National Child Awareness Month on September, 2023: I've heard that October is National Breast cancer Awareness month.?
September, 2023 is National Child Awareness Month 2023.
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I'm 30, I was diagnosed on the morning of my 29th birthday.
After my son's first birthday I weaned him from nursing and went for my yearly OB exam. She found an area of dense tissue that didn't seem to be going away (I had very lumpy breasts while nursing my children) so she sent me to have a breast surgeon check it out, just to be safe.
My breast surgeon did an ultrasound and didn't find anything to worry about, just an area of dense tissue, probably from nursing, but also common because of my younger age. For some reason (I believe it was a God thing) she decided to do a biopsy just to be safe since she had me there.
The biopsy showed DCIS, which is a non invasive stage 0 breast cancer. A mammogram the next day showed it scattered throughout the entire breast. DCIS doesn't present in lumps, it only shows on a mammogram as tiny micro-calcifications. If my surgeon hadn't done that biopsy it wouldn't have been found until it was invasive since at my age I had no reason to get a mammogram.
I'm now 1 1/2 years post diagnosis. I had a mastectomy with reconstruction a little over a year ago. DCIS is almost 100% treatable when it's caught so early.
I stay on top of self exams and have bi-yearly mammograms now to watch for any changes in the other breast, but right now I'm just enjoying life and spending time with my husband and 2 small children. I praise God everyday for the miracle He worked in my life.
Why have people forgotten Autism Awareness Month?
No, I'm not disappointed because I didn't have high expectations. There are many reasons why Autism Awareness Month (and all the other themed month holidays) hasn't caught on yet:
1.The main reason is it's simply not commercial enough. Who wants to celebrate a holiday with no gifts, candy, cards, costumes, or decorations? Only people who have some sort of personal interest in autism.
2. It gets overshadowed by Easter, which has been around longer and has both commercial and religious meaning. Unless someone invents an Autism Bunny, Autism Awareness just can't compete.
3. It's a new holiday that most people have never heard of. It's not even on calendars.
4. It takes a whole month. There is a specific Autism Awareness Day (April 2) within the month, but none of the "Insert Theme Here" Month holidays have ever really caught on. I guess it doesn't really appeal to people.
5. There aren't specific activities or traditions that you're supposed to do, and no symbols (e.g. a Christmas tree) or mascots associated with it.
6. You don't get the day off school or work.
7. There are just too many themed months to remember, and every month has multiple themes.
I've never even heard of Couples' Month or Poetry Month, and I've only heard about National Karaoke Week on the Y!A homepage. I know it's Holocaust Remembrance Month, but I haven't heard much about it this year. If you want autism awareness to catch on, you'll have to be patient and try to promote it within your community as best you can.
Where can I find a list of appreciation and awareness months?
Full List of Awareness Dates
1-31 National Blood Donor Month
1-31 Cervical Cancer Awareness Month
1-31 Poison Prevention Awareness Month
1-31 Financial Wellness Month
4-11 Women's Self-Empowerment Week
7-11 National Thank Your Customers Week
17 Customer Service Day
21-27 Hunt For Happiness Week
25-31 NYC Restaurant Week
29 Chinese New Year
1-30 Marfan Syndrome Awareness Month
1-30 National Parent Leadership Month
1-30 Plant The Seeds Of Greatness Month
1-30 Library Lovers Month
1-30 Youth Leadership Month
1-30 National Weddings Month
1-30 Time Management Month
1-30 American Hear Month
1-30 Black History Month
1-7 Women's Heart Health Week
6 Ash Wednesday
6-13 National Patient Recognition Week
11-18 Heart Failure Awareness Week
12 Abraham Lincoln Birthday
12 NAACP Founded
14 Valentines Day
15 Susan B. Anthony Day
17 George Washingtons Birthday
18 Presidents' Day
1-30 American Red Cross Month
1-30 National Parent Leadership Month
1-30 Honor Society Awareness Month
1-30 Irish-American Heritage Month
1-30 National Athletic Training Month
1-30 National Caffeine Awareness Month
1-30 National Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Month
1-30 National Clean Up Your IRS Act Month
1-30 National Collision Awareness Month
1-30 National Ethics Awareness Month
1-30 National Eye Donor Month
1-30 National Kidney Month
1-30 National Multiple Sclerosis Education and Awareness Month
1-30 National Nutrition Month
1-30 National Social Work Month
1-30 National Womens History Month
1-30 National Write a Letter of Appreciation Week
1-30 Poison Prevention Awareness Month
1-30 Steroid Abuse Prevention Month
1-30 Alcohol Awareness Month
1-30 Cesarean Awareness Month
1-30 Cancer Control Month
1-30 Irritable Bowel Syndrome Awareness Month
1-30 Jazz Appreciation Month
1-30 National Autism Awareness Month
1-30 National Child Abuse Prevention Month
1-30 National Infant Immunization Month
1-30 National Occupational Therapy Month
1-30 National Oral Health Month
1-30 Women's Eye Health and Safety Month
3 Sexual Assault Awareness Month Day of Action
3 National Public Health Week (Climate Change)
4-10 Brain Tumor Action Week
5 Kick Butts Day (Tobacco-Free Kids)
6 National Alcohol Screening Day
7 World Health Day
11 National D.A.R.E. Day
11 World Parkinson's Day
14 Children With Alopecia Day (Alopecia Awareness)
16-20 Consumer Awareness Week
16 World Hemophilia Day
17 National Stress Awareness Day
19-26 National Infant Immunization Week
20-26 National Window Safety Week
21-28 Administrative Professionals Week
22 Earth Day
23 Administrative Professionals Day
25-30 National Oral, Head, and Neck Cancer Week
26 March for Babies (Walk America)
1-31 Haitian Heritage Month
1-31 American Stroke Month
1-31 Asian Pacific American Heritage Month
1-31 Awareness of Medical Orphans Month
1-31 Family Wellness Month
1-31 Better Hearing and Speech Month
1-31 Better Sleep Month (Stress/Insomnia)
1-31 Clean Air Month
1-31 Correct Posture Month
1-31 Fibromyalgia Education and Awareness Month
1-31 Healthy Vision Month
1-31 International Victorious Woman Month
1-31 Lyme Disease Awareness Month
1-31 Melanoma/Skin Cancer Detection and Prevention Month
1-31 Motorcycle Safety Month
1-31 National Arthritis Month
1-31 National Athsma and Allergy Awareness Month
1-31 National Cancer Research Month month
1-31 National Celiac Disease Awareness month
1-31 National Hepatitis Awareness Month
1-31 National High Blood Pressure Education Month
1-31 National Mental Health Month
1-31 National Neurofibromatosis Month
1-31 National Osteoporosis Awareness and Prevention Month
1-31 National Physical Fitness and Sports Month
1-31 National Preservation Month
1-31 National Shoes for Orphans Month
1-31 National Stroke Awareness Month
1-31 Older Americans Month (Senior Citizens Month)
1-31 Skin Cancer Awareness Month
1-31 Tuberous Sclerosis Awareness Month
1-31 Women's Health Care Month
1-31 Ultraviolet Awareness Month
1 May Day
1 Ascension Day
1 Law Day
1 Loyalty Day
1 World Athsma Day
1 National Anxiety Disorders Screening Day
3 National Day of Prayer
3 United Nations World Press Freedom Day
3 Kentucky Derby
4-10 Brain Tumor Action Week
4-10 Be Kind to Animals Week
5 Cinco de Mayo
8 World Red Cross Day
8 VE-Day Anniversary
10 World Lupus Day
11 Mother's Day
12-16 National Neuropathy Week
12 World Fair Trade Day
12 International CFS Awareness Day
12 National Women's Check-up Day
14-25 Cannes Film Festival
15 Peace Officer Memorial Day
18 HIV Vaccine Awareness Day
19-25 Recreation Water Illness Prevention Week
24 National Schizophrenia Awareness Day