Awareness Awareness Week

This month we are highlighting some of the most worthwhile awareness campaigns for the month of June. Awareness is selective. We all suffer from attention deficit in 2013, with so many distractions we can barely pay attention to a handful of things. That’s why awareness campaigns for diseases and conditions are even more important today than they ever have been before. For example do you know about Myasthenia Gravis (or MG) and which key part of your body it affects? What about aphasia? It causes people to get their words mixed up, but does it affect intelligence or just comprehension? Can people with aphasia still write words down even if they can’t say them? Speaking of not being able to say words, how about this for a word: Cytomegalovirus. Do you know what heartbreaking conditions this otherwise harmless virus is responsible for? If you were good at saying Cytomegalovirus, how do you feel about scleroderma? Scleroderma is a painful hardening of the skin which is mostly uncomfortable, but can in some serious cases lead to dangerous and potentially fatal vascular disease. Even well known conditions can contain elements that are not so widely known and ripe for a well-promoted awareness campaign. Loss of sight must be one of the most painful losses of facility that a human being can experience, and yet many thousands of Americans lose their sight every year, and it’s not just confined to the elderly. The causes of cataracts, as with the cause of most sight loss, are numerous and the treatment with surgery is common and yet can be hazardous, especially for the very young. So, what are these strange sounding and yet common and awful conditions, and what can you do to help raise awareness and help stamp them out for good? Join as we raise your awareness of five conditions that thousands suffer from, but few people can pronounce let alone explain or prevent.

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