". . . our stories are what make the difference, and if we can tell them honestly we can hope to help each other. In the end, we have nothing to offer each other but our stories." ~ Emma Lou Thayne

Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Awareness AWARDS: Driving/Dinking/Texting-Herpes Kills-Bipolar-Down's Syndrome

Due to the LENGTH of combining the award and regular hop, I decided to split it up and see how that goes for a bit. I welcome any suggestions.  ;D
Grab the button on sidebar:
This hop is intended for real causes. (Please
don't make up silly or vulgar things to diminish the 
importance of causes that hit home to so many.) 
This should be concerning something you are
passionate about to help educate others in a cause
to make the world a better place,
create understanding, rally support, etc...
*Let's please keep it family friendly, too. Thanks!
Everyone that shares a CAUSE is awarded the AWARENESS AWARD and encouraged to pass it along. You are welcome to the award when you make your AWARENESS post. Please include the button with your post and add the Linky. This linky is for the post of accepting and passing along the award as well as adding to your award collection. This will help us all learn about your causes as well. You are all WELCOME to post the Linky's code so it is easy for your followers to share, too.  ;D

You have been honored with this award. There are often things that others are uninformed of and therefore, they rely on unreliable sources and/or assumptions about things. There is STIGMA in many facets of life. AWARENESS is how we can overcome ignorance. This is your opportunity to help educate others about a cause you believe in.

  • Let others know who gave you the award and link back to them as a thank you.

  • You may give this to as many or few individuals as you choose. This should be awarded to those with a cause. Something they want to raise awareness about. Don't forget to notify your recipients of the award.
  • Display the badge in your post and tell us about what you would like to raise awareness about.
  • Link your Award post to the Awareness Award Page so that as others find out about this, they can link back to your post and learn more. (In the Linky provided here)
Let's change the world, one blog post at a time!
This week we have 2 concerning driving choices that could alter lives forever... NOT in a GOOD way!!
Karen from A Peek at Karen's World shows how critical one poor choice to get behind the wheel under the influence. Here she's talking about drinking, but this definitely would also apply to drugs (recreationsl OR PRESCRIPTION...)! Karen is quite an accomplished writer and depicts this problem well!! Here's her post to promote her cause: "Another Cautionary Tale of Driving Drunk" 
Next we have "Tin" (Not sure if she wanted me to use her REAL name or not, so I'm using her profile name) from Shig and Tin! She has 

decided to join Oprah's "No Phone Zone."  You can grab the widget at this site to promote this cause, but at LEAST, please go sign the PLEDGE!! 

Here is a HARSH REALITY CHECK that I personally feel should be shown in every Driver's Education class... and I had to sign in to verify I'm older than 18 to view it. UGH!!They figure it's too graphic and scary! Teens NEED TO SEE IT, too!! People (because ADULTS are just as guilty...) think they are invincible and that it can't happen to THEM... HELLOOOOOOooooo....!!!! And may I add... it's not JUST phones, but a whole myriad of distractions... eating, changing the radio/DVD... grabbing something that slipped... yelling at kids... The things you CAN control, DO IT! The things you can't, keep your priority on the road and tune OUT the distractions. Just a couple seconds DOES make a difference!! 

Remember Teri from The Bipolar Diva? (Featured on last week's Awareness Post) How about her daughter Karli from A Bipolar Princess? (Featured on the Ongoing Prayer List on Sunday) ?? They have an IMPORTANT CAUSE!! HERPES can KILL!! Teri's post on this will break your heart. There are precautions that can be taken if one is aware of the infection. The birth father never gave her a clue that he had the virus and Karli displayed no symptoms and was unaware. Her beautiful baby, Isaiah only lived 12 weeks.

WHAT precautions can be taken to help avoid this of happening?? The baby needs to be born by C-section to reduce the risk of transmission to the baby and it needs to be treated with Acyclovir by IV. There are other precautions that can be taken during pregnancy. So the birth father not being forthright about his condition was pure negligence. So I guess you could say this is 2-fold... If you're going to have sex and have an STD, you should take precautions against transmitting AND inform your partner of the possible RISK. If it is discovered after, inform partner immediately so precautions CAN be taken during the pregnancy and during birth.

This is something that has not only affected the mom and grandmother, but all of their family and friends! Isaiah would be turning 7 this fall. This is an ESPECIALLY hard time of year for them, 

ESPECIALLY Karli! She describes it well in A Season of Pain.

I am adding another important point here!! I deal with cold sores. FREQUENT cold sores!! Guess what I learned when I was having babies?? Cold sores are a form of the Herpes Virus!!! My #2 child gets them frequently, too! He was 6 and had one when #3 was born and they told him he had to wash his hands constantly and wear a mask... If I got a tingle of it coming, so would I. They said it can even be deadly to an infant coming from a cold sore! SO you definitely want to share this information and avoid the kind of heartbreak it can cause as Teri and Karli know TOO WELL.

I encourage you to visit both posts but ask that you only send positive and uplifting comments to them...

has been going through major struggles with his bipolar. He loves poetry and could use some encouragement from time to time. One thing that people need to remember is that BIPOLAR has a WIDE spectrum and effects people in different ways and degrees. So judging people by a label is as inaccurate as one can get. 

The disorder has been subdivided into bipolar Ibipolar IIcyclothymia, and other types, based on the nature and severity of mood episodes experienced; the range is often described as the bipolar spectrum.

Lily's Life is GREAT! ...and Lily has Down's Syndrome...
Lily touches the lives of all who know her!!

Interview questions asked of Lily October 2008

Do you have a disability? No

Do you have Down syndrome? Yep I do

What is Down syndrome? Me

Is Down syndrome bad to have? No


Here she is ACTING!!
Click on the link to her blog and see more!

Having had our lives touched by special needs children, I can attest to the fact that they make us better people!!
Thanks to all of these great people that have shared their causes!! I hope you'll find someone to pass the award on to so we can keep spreading awareness for great causes!! 

Give these individuals a visit and help support their causes!!

Share your cause!! 
That Linky is always available on the Awareness Page!!
***********Don't forget to Link your AWARENESS AWARD post here:

LittleYayasTuesday Tag-Along


Karli said...

Thank you from the bottom of my heart for raising awareness for me and my family. I know that Isaiah is in a much better place now with no pain, no tears and no fear. So, even if just one single baby's life is saved by Isaiah's message I know that our pain and my son's life was for a purpose. I tried to follow your blog a few weeks ago on my phone, but it didn't work. So, I used my computer this time and it worked! :)

LOVE LOVE LOVE your blog!

beloved Mama said...

Thanks for commenting on my blog! I added my link to your link up, but I'm not seeing it show up for some reason... hmmm... I have added your Wednesday cause button to my post. Thanks so much!

Cherie said...

Alot of great info in this post. There is so much going on out there in our world. I am focused especially on the texting and driving thing right now. It is so dangerous and they are passing laws in our state with big fines for people who do get caught texting and driving.

The Bipolar Diva said...

Thank you! You rock!!

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