Almost every month of the year represents support for a medical illness around the nation. With Breast Cancer Awareness month ending, we are entering National Diabetes month. Both of these hit close to home and I would like to show our support by acknowledging their importance.
Breast cancer impacts a lot of families globally. It starts when cells in the breast begin to grow uncontrollably. These cells then form a tumor that can often be seen in an x-ray, or felt as a lump. If not treated early, these cells can grow and spread to other areas of the body. If you are a woman, be sure to always monitor these types of “lumps.” It is important to recognize these types of things and always be aware.
A lot of the population has a misconception about diabetes, and I did too until it affected my family. There are two general types of diabetes, type 1 and type 2. Type 1 diabetes is an autoimmune condition. The body’s immune system turns on itself and attached the beta cells of the pancreas. These are the cells that produce insulin and control blood sugar levels. Type 1 diabetes does not go away and cannot be reversed. It is usually maintained by controlling your carbohydrate intake and an active lifestyle (this does not mean that a type 1 diabetic cannot have carbs or sugar!!)
Type 2 diabetes is when your body does not use insulin properly. It is the most recognized form of diabetes and it is due to obesity and lack of exercise. The pancreas can still make insulin in type 2 diabetes, whereas type 1, the pancreas can no longer make insulin. Type 2 diabetes is reversible with proper diet and exercise. Without treatment, both forms of diabetes can cause major health issues. Always be aware of the symptoms and take care of yourself!
Please share your stories below in the comments if these illnesses have affected your families in any way. We will always be here to support one another!
At Integra Escrow, we love to show our support for all of the families that we work with. This weekend, we will be at an event called “Ante Up for Autism” held by the Talk about Curing Autism organization. This event mixes my love for poker and the support to help families affected by autism. There will also be Auctions for prizes suck as a Prius or a Clipper Suite. Celebrities will be going and some professional poker players. I cannot wait to attend!
TACA’s mission is to aim to speed up the cycle time from diagnosis to effective treatments. They help strengthen the autism community by connection families and professionals who can help them lead to a better quality of life for families affected by autism. About 1 in every 68 children are being diagnosed with autism and it is considered a national emergency. Approximately 180 people are diagnosed with autism every day in the U.S.!
Tickets are available to everyone, however they are a little bit pricey. Please remember that some of the proceeds will go directly to helping these families. I am sure if you go, you will enjoy your time there! If anyone decides to attend, please comment below and let me know how it goes. I would love to see you there! Thanks for your support!
It is time to get a little bit Spooky! With Halloween coming up, I decided to dig up some recipes that would be great during a costume party. I have never used these before, but they look like fun! If anyone decides to make this witches brew, Please be sure to invite me to the party ;)
September and October of this year have been hard months for everyone across the world. Yet another tragedy has struck California with wildfires. Northern California has a group of 21 fires that are still burning, with little containment. The weather in this area is making it hard for firefighters to battle this fire. So far, the fires have killed 31 people making it one of the most deadly fires in the state. This is devastating, especially after coming from one of the most deadly mass shootings in modern history.
If you would like to help those that have been affected, here are a few things you can do:
Link to GoFundMe.
We never think anything bad can happen to us, but the reality of it is we never know. We live our lives day by day, move by move. We can methodically plan or outline the way we would like our lives to be and it can all change in an instant. We live through our happy moments and our devastating moments. Through our happy moments is when we enjoy life with others. Through our devastating moments is when we learn and come together as humans. In my opinion, these are the things that makes a life worth living.
October 1st 2017 is when yet another tragedy happened. As everyone knows, Route 91 Harvest Festival was attacked by a gunman in the 32nd floor of Mandalay Bay in Las Vegas, Nevada. Thousands of people were enjoying their time at a concert when all of a sudden, 58 people were killed and hundreds injured. Seeing the aftermath of this event (and all other tragic events) is always devastating. It is heartbreaking to even fathom the amount of pain and suffering of all families involved. At this point, I am not sure what I can say to uplift spirits. All I can say is take your time to heal and do what is best for you in order to be okay.
I had learned yesterday that one of my colleagues was a victim in this tradegy. In hopes to help his family heal, there has been a gofundme page created. Please see the link below if you would like to donate.
Brian Fraser's Family
With all the hurricanes and earthquakes going on right now, I thought it would be best to talk about being prepared since we are prone to earthquakes too! It is scary to think about natural disasters and how much it actually can be extremely dangerous, so it is best to be ready for the worst. There are many things you can do in case of an emergency, but I just wanted to lay down the basics.
We hope nothing terrible like this happens to us, but we always have to prepare for the worst!
If you have any suggestions on planning, where to buy these item, or any additional courses, please comment below! I would love to know :)
One of my favorite parts about my birthday is all the food my mom cooks for me. She goes out of her way to cook, clean and basically do anything I want for my birthday dinner. The other day, some of you talked about how my mom's chicken salad was very light and refreshing compared to others out there...so I thought it was a good idea to put it in this weeks post!
1 Whole Chicken
7 Garlic cloves
Desired amount of Mayo
Desired amount of Celery
Salt and Pepper to Taste
Cayenne Pepper to Taste
1. Clean Chicken Breast and put in a large enough pot with onion, garlic, salt and pepper.
2. Fill up pot with water, cover pot and boil for 45 minutes or until cooked.
Scoop out white foam as it cooks.
3. Take out the chicken and throw away garlic and onion. (can save chicken broth for other recipes)
4. Shred chicken breast into little pieces.
5. Finely chop celery and grapes if wanted.
6. Mix chicken, celery, salt, pepper, cayenne pepper, grapes and mayo
Please comment below if you end up trying the recipe. I am not sure if anyone of you will be able to compare to Teta..hehe.
I remember the day like it was yesterday…9/11/2001. The kids and I were getting ready for the day while I was watching the news. It was a normal day then it all changed. I was in the middle of getting ready when they were showing live coverage.
We were all standing in living room watching the news in shock and crying. I don’t cry much, but I grew up in New York and have family there. I still can’t believe this happened. My mom kept calling our relatives back in NYC to make sure everyone was okay. I couldn’t do anything for two days until I knew everyone was safe. My cousin was a police officer during this time and I can only image what he was going through. I am thankful that he made it out alive. It breaks my heart to think of all the trauma that everyone had to endure.
I recently visited the memorial in New York and it touched my heart. It was beautiful but also very sad to think that this had affected so many families. The day still haunts me as I am sure it does to everyone else, but I am grateful that we never let it bring us down.
“The world felt such a great place that day. How naive we were.” - 9/11 Survivor