienced anything like this before. It’s great. It turns up the heat in life.”

A recording microphone like the one Johnny Cash used in Memphis

“I learn from my mistakes. It’s a very painful way to learn, but without pain, the old saying is, there’s no gain.” – Johnny Cash

“That was the big thing when I was growing up, singing on the radio. The extent of my dream was to sing on the radio station in Memphis. Even when I got out of the Air Force in 1954, I came right back to Memphis and started knocking on doors at the radio station.”

“You’ve got a song you’re singing from your gut, you want that audience to feel it in their gut. And you’ve got to make them think that you’re one of them sitting out there with them too. They’ve got to be able to relate to what you’re doing.”

“I took the easy way, and to an extent I regret that. Still, though, the way we did it was honest. We played it and sang it the way we felt it, and there’s a lot to be said for that.”

A dark gray stone wall with a Johnny Cash quote

“You build on failure. You use it as a stepping stone. Close the door on the past. You don’t try to forget the mistakes, but you don’t dwell on it. You don’t let it have any of your energy, or any of your time, or any of your space.” – Johnny Cash

“People call me wild. Not really though, I’m not. I guess I’ve never been normal, not what you call Establishment. I’m country.”

“If you aren’t gonna say exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all.”

“I love to go to the studio and stay there 10 or 12 hours a day. I love it. What is it? I don’t know. It’s life.”

“It’s like a novelist writing far out things. If it makes a point and makes sense, then people like to read that. But if it’s off in left field and goes over the edge, you lose it. The same with musical talent, I think.”

A record player with its needle touching the vinyl of a Johnny Cash record

“They’re powerful, those songs. At times they’ve been my only way back, the only door out of the dark, bad places the black dog calls home.” – Johnny Cash

“The things that have always been important: to be a good man, to try to live my life the way God would have me, to turn it over to Him that His will might be worked in my life, to do my work without looking back, to give it all I’ve got, and to take pride in my work as an honest performer.”

“When I record somebody else’s song, I have to make it my own or it doesn’t feel right. I’ll say to myself, I wrote this and he doesn’t know it!”

“You have to be what you are. Whatever you are, you gotta be it.”

“Life is rough so you gotta be tough.”

A large vinyl record with a smaller record on a turntable in the background

“I start a lot more songs than I finish, because I realize when I get into them, they’re no good. I don’t throw them away, I just put them away, store them, get them out of sight.” – Johnny Cash

On Life

1957 saw Cash bringing out the music for which he became most famous: “Folsom Prison Blues” and “I Walk the Line,” the latter becoming number one on the country charts and even crossed over into the pop chart. “Home of the Blues” followed and that same year, Cash became the first Sun artist to release a long-playing album.

Although he was Sun’s most consistently selling and prolific artist at that time, Cash felt constrained by his contract with the small label. Phillips did not want Cash to record gospel music at all, and was paying him a 3% royalty rather than the standard rate of 5%. In 1958, Cash followed in Elvis Presley’s footsteps and left Sun, signing a lucrative offer with Columbia Records.

His single “Don’t Take Your Guns to Town” became one of his biggest hits, and he was finally able to record a collection of gospel songs for his second album. When you hear the name Johnny Cash, Folsom Prison comes to mind. In the late fifties he started to perform concerts in California prisons like Folsom and San Quentin, which led to successful live recordings. Central to The Gift: The Journey of Johnny Cash documentary, which premiered at SXSW, these concerts propelled his fame to new heights.

As his career began to really take off, Cash started drinking heavily and became addicted to amphetamines and barbiturates. He briefly shared an apartment in Nashville with Waylon Jennings, whose own addiction fueled Cash’s.

He relied on stimulants to stay awake during tours, and though people turned a blind eye to his “nervousness” and erratic behavior, his drug addiction was worsening. It led to cancelled performances, and Cash was arrested seven times for misdemeanors.

In 1967, the singer was jailed for the night in LaFayette, Georgia. He was released after a long talk from Sheriff Ralph Jones, who warned him about the danger of his behavior and his wasted potential.

An acoustic guitar leaning against a white pillow with leaves embroidered on it

“Of emotions, of love, of breakup, of love and hate and death and dying, mama, apple pie, and the whole thing. It covers a lot of territory, country music does.” – Johnny Cash

“If this were a movie I’d be the bad guy.”

“There’s a lot of things blamed on me that never happened. But then, there’s a lot of things that I did that I never got caught at.”

“Beneath the stains of time the feeling disappears, you are someone else I am still right here.”

“There’s no more simple life with simple choices for the young.”

“However, neither he nor anyone else could have become the star Elvis was. Ain’t nobody like Elvis. Never was.”

The hands of a guitar player playing an acoustic guitar

“Sometimes I am two people. Johnny is the nice one. Cash causes all the trouble. They fight.” – Johnny Cash

“Somehow there’s been an immediate bonding between total strangers. We share each other’s triumphs, and when one of us gets hurt, we all bleed – it’s corny, I know, but it’s true.”

“We’re all in this together if we’re in it at all.”

“You miss a lot of opportunities by making mistakes, but that’s part of it: knowing that you’re not shut out forever, and that there’s a goal you still can reach.”

“The ones that you’re calling wild are going to be the leaders in a little while.”

“I’m not bitter. Why should I be bitter? I’m thrilled to death with life.”

View of an empty cell through prison bars at Folsom Prison

“Convicts are the best audience I ever played for.” – Johnny Cash

“I love weather. I’m a connoisseur of weather. Wherever my travels take me, the first thing I do is turn on the weather channel and see what’s going on, what’s coming. I like to know about regional weather patterns, how storms are created in different altitudes, what kinds of clouds are forming or dissipating or blowing through, where the winds are coming from, where they’ve been. That’s not a passion everybody shares, I know, but I don’t believe there are any people on earth who, properly sheltered, don’t feel the peace inside a summer rain and the cleansing it brings, the renewal of the earth in its aftermath.”

“If you aren’t gonna say exactly how and what you feel, you might as well not say anything at all.”

“Money can’t buy back your youth when you’re old, a friend when you’re lonely, or peace to your soul.”

“It’s good to know who hates you and it is good to be hated by the right people.”

An audience of hundreds of people all facing a stage off camera

“The battle against the dark one, and the clinging to the right one, is what my life is about.” – Johnny Cash

“A rose looks grey at midnight, but the flame is just asleep. And steel is strong because it knows the hammer and white heat.”

“You can ask the people around me. I don’t give up. I don’t give up… and it’s not out of frustration and desperation that I say I don’t give up. I don’t give up because I don’t give up. I don’t believe in it.”

“It makes me so mad that some people underestimate the wisdom and energy of young people. All because they don’t look the way older folks think they should look. I’m working on a song about it. Maybe some of those closed minded people will realize long hair and tattoos don’t mean they should be ignored. Close minded people are part of what’s wrong with this world.”

An American flag waving to depict country music in America

“When I think about country music, I think about America.” – Johnny Cash

“I love the freedoms we got in this country, I appreciate your freedom to burn your flag if you want to, but I really appreciate my right to bear arms so I can shoot you if you try to burn mine.”

On Love

Johnny Cash had met Vivian Liberto in San Antonio in July 1951, just before his 3-year deployment to Germany. They married a month after his discharge, and had four daughters: Rosanne, Kathy, Cindy, and Tara. Liberto filed for divorce in 1966, stating Cash’s serious drug and alcohol abuse, constant touring, and affairs with other women, as reasons. She then raised the couple’s four daughters alone.

Cash met the love of his life, singer June Carter, while he was on tour. The two became absolutely infatuated with each other, despite the fact that they were both married to other people (and Johnny’s continued addiction issues). In 1968, 13 years after they first met, Cash proposed to June during a live performance in London, Ontario. They married on March 1, 1968, in Franklin, Kentucky and went on to have one child together, John Carter Cash, who was born March 3, 1970.

Johnny Cash and June Carter Cash continued to work, raise their child, create music, and tour together for 35 more years, until June died in May 2003. Cash stated that he believed that his only reason for living was his music. He passed away just four months after she did, on 12 September 2003.

Their great love story is central to the 2005 biographical movie Walk the Line, starring Joaquin Phoenix and Reese Witherspoon as Johnny and June.

A flat white with a thistle pattern in its foam at Filament Coffee in Edinburgh

“This morning, with her, having coffee. [his description of paradise]” – Johnny Cash

“For you I know I’d even try to turn the tide.”

“Happiness is being at peace, being with loved ones, being comfortable…but most of all, it’s having those loved ones.”

“There’s unconditional love there. You hear that phrase a lot but it’s real with me and her [June Carter]. She loves me in spite of everything, in spite of myself. She has saved my life more than once. She’s always been there with her love, and it has certainly made me forget the pain for a long time, many times. When it gets dark and everybody’s gone home and the lights are turned off, it’s just me and her.”

“When my wife died, I booked myself into the studio just to work, to occupy myself.”

“Backstage at the Grand Ole Opry, I got on my knees and told her that I was going to marry her some day. We were both married to someone else at the time. ‘Ring Of Fire’ — June and Merle Kilgore wrote that song for me – that’s the way our love affair was. We fell madly in love and we worked together all the time, toured together all the time, and when the tour was over we both had to go home to other people. It hurt.”

“Flesh and blood needs flesh and blood, and you’re the one I need.”

Johnny Cash and June Carter standing on a runway outside a PanAm plane

“Loneliness is emptiness, but happiness is you.” – Johnny Cash image © George Stroud/Stringer, Getty Images

“She’s the greatest woman I have ever known. Nobody else, except my mother, comes close.”

“There’s no way around grief and loss: you can dodge all you want, but sooner or later you just have to go into it, through it, and, hopefully, come out the other side. The world you find there will never be the same as the world you left.”

“I’m not really concerned about boundaries. I just follow my conscience and my heart. Follow your heart. That’s what I do. Compassion is something I have a lot of, because I’ve been through a lot of pain in my life. Anybody who has suffered a lot of pain has a lot of compassion.”

“Life and love go on, let the music play.”

A country music singer in a snap shirt playing a Japanese round guitar

“All your life, you will be faced with a choice. You can choose love or hate…I choose love.” – Johnny Cash

“The spirit of June Carter overshadows me tonight with the love she had for me and the love I have for her. We connect somewhere between here and Heaven. She came down for a short visit, I guess, from Heaven to visit with me tonight to give me courage and inspiration like she always has. She’s never been one for me except courage and inspiration. I thank God for June Carter. I love her with all my heart.”

On Faith

Early in 1967, Cash had a spiritual epiphany in the Nickajack Cave. Cash, under the influence of drugs, supposedly attempted to commit suicide. He descended into the cave, trying to lose himself and “just die,” but instead passed out on the floor.

There he felt God’s presence in his heart and followed a faint light and slight breeze out of the cave to safety. To him, the incident represented a rebirth – a second chance.

June and her parents Maybelle and Ezra moved into Cash’s mansion for a month to help him get off drugs. It took time for him to break his addictions to drugs, but June, their son John Carter Cash, and his faith, ultimately helped Johnny Cash to get back to life on the straight and narrow. He also developed a friendship with Billy Graham, and was inspired to produce a film about Jesus’ life.

Close-up os a country western guitar in Memphis Tennessee

“Creative people have to be fed from the divine source. I have to get fed. I had to get filled up in order to pour out.” – Johnny Cash

“I don’t have Paul’s calling – I’m not out there being all things to all men to win them for Christ – but sometimes I can be a signpost. Sometimes I can sow a seed. And post-hole diggers and seed sowers are mighty important in the building of the Kingdom.”

“If you don’t get outside every day, even for a minute, you have not appreciated what God has done. It makes you grateful for our surroundings, and it starts your day differently.”

“No matter how much you’ve sinned, no matter how much you’ve stumbled, no matter how much you fall, no matter how far you’ve got from God, don’t give up. You can still be redeemed. As someone says, keep the faith.”

“Life is the question and life is the answer, and God is the reason and love is the way.”

Hands holding up electric guitars, acoustic guitars, a keyboard, and a Macbook

“I am not a Christian artist, I am an artist who is a Christian.” – Johnny Cash

“I read novels but I also read the Bible. And study it, you know? And the more I learn, the more excited I get.”

“We’ll all be equal under the grass, and God’s got a heaven for country trash.”

“God’s the final judge for Elvis Presley and Johnny Cash too. That’s solely in the hands of God.”

“I have tried drugs and a little of everything else, and there iss nothing in the world more soul-satisfying than having the kingdom of God building inside you and growing.”

“I love songs about horses, railroads, land, Judgment Day, family, hard times, whiskey, courtship, marriage, adultery, separation, murder, war, prison, rambling, damnation, home, salvation, death, pride, humor, piety, rebellion, patriotism, larceny, determination, tragedy, rowdiness, heartbreak and love. And Mother. And God.”

Two Lag Tramontane guitars leaning against the base of a wooden stage

“There is a spiritual side to me that goes real deep, but I confess right up front that I’m the biggest sinner of them all.” – Johnny Cash

“How well I have learned that there is no fence to sit on between heaven and hell. There is a deep, wide gulf, a chasm, and in that chasm is no place for any man.”

“The Master of Life been good to me. He has given me strength to face past illnesses, and victory in the face of defeat. He has given me life and joy where other saw oblivion. He Has given new purpose to live for, new services to render and old wounds to heal. Life and love go on, let the music play.”

“My arms are too short to box with God.”

“The gospel of Christ must always be an open door with a welcome sign for all.”

“Jesus will not fail me, I shall not be moved.”

A Ryrie Study Bible laying open to Psalms on a wooden desk in dim light

“When God forgave me, I figured I’d better do it too.” – Johnny Cash

On Being ‘The Man in Black’

Early in his career, Cash was given the nickname “the Undertaker” by fellow artists because he had a habit of wearing black clothes. He said he chose them because they were easier to keep looking clean when performing every night on long tours; and it was also the only color that he and his bandmates all had in their traveling wardrobe.

By 1970, the image of Johnny Cash as ‘The Man in Black’ was fully formed. In contrast with the rhinestone suits and cowboy boots worn by other major country acts, Cash stood out for performing dressed all in black, wearing a long, black, knee-length coat. He is also known to have said that he wore black for the poor and the hungry, in honor of the prisoner who had paid for his crime, and in mourning for the lives lost by Americans in the Vietnam War.

The Man in Black singing into a microphone at a country music concert

“Everybody was wearing rhinestones, all those sparkly clothes, and cowboy boots. I decided to wear a black shirt and pants and see if I could get by with it. I did and I’ve worn black clothes ever since.” – Johnny Cash Image © Dan Poush/AP Photo

“I wear black because I’m comfortable in it. But then in the summertime when it’s hot I’m comfortable in light blue.”

“I was wearing black clothes almost from the beginning. I feel comfortable in black. I felt like black looked good onstage, that it was attractive, so I started wearing it all the time.”

“I wore black because I liked it. I still do, and wearing it still means something to me. It’s still my symbol of rebellion — against a stagnant status quo, against our hypocritical houses of God, against people whose minds are closed to others’ ideas.”

“I wear the black for the poor and the beaten down, Livin’ in the hopeless, hungry side of town, I wear it for the prisoner who has long paid for his crime, But is there because he’s a victim of the times. I wear the black for those who never read.”

The Man in Black playing a guitar and singing Walk the Line

“Until things are brighter, I’m the man in black.” – Johnny Cash (image © Getty Images)

10 Johnny Cash Facts

1. According to his son John Carter Cash, Johnny Cash’s favorite books were The Bible, Gary Jenning’s Aztec, Og Mandino’s Greatest Salesman in the World, and Khalil Gibran’s The Prophet.

2. He bought his first guitar in Öberammergau, Germany, while in the US Air Force.

3. Cash became an ordained minister, and presided over the wedding of his daughter Karen.

4. He didn’t write his most famous song. “Ring of Fire” was written by June Carter and Merle Kilgore, and was actually released first by June’s sister Anita Carter. Cash made it his own by adding the Mariachi horns.

5. During a hotel stay in the 1950s, Cash and his bandmates let 500 baby chicks loose.

6. Johnny Cash was a campaigner for Native American rights. In 1966, the Seneca Nation’s Turtle Clan adopted Cash for his activism.

7. He released an incredible 96 albums and 170 singles over a career that spanned from 1954 to 2003.

8. Cash wrote two autobiographies, decades apart. Man in Black was written in 1975, and Cash: The Autobiography in 1997.

9. A species of tarantula in Folsom, CA is named after him: the “Aphonopelma johnnycashi.”

10. Only two people have been inducted into to the Songwriter’s Hall of Fame, the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and the Country Music Hall of Fame: Hank Williams and Johnny Cash.

Bonus Fact: The opening montage of Zack Snyder’s 2004 remake of Dawn of the Dead is set to Cash’s iconic song, The Man Comes Around. 

Did we forget any of your favorite Johnny Cash Quotes? Let us know or submit your favorite and stay inspired!

Published at Fri, 14 Jun 2019 17:47:27 +0000

How To Help The Homeless In Your Community

How To Help The Homeless In Your Community

Ways to help the homeless in your community.

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The Easiest Way to Help Other People: Blake Canterbury at TEDxBend

The Easiest Way to Help Other People: Blake Canterbury at TEDxBend

Blake is the Founder and CEO of beremedy — the simplest way to help other people. beremedy is an organization that uses social media to connect those in need with those that can help. It’s based on the concept that there are the resources in every community to meet the needs of that community. beremedy has been named one of the “3 best twitter usages worldwide” by CNN (3/20/11). beremedy was one of the leading organizations in bringing aid to Haiti after the earthquake using social media to network organizations, the UN and U.S. Marines. Through social media they have been able to help thousands of people and they’re just getting started.

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5 Amazing Health Benefits of Pets

5 Amazing Health Benefits of Pets

A French Bulldog in the window of a Yukon Denali showing the health benefits of pets

Do you find yourself arranging your weekend activities to spend quality time with your pooch? Or looking forward to being greeted by your cat’s miaow when you get home at the end of a long day?

If you answered “yes!” then you’re in good company.

According to the 2017-2018 National Pet Owners Survey, a staggering 65% of US households – that’s around 85 million families – own a pet. That’s up from 56% in 1988, the first year the survey was conducted.

What’s more, we spend upwards of $60 billion each year on food, supplies, over-the-counter medicines, veterinary care, live animal purchases, and grooming and boarding.

Whether a dog, cat, fish, bird, or reptile, more of us are sharing our homes – and our lives – with pets than ever before. But why is that?

Aside from the unconditional love, more than 25 years of research has shown that living with pets offers real benefits to your health. From boosting immunity to lessening anxiety symptoms, socializing and romance, the evidence is clear: having a pet can help you live a happier, fuller, and healthier life.

That’s why we’ve put together a list of amazing health benefits of pets. So whether you’ve always had a pet, or are thinking of joining the 85 million families in America who currently own one, there’s plenty to learn about embracing our animal friends.

A smiling tabby cat kitten sitting in a clump of daisies in on a green lawn

“Time spent with cats is never wasted.” – Sigmund Freud

1. Preventing Allergies

If cuddling up to a pup or kitty seems like a backwards way of preventing allergies, just keep reading.

James E. Gern, MD, a paediatrician at the University of Wisconsin-Madison says: “the old thinking was that if your family had a pet, the children were more likely to become allergic to the pet. And if you came from an allergy-prone family, pets should be avoided.” However, his research is rapidly debunking these assumptions.

Along with a growing number of other studies, Dr. Gern’s research has suggested that children who grow up in a home with “furred animals” – whether it’s a pet cat or dog, or on a farm with large animals like horses, will actually have a lower risk of allergies and asthma than those who don’t.

Gern’s team analyzed the blood of babies at birth and after one year, looking for evidence of allergic reaction, immunity changes, and reactions to bacteria in the environment.

Infants in homes with dogs were less likely to show evidence of pet allergies – just 19% instead of 33%. They were also less likely to have eczema, a common skin allergy that causes itchy red patches.

Dr. Gern noted that: “dogs are dirty animals, and this suggests that babies who have greater exposure to dirt and allergens have a stronger immune system.” Strong immune systems mean greater resilience to basic infections like the common cold and flu, which can be vital for school age children.

While the allergy-prevention potential of owning a pet may not be helpful to adults with pre-existing allergy issues, this is welcome news for those who might be questioning getting a pet before starting a family.

A man sitting outside a wooden barn with his brown and white spaniel dog

“A dog is the only thing on earth that loves you more than he loves himself.” – Josh Billings

2. They can keep your heart healthy

Having a pet can do more for your heart than just tug on its strings.

Both the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and the National Institute of Health (NIH) have conducted extensive studies on the heart health of people with pets – and the news is overwhelmingly good.

Pet owners have lower blood pressure and a lower risk of developing cardiovascular diseases.

That’s because of something Harvard researchers call the “pet effect” – a nice name for saying that the very act of touching a dog (or cat, or any four legged friend) has a soothing effect that actually lowers the heart rate.

Dog owners are also more likely to have higher activity levels, which – alongside maintaining a healthy weight and diet, and avoiding smoking – is a crucial factor in avoiding heart attacks.

Today, the vast majority of cases of heart disease are caused by high levels of triglycerides and LDL or “bad” cholesterol, which causes fatty buildups within the artery walls.

These narrowed arteries put us at a much higher risk of heart attacks and strokes.

Interestingly, the Harvard study found that dog owners had lower cholesterol and triglyceride levels than non-owners, and that these differences weren’t necessarily explained by diet, smoking, or body mass index (BMI).

Taken together, lower blood pressure and cholesterol levels play a huge role in minimizing the risk of a heart attack.

What’s more, among those who have already experienced a heart attack, the research indicates that patients with a dog or a cat actually have better recovery rates than those without pets.

A brown King Charles Spaniel puppy and a black kitten sitting together on a concrete step

“Pet’s don’t see imperfections. They only see love.” – Unknown

3. They Lower Stress

These higher recovery rates among heart attack patients with pets are largely down to the stress-busting capabilities of pets.

In one study, a group of stockbrokers who suffered from high blood pressure were encouraged to adopt either a cat or dog. In their subsequent blood pressure readings, those stockbrokers with pets had lower blood pressure in stressful situations than those who didn’t – even when their dog or cat wasn’t actually with them.

Other studies have shown that pet owners with AIDS were much less likely to suffer from depression than those without pets. Researcher Judith Siegel, PhD. said that this benefit is “especially pronounced when people are strongly attached to their pets.”

Chronic disease isn’t a prerequisite for feeling the health benefits of having a pet.

Anyone – even the very healthy – can struggle with stress, which might manifest as trouble sleeping, anxious feelings, or the adoption of bad habits.

When we’re stressed, we get into what has been described by Blair Justice, PhD, a psychology professor at the University of Texas School of Public Health as a “state of dis-ease.”

This is characterized by the body’s release of chemicals like cortisol and norepinephrine, which can have a negative impact on the immune system. That’s why, when we’re feeling down, we are more susceptible to seasonal allergies or coughs and colds.

In his book Who Gets Sick: How Beliefs, Moods, and Thoughts Affect Your Health Dr. Justice advocates that spending time with your pet can actually elevate your levels of serotonin and dopamine. These neurotransmitters are known to have pleasurable and calming properties, and are produced naturally by the body when you do something that makes you feel good.

For those with depression, anxiety, or other mental health issues, pets play a particularly important role.

As well as unconditional love, caring for a pet may give their owners a sense of purpose and responsibility. The sense of companionship offered by pets of all kinds is known to combat feelings of loneliness, which can really boost your mood.

The ability of pets to bring joy and happiness to people, especially the elderly and the sick, is being increasingly recognized and has led to a rise in Animal-Assisted Therapy (AAT) or Pet-Facilitated Therapy (PFT) in nursing homes and hospitals.

Even outside of these environments, with an animal in the home, people with Alzheimer’s Disease are thought to have fewer anxious outbursts.

A woman running with her boxer puppy and enjoying the health benefits of pets

“I really love pets. They’re like children. They know if you really love them or not. You can’t fool them.” – Donna Douglas

4. They can help you lose weight and get fit

This is especially true for dogs, the majority of which need walking several times a day, every day.

Having a reason to get outside – whether rain or shine – is a great motivator to lose that extra weight and boost those fitness levels.

According to a study by the Wellness Institute at Northwest Memorial Hospital, walking your dog reaps all kinds of rewards, including losing – or maintaining – weight. Another survey, this time by the National Institute of Health, supports this.

Among the more than 2,000 adults who were involved in the study, those owners who were responsible for walking their dogs were less likely to be obese than those who passed the duty off to someone else (or didn’t own dogs at all).

While smaller dogs might only need short walks each day, medium-to-larger breeds have the stamina to support you in all of your active pursuits. In fact, certain breeds – like Greyhounds, Rhodesian Ridgebacks, and Doberman Pinschers – are best suited to owners who are cross-country runners, marathoners, and triathletes.

Even if you aren’t in that fitness category, jogging or running intervals, hiking, or playing fetch at the park are all pup-friendly activities that can help to raise your heart rate and your energy levels.

Setting a daily routine with your dog will help keep you accountable for going out, getting active, and smashing your goals.

They make great fitness trainers, because the more you walk or run with your pup, the more they will expect from you!

Two kids on a gray suede couch with their new cocker spaniel puppy

“Until one has loved an animal, a part of one’s soul remains unawakened.” – Anatole France

5. They can help your social life

One of the reasons pets are so good for those with mental health issues is because they offer a sense of companionship.

But did you know, pets can also help you meet other people – whether new friends, or even a significant other?

Research by the Harvard Medical School has found that pets can help to create and facilitate human-to-human friendships and social support, both of which are good for long-term health. “I didn’t meet many people when I moved into my new neighborhood,” says Dr. Elizabeth Frates, assistant professor of physical medicine and rehabilitation at Harvard Medical School. “But that changed when we got Reesee, our goldendoodle. She opened the door to a new universe of people.”

But we shouldn’t be fooled into thinking that it’s just dogs who facilitate these social connections.

A 2015 study shows that other kinds of pets, including cats, rabbits, and snakes, can also be catalysts for making friends and finding social support.

Being a pet owner was the third-most common way that survey respondents said they met people in their neighborhoods (behind being neighbors; and using local streets and parks).

Pet owners were also 60% more likely to get to know people in their neighborhoods they hadn’t known before than those who didn’t own pets.

Starting a dog-play group in your neighborhood is a great way to meet others if you’re new to the area – or find that those who live near you have moved and been replaced by others. Dr. Frates organized a morning meet-up for 15 women and their dogs when she moved to a new place, and developed some true and long-lasting friendships as a result.

According to the UK Mental Health Foundation, even passing conversations or greetings with other dog owners help owners stay socially connected and feel less withdrawn. This is especially relevant for older people, who benefit from the companionship and sense of purpose offered by a pet, and often live alone.

Beyond friendships, people have also reported that having a pet has helped them to meet a new romantic partner. That’s because the kind of areas where people with pets meet at dog parks, meet-ups, or even at veterinary clinics, facilitate deeper conversations between people who already have a mutual interest.

Walking the dogs is a great ice-breaker, but it can also be a fun first date!

Last but by no means least, research also suggests that pets are crucial in the social lives of children with ADHD and Autism.

In the case of people with autism, animals can reduce stereotyped behavior, lessen sensory sensitivity, and increase the desire and ability to connect socially with others. For those with ADHD, pets can be great listeners, offer unconditional love, and will not criticize a child for having too much energy – which can have a profound impact on their self-confidence.

Whether you already own a pet, are considering getting one, or had never thought about it before – I think you’ll agree that pets are pretty amazing. Whether for your physical or mental health, the benefits of owning a pet are extensive – and the joy and happiness they bring is infectious! 

Do you own a pet? Have they helped you to meet new people, overcome mental health issues, or lose weight and get fit? Please share your experience with us and inspire others!

Published at Tue, 07 May 2019 18:16:08 +0000

America Quotes to Celebrate the U.S.A.

America Quotes to Celebrate the U.S.A.

America quotes to celebrate the U.S.A. a close up of the and stripes of an American Flag


The Land of Opportunity, the United States, Uncle Sam.

There are many names for the United States of America, and they are used all over the world to refer to the 50 diverse states that form a single nation. But America, and being American, represents something much greater than geography, whether for people who live in the US, or those who have never been.

That’s because, for centuries, interest in the culture of America has facilitated its spread across the globe. From wartime propaganda to popular movies, literature, and the internet, across the course of time the culture of the United States has become available to everyone, everywhere. And with that media comes a growing appreciation of what makes America unique, and of what it means to be American in our modern world.

There is no day more important than Independence Day for celebrating what makes America and Americans special! Celebrated on the 4th of July, this Federal Holiday honors the nation’s history and allows people to come together with family and friends, enjoy time outside, and show their pride in red, white, and blue.

In honor of the National Holiday, we’ve put together a list of the very best quotes about America to celebrate the culture of the United States, its people, its history, and its traditions. But these America quotes aren’t just for Independence Day – they’re the perfect way to learn more about the United States, its culture, and what it means to be American today.

Wherever in the world you are, we hope you’ll enjoy these America quotes!

A small American flag and a lit sparkler to celebrate the Fourth of July

“The United States is the only country with a known birthday.” – James G. Blaine

“Oh, it’s home again and home again, America for me! I want a ship that’s westward bound to plough the rolling sea, To the blessed land of Room Enough beyond the ocean bars, Where the air is full of sunlight and the flag is full of stars.” – Henry Van Dyke

“Ours is the only country deliberately founded on a good idea.” – John Gunther

“We on this continent should never forget that men first crossed the Atlantic not to find soil for their ploughs but to secure liberty for their souls.” – Robert J. McCracken

“What does the Flag mean? It is the flag just as much of the man who was naturalized yesterday as of the man whose people have been here generations.” – Henry Cabot Lodge

USA quote from President Johnson and a mini American Flag resting on a shelf

“Not merely a nation but a nation of nations.” – Lyndon B. Johnson

“Perhaps, after all, America never has been discovered. I myself would say that it had merely been detected.” – Oscar Wilde

“America is the only country ever founded on the printed word.” – Marshall McLuhan

“The winds that blow through the wide sky in these mounts, the winds that sweep from Canada to Mexico, from the Pacific to the Atlantic — have always blown on free men.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“There is nothing the matter with Americans except their ideals. The real American is all right; it is the ideal American who is all wrong.” – G.K. Chesterton

“America makes prodigious mistakes, America has colossal faults, but one thing cannot be denied: America is always on the move. She may be going to Hell, of course, but at least she isn’t standing still.” – E.E. Cummings

A sparkler blazing in front of a large American Flag on July 4th

“America is a vast conspiracy to make you happy.” – John Updike

“One characteristic of Americans is that they have no tolerance at all of anybody putting up with anything. We believe that whatever is going wrong ought to be fixed.” – Margaret Mead

America the Diverse

America is an extremely diverse nation, influenced by a multicultural ethos that includes African, Native American, Asian, Polynesian, and Latin American people and their cultures. It also has its own social and cultural characteristics, such as dialect, music, arts, social habits, cuisine, and folklore, which vary considerably across the 50 states.

An ethnically and racially diverse country, America has been enriched by large-scale migration from many countries throughout its history. The US has traditionally been thought of as a “melting pot” of different cultures and traditions, with immigrants contributing to, and eventually assimilating with, the existing American culture.

A large bowl of salad greens and several small bowls of chicory, cabbage, and mushroom

“The metaphor of the melting pot is unfortunate and misleading. A more accurate analogy would be a salad bowl, for, though the salad is an entity, the lettuce can still be distinguished from the chicory, the tomatoes from the cabbage.” – Carl N. Deger

From the 1960s to today, the importance of cultural diversity and pluralism within the US has led to the use of the “salad bowl” metaphor instead. Different cultures are brought together – like salad ingredients – but instead of merging to form a single homogeneous culture, each is able to keep its own distinct qualities.

Diversity and the people of America have been talked about a great deal by writers, journalists, politicians, and visitors of all kinds for generations. Here are some of their very best quotes about the USA and its amazingly diverse population.

An outstretched arm waving an American Flag to celebrate diversity and unity

“My favorite thing about the United States? Lots of Americans, one America.” – Terri Guillemets

“The diversity of America is a strength of the country, and I don’t think that we use that. We don’t talk about our strengths. I mean, having so many diverse people in this country from all aspects of all over the world, and we don’t use that. I think we should talk about who we are – that melting pot that we’ve become.” – Steve Stoute

“We’re Americans, with a capital A… You know what that means? Do ya? That means that our forefathers were kicked out of every decent country in the world. We are the wretched refuse. We’re the underdog. We’re mutts!… But there’s no animal that’s more faithful, that’s more loyal, more loveable than the mutt.” – Len Blum, Dan Goldberg, and Harold Ramis “Stripes”

“Ultimately, America’s answer to the intolerant man is diversity, the very diversity which our heritage of religious freedom has inspired. “ – Robert Kennedy

The Milky Way at night representing 1000 points of light quoted by George H.W. Bush

“This is America: a brilliant diversity spread like stars, like a thousand points of light, in a broad and peaceful sky. ” – George H.W. Bush

“Diversity of thought and culture and religion and ideas has become the strength of America.” – Gary Locke

“The magic of America is that we’re a free and open society with a mixed population. Part of our security is our freedom.” – Madeleine Albright

“You know, that diversity that America has is so special. It’s starting to really become a cool thing for young people. “ – Russell Simmons

“Americans always try to do the right thing after they’ve tried everything else.” – Winston Churchill

“Every American carries in his bloodstream the heritage of the malcontent and the dreamer.” – Dorothy Fuldheim

“America has as much diversity in peoples as it does in geographies.” – Terri Guillemets

Thousands of people blending into a large crowd at Donald Trump's inauguration

“It is not our differences that divide us. It is our inability to recognize, accept, and celebrate those differences.” – Audre Lorde

“The great social adventure of America is no longer the conquest of the wilderness but the absorption of fifty different peoples.” – Walter Lippman

“America is not just a country, but a way of life.” – Anonymous

“This country will not be a good place for any of us to live in unless we make it a good place for all of us to live in.” – Theodore Roosevelt

“If we cannot now end our differences, at least we can help make the world safe for diversity.” – John F. Kennedy

“A simple way to take measure of a country is to look at how many want in.. And how many want out.” – Tony Blair

“I had always hoped that this land might become a safe and agreeable asylum to the virtuous and persecuted part of mankind, to whatever nation they might belong.” – George Washington
USA quote comparing America to a tune that must be sung together

“America is a tune. It must be sung together.” – Gerald Stanley Lee

“Americans in unity, and unity in Americans!” – Every Body’s Toast Book and Convivial Companion, 1851

“Remember, remember always, that all of us, and you and I especially, are descended from immigrants and revolutionists.” – Franklin D Roosevelt

“My folks came to U.S. as immigrants, aliens, and became citizens. I was born in Boston, a citizen, went to Hollywood and became an alien.” – Leonard Nimoy

“You cannot spill a drop of American blood without spilling the blood of the whole world…. We are not a nation, so much as a world.” – Herman Melville

A group of people viewing the US Capitol from the top of the Willard Hotel

“If you can speak three languages you’re trilingual. If you can speak two languages you’re bilingual. If you can speak only one language you’re an American.” – Anonymous

The American Dream

America is both the Land of Opportunity and the heartland of the American Dream.

The American Dream has been defined as “the set of ideals (democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality) in which freedom includes the opportunity for prosperity and success, as well as an upward social mobility for the family and children, achieved through hard work in a society with few barriers.” The availability of opportunities and a high chance of success have encouraged people to come to America for decades.

Though many would now argue that this ideal no longer exists, entrepreneurs like Bedros Keuilian have argued that there is a New American Dream: “a version of the entrepreneurial journey that is unlike anything that has ever existed before. The barrier to entry to becoming an entrepreneur is literally the lowest it’s ever been right now.”

America will always be home to dreamers, and home to people who will stop at nothing to seek out and pursue the opportunities offered to them at work, in education, and in life. These inspirational USA quotes are especially relevant for them:

View of the Freedom Tower and skyline down a busy lower Manhattan street

“America is another name for opportunity.” – Ralph Waldo Emerson

“America is a land of opportunity, and don’t ever forget it. “ – Will Rogers

“America stands for the land of opportunity. “ – Michael Grimm

“The land of opportunity. You just need the right people and the right work ethic and you can accomplish anything. “ – Bob Poser

“Basically, there are two kinds of stereotypes out there in the world about America. There’s America the Goliath – the big, powerful, bullying country that pushes its way around the world and gets its ways, pursues its own interests nakedly, irrespective of what others want. And the other stereotype is America, the land of opportunity, where everyone can go and do anything, be anything, make any dreams come true.” – Shashi Tharoor

“The fact is: It’s true what they say about the United States. It is a land of opportunity. It is too various to get bored with it.” – Christopher Hitchens

A couple holding candles at an outdoor party on Independence Day

“I believe in America because we have great dreams, and because we have the opportunity to make those dreams come true.” – Wendell Willkie

“Go with your first thoughts; they’re usually your best thoughts. Pay attention, stick to your goals and follow those guidelines. It’s all right there if you reach for it, unless you want to punch timeclocks and work for somebody. That’s what we liked about America, the land of opportunity. All your dreams can come true.” – Richard Danko

“Let every nation know, whether it wishes us well or ill, that we shall pay any price, bear any burden, meet any hardship, support any friend, oppose any foe, to assure the survival and success of liberty” – John F. Kennedy

“America was not built on fear. America was built on courage, on imagination and an unbeatable determination to do the job at hand.” – Harry S. Truman

“If you’re worried about getting a job-or keeping one-start a company of your own. By doing so, you’ll reap the rewards of your hard work and you’ll only get fired if you fail. This is the land of opportunity. Live in it.” – Bruce Campbell

A US flag and Thomas Jefferson quote saying the price of freedom is eternal vigilance

“The price of freedom is eternal vigilance.” – Thomas Jefferson

“When I was growing up, I don’t remember being told that America was created so that everyone could get rich. I remember being told it was about opportunity and the pursuit of happiness. Not happiness itself, but the pursuit.” – Martin Scorsese

“A people that values its privileges above its principles soon loses both.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“The Constitution only guarantees you the right to pursue happiness. You have to catch it yourself.” – Benjamin Franklin

“There will always be a frontier where there is an open mind and a willing hand.” – Charles Kettering

“You may live in an imperfect world but the frontiers are not closed and the doors are not all shut.” – Maxwell Maltz

“We hold these truths to be self-evident: that all men are created equal; that they are endowed by their Creator with certain unalienable rights; that among these are life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness.” – Thomas Jefferson

The view down a row of bus seats and a Rosa Parks quote about freedom

“I would like to be remembered as a person who wanted to be free… so other people would be also free.” – Rosa Parks

“If you’re not ready to die for it, put the word ‘freedom’ out of your vocabulary.” – Malcolm X

“Freedom is never more than one generation away from extinction. We didn’t pass it to our children in the bloodstream. It must be fought for, protected, and handed on for them to do the same.” – Ronald Reagan

“What is the essence of America? Finding and maintaining that perfect, delicate balance between freedom “to” and freedom “from.”” – Marilyn vos Savant

“America is a passionate idea or it is nothing. America is a human brotherhood or it is chaos.” – Max Lerner

“When an American says that he loves his country, he means not only that he loves the New England hills, the prairies glistening in the sun, the wide and rising plains, the great mountains, and the sea. He means that he loves an inner air, an inner light in which freedom lives and in which a man can draw the breath of self-respect.” – Adlai Stevenson

“If you take advantage of everything America has to offer, there’s nothing you can’t accomplish.” – Geraldine Ferraro

“America is still the land of opportunity for most, but it is not a land of opportunity for all. If we are to remain an exceptional nation, we must close this gap in opportunity. “ – Marco Rubio

View of the Chicago skyline and Willis Tower down the Lake Michigan shore

“When they say America is a land of opportunity, it’s true. If you work hard, people appreciate you. ” – Vijay Singh

On Patriotism and Freedom

One of the hallmarks of the American people, at home and overseas, is their incredible sense of patriotism and the pride they have for their homeland. Central to the ideals of democracy, rights, liberty, opportunity and equality is a sense of freedom.

Freedom stands for something far greater than just “the right to act however I choose.” It also stands for securing an equal opportunity for life, liberty, and the pursuit of happiness (as outlined in the U.S. Constitution) for everyone.

The 4th of July is, at its heart, a celebration of this freedom. It marks the day in 1776 that the Continental Congress declared that the thirteen American colonies were no longer subject to the British Monarchy, but became united, free, and independent states. Most Americans also recognize the crucial role the United States military plays in maintaining the freedom, safety, and security of the United States.

The military is also linked to the US nickname “Uncle Sam.” When Samuel Wilson, a meat packer from Troy, New York, supplied barrels of beef to the United States Army during the War of 1812, he stamped the barrels with “U.S.” for United States. However, the soldiers began referring to the food supplies when they arrived as “Uncle Sam’s.” A local newspaper picked up on the story, providing a vehicle for the widespread acceptance as the nickname for the U.S. federal government. Political cartoonist Thomas Nast (1840-1902) began popularising the image of Uncle Sam in the 1860s and 1870s, giving him the white beard and stars-and-stripes suit that are associated with the character today.

Adlai Stevenson quote about patriotism and stars on a folded American flag

“Patriotism is not short, frenzied outbursts of emotion, but the tranquil and steady dedication of a lifetime.” – Aldai Stevenson

“Freedom lies in being bold.” – Robert Frost

“In the truest sense, freedom cannot be bestowed; it must be achieved.” – Franklin D. Roosevelt

“We will stand by the right, we will stand by the true, we will live, we will die for the red, white, and blue.” – Anonymous

“Dreams can grow wild born inside an American child.” – Phil Vassar

“America without her soldiers would be like God without his angels.” – Claudia Pemberton

“Freedom is nothing but a chance to be better.” – Albert Camus

“We’re blessed with the opportunity to stand for something—for liberty and freedom and fairness. And these are things worth fighting for, worth devoting our lives to.” – Ronald Reagan

“Where liberty dwells, there is my country.” – Benjamin Franklin

“This nation will remain the land of the free only so long as it is the home of the brave.” – Elmer Davis

“May the sun in his course visit no land more free, more happy, more lovely than this our own country!” – Daniel Webster

An American flag hanging from a front porch on a suburban American street

“Freedom is one of the deepest and noblest aspirations of the human spirit.” – Ronald Reagan

“Ask not what your country can do for you, but what you can do for your country.” – John F. Kennedy

“Liberty is the breath of life to nations.” – George Bernard Shaw

“One flag, one land, one heart, one hand, one nation evermore!” – Oliver Wendell Holmes

“We must be free not because we claim freedom, but because we practice it.” – William Faulkner

“Those who won our independence believed liberty to be the secret of happiness and courage to be the secret of liberty.” – Louis D. Brendeis

“Only Americans can hurt America.” – Dwight D. Eisenhower

“America will never be destroyed from the outside. If we falter and lose our freedoms, it will be because we destroyed ourselves.” – Abraham Lincoln
A kie rider draped in a US flag and a woman running with another flag by the sea

“America, to me, is freedom.” – Willie Nelson

“America’s one of the finest countries anyone ever stole.” – Bobcat Goldthwaite

“What we need are critical lovers of America — patriots who express their faith in their country by working to improve it.” – Hubert Humphrey

“True patriotism springs from a belief in the dignity of the individual, freedom and equality not only for Americans but for all people on Earth.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

We hope these quotes about the USA put you in a patriotic mood – whether for July 4th, Presidents Day, Labor Day, or any other day. However you celebrate, have fun and stay safe!

Published at Fri, 31 May 2019 15:16:36 +0000

How to Get Involved in Your Local Community

How to Get Involved in Your Local Community

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Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

According to the American Cancer Society, breast cancer has become the second leading cancer to cause death in women. Nearly 1 in 8 women will develop an invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. This type of cancer has a great 5 year survival rate but progresses extremely quickly. This makes early detection a detrimental tool in the fight against breast cancer. Finding this cancer early on and getting state-of-the-art cancer treatment as soon as possible, are the most important strategies to prevent deaths. Now more than ever, it is clear that this is something women need to be aware of and educated on from an early stage.

“There can be life after breast cancer. The prerequisite is early detection.” -Ann Jillian

How Can You Be Prepared?

The first step of early detection is being aware of the warning signs. Most often, when breast cancer is first detected, it is because of symptoms the woman discovers herself. To be able to detect these signs, women need to be aware of what their breasts should normally look and feel like. Having a basis for what is normal for your body and what is out of the ordinary is extremely important. One of the most important tips to be able to accomplish this is to check your breasts the same time each month, especially in the few days following your period. At this time of the month, your hormones have leveled out and your breasts are at the most normal state – the perfect time for a breast exam! Lastly, and arguably the most important thing to remember is that, a lump is not the only sign of breast cancer. Contact your doctor if you notice any unusual swelling, dimpling, redness, scaliness, or a lump in the armpit area.

While completing self-checks is an important and necessary first step in fighting breast cancer, it is not the most effective. Getting regular screening tests is the most reliable way to find breast cancer early. The American Cancer Society has screening guidelines for women which outline how you should be checked at each age. Women should be getting mammograms either yearly or every other year for about 15 years after they reach 40 years old. Women should also speak with their doctor for more specific advice on what would be the best plan for their own circumstances. If you are not in those higher risk years, your detection needs will vary. However, your doctor very well could believe that you need more frequent checks. Be as communicative as possible, it is so important!

Technologies Making Early Detection Possible

With the world becoming more technologically advanced, it makes sense to use this to our advantage. Many organizations see this need for early detection among young woman, and are tailoring ways to make it as easy as possible. Here are some breast cancer health tech advancements to look into…

A Phone Application

Keep A Breast foundation has created a Check Yourself! App strictly to keep you on schedule with your monthly self examinations. The app comes with instructions on how to go through each step of the process. There is also an option to set a monthly notification to remind you that you need to to Check Yourself! There are plenty of other tools to use throughout the app, including important information on breast health.

Portable Testing

EVA is a non-invasive, wearable technology that detects abnormalities in the thermal patterns of the breast. The findings can potentially indicate early signs of breast cancer. All you need to do is simply wear the EVA and open up the app! The results will come through, and if something was detected that is abnormal, they will provide you with a plan of action. This certainly can not replace the accuracy of a mammogram but it is a reliable way to keep track of your personal breast health.

Genetic Testing

With this BRCA genetic test, you have the advantage of staying right in your own home from beginning to end. All you have to do is buy the test online, provide a saliva sample, and mail it back! You are then able to review your results online and speak with a board-certified genetic counselor to take a further look into your results. As a bonus, you now have access to these results to potentially give to future a health care provider, so they are better able to position your prevention or treatment plan.

“The part can never be well unless the whole is well.” -Plato

Preventive Measures You Can Take

The Mayo Clinic touches on measures you can take to try and prevent contracting breast cancer. A lot of these lifestyle changes are things we should be making a habit anyway! For example, limiting your alcohol consumption, controlling your weight, and not smoking are things you could work towards. However, the tips more specific to breast cancer would be breastfeeding for as long as possible after having a child, avoiding your exposure to radiation and environmental pollution, and trying to limit your hormonal intake and therapy. None of these actions will completely eliminate your risk, however, it will definitely reduce
your chances. Speak to your doctor on what they believe would be best for your body type.

“As you grow older, you will discover that you have two hands — one for helping yourself, the other for helping others.”

– Audrey Hepburn

What Can You Do to Help the Cause?

In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness month, there are many different ways to give back to a community that is in need of as many volunteers as possible. You can show your support by  investing in companies that support the research for the cure, local charity events, or by simply educating others about the cause. The donations and volunteer services over the years have made an enormous impact, and we are only getting closer and closer to discovering the cure. Making Strides Against Breast Cancer has raised more than $750 million since their start in 1993. That number is a massive contribution to the funds to support the materials and personnel throughout all aspects of cancer research.

Here are some places you could invest your time and money to support breast cancer awareness…

True & Co.

True&Co. is a company who feels very passionate about this cause. The have created a long-time partnership with Keep A Breast foundation. They offer a collection of pink lingerie and donate 25% of the proceeds directly back to the organization. Another cool aspect to the True & Co. company is that they make soft and enjoyable bras that mastectomy patients are in need of. A 20+ year survivor has even stated that their bras changed her life, post surgery.

Race for the Cure

Race for the Cure has become a staple in the breast cancer volunteer space. They have events spanning the United States and even making a massive global movement this year in nine different countries. With a series of 5k races, they extend their warm welcome to anybody and everybody. With everyone having the same goal in mind, the sense of community you feel is reason enough to attend!

Educational Displays in Local Buildings

Investing your time is both extremely important and uplifting. Reach out to your local library or grocery store and set up an information desk to educate your community. A lot of the information can be found on the internet however, not everybody has access to that. Sharing facts through word of mouth is so important. For instance, did you know that men can be diagnosed with breast cancer too? And not all lumps are cancerous. The older you get, you are more at risk, so the more you know – the better!

As much detection, education, and prevention you go through each month and year, nothing feels worse than hearing news of a loved one’s breast cancer diagnosis. The most important thing to remember is to never give up. It may be a tough road ahead, but with a community like this, you are certainly not alone.

“Never give up. Today is hard, tomorrow will be worse, but the day after tomorrow will be sunshine.” -Jack Ma

Please comment below to share any inspiring quotes you believe will help.

Published at Sun, 14 Oct 2018 15:43:32 +0000