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Annoucements for the Month's of April and May

Sunday, March 18, 2012
In April and May my blog posts will be a little different. There will still some humor, but I am taking a serious approach  to women's health issues.

In April I have signed up for the Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge hosted by WEGO Health. It's 30 posts in 30 days. For more information click here.

I promise it will be an interesting month!

May 13th-19th is National Women’s Health Week. The theme for 2012 is “It’s Your Time.”  During that week I have a lot in store for my readers. I'll blog about nutrition, physical activity, mental health, avoiding risky behaviors, and visiting healthcare professionals. I might just throw in a hint of humor.

Knick-Knack Paddywhack Give a Crone a Bone

Saturday, March 17, 2012
Disclaimer: It is not my intention to make fun of older women. I am a post-menopausal woman who uses a little humor to get a message across. No crones were hurt in the making of this blog post.

This old crone she fell down, she fell down and broke her hip.
Knick-knack paddywhack give a crone a bone...
this old crone came skating home.

This old crone she fell down, she fell down and broke her knee.
Knick-knack paddywhack give a crone a bone...
this old crone came running home.

Hip and knee replacements are nothing to laugh about and neither is osteoporosis and menopause.

Women over the age of 50 have the greatest risk of developing osteoporosis. In fact, women are four times more likely than men to develop osteoporosis. Women's lighter, thinner bones and longer life spans account for some of the reasons why they are at a higher risk for osteoporosis.

How Is Osteoporosis Related to Menopause?

There is a direct relationship between the lack of estrogen during perimenopause and menopause and the development of osteoporosis. Early menopause (before age 40) and any prolonged periods in which hormone levels are low and menstrual periods are absent or infrequent can cause loss of bone mass.

Protect those brittle bones and play it safe.

It's your hips and knees. Don't be an old crone, protect them there bones....

Rock the Red Pump National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD)

Friday, March 9, 2012

Tomorrow is National Women and Girl's HIV/AIDS Awareness Day, so today I am participating in my 2nd ROCK THE RED PUMP DAY! I do this on honor of my youngest daughter who is affected by HIV...

“Every 35 minutes, a woman tests positive for HIV in the United States.“

On March 10, the United States will recognize National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day (NWGHAAD). Launched by the Office of Women’s Health, NWGHAAD is a nationwide observance that encourages people to take action in the fight against HIV/AIDS and raise awareness of its impact on women and girls.

When my daughter first told me she had HIV I was stunned. I couldn't fathom what she was saying. I cried(more like sobs). I was angry(not at my daughter, but at the disease). How could this be happening to my baby girl?

It wasn't fair...HIV/AIDS doesn't play fair. It isn't biased. It doesn't care who you are.

Don't be a statistic! ROCK YOUR RED PUMPS....

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More about HIV/AIDS:

One of the first steps in the fight against HIV/AIDS is education and awareness.
HIV (Human Immunodeficiency Virus) is a virus and AIDS (Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome) is a medical condition caused by the virus after someone’s been infected for awhile. HIV is the virus that we know causes AIDS. It enters the body and infects immune system cells, as well as other cells in the body — causing more copies of the virus to be produced. A person who has been infected with HIV is HIV-positive, but does not necessarily have AIDS.

There are many myths about how HIV is spread. You can’t acquire HIV by drinking from a water fountain, sitting on a toilet seat, hugging or touching an HIV-infected person, or by eating off plates and utensils. However, here are some ways HIV can be transmitted:
By way of bodily fluids (blood, semen, and vaginal secretions) during sexual contact. Saliva is not considered a transmission route for HIV.
By sharing needles to inject drugs. Infected blood can be exchanged between the parties who are using the same needle and syringe.
Through the transfusion of infected blood or blood products
HIV-infected woman can pass HIV to their babies during pregnancy, during delivery, or while breast-feeding

Below are some key statistics about how HIV/AIDS affects us and those around us.

HIV/AIDS in the United States:
Every 9.5 minutes, someone in the US will be infected with HIV.
There are more than 1 million adults and adolescents in the United States living with HIV. Approximately one-fifth of them (21%) do not know that they have been infected.

Women and HIV/AIDS
In 2006, women made up 25% of the persons living with HIV in the United States. Women also represented 27% of new HIV infections in 2006.
High-risk heterosexual contact is the source of 80% of these newly diagnosed infections in women in the US.
From the beginning of the epidemic through 2005, almost 86,000 women have died of AIDS and AIDS-related complications.
The largest number of HIV/AIDS diagnoses during recent years was for women aged 15–39.
Seven of the 10 states with the highest case rates among women are in the South.

Minority Women and HIV/AIDS
HIV/AIDS disproportionately affects minority women in the United States. According to the 2005 census, Black and Latina women represent 24% of all US women combined, but accounted for 82% of the estimated total of AIDS diagnoses for women in 2005.
HIV is the leading cause of death for Black women (including Black women) aged 25–34 years. The only diseases causing more deaths of women are cancer and heart disease.
The rate of AIDS diagnosis for Black women was approximately 23 times the rate for white women and 4 times the rate for Latina women.
In 2006, teen girls represented 39% of AIDS cases reported among 13–19 year-olds. Black teens represented 69% of cases reported among 13–19 year-olds; Latino teens represented 19%.

Youth and HIV/AIDS
In 2006, the CDC estimates that almost 46,000 young people, ages 13-24, were living with HIV in the US. Women comprised 28% of these HIV/AIDS cases among 13-24 year-olds.
African-American young adults are disproportionately affected by HIV, accounting for 60% of HIV/AIDS diagnoses in 13-24 year olds in 2006.

Learn More at:
U.S. Department of Health and Human Services AIDS Homepage
Centers for Disease Control and Prevention
Henry J. Kaiser Family Foundation



International Women's Day:“Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures”

Thursday, March 8, 2012
Today is International Women's Day and my 1st year to participate in the Blog for International Women's Day. This year I moved my venue to this blog which is more women focused.
Today is also the Third Annual Blog for International Women’s Day, a day where bloggers, writers, and humanitarian organizations are asked to write about the International Women’s Day theme. This year’s theme is “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” and Gender Across Borders and CARE are asking bloggers to address one or both of the following points:
  • How can we, as a culture and as members of the global community, involve, educate, and inspire girls in a positive way?
  • Describe a particular organization, person, group or moment in history that helped to inspire a positive future and impact the minds and aspirations for girls.
Throughout the day they will have an ongoing live blog of what bloggers have to say about “Connecting Girls, Inspiring Futures” at They will also feature articles from their staff writers about issues that girls around the world face today.

For International Women's Day I've chosen to write about both topics by weaving the two together to create a beautiful quilt of many different colors.

When I think about inspiring young girls today I think of the phrase "Girl Power".  Young girls have to be empowered, they have to have skills along with knowledge. They have to know how to achieve their dreams, their future and it all starts with POWER...

  • Promote positive permission: What do I mean? Young girls want(need) permission to do anything, whether negative or positive. Our jobs(duty) as mentors is to promote positive permission. What is positive permission and how do you give something a young girl may not want? Positive permission is giving a young girl a chance to create her life goals for the betterment of her future. When you give positive permission you're letting her know it's O.K. to live to her full potential. Her life is probably already filled with negatives, but you can be the one that creates the quilt of positive permission and give her the opportunity to soar. Let her know you are in her corner, that you really care about her and her future. Be the positive in her unsure life.
  • Owning oneself: Young girls are not chattel, but unfortunately they have become "slaves" to social norms. They follow trends instead of dreams. Young girls don't own themselves, but owned by what is expected of them by their peers. When a young girl "sells" her values she loses sight of her future. The job of a mentor is to teach young girls they have ownership of themselves. They own their future. Teach them not to sell their values. Friends are temporary, but life is permanent and what they do with it depends on ownership of oneself.
  • Winning wars within: A young girls life is filled with emotional turmoil. She has so many things going on inside of herself. Self-consciousness is her worse road block. It can keep her from accomplishing her goals and living her dreams. It can also keep her from achievements.A strong woman(like you) who is confident can and will empower a young girl who has an emotional war going on inside herself. You can instill the building blocks that will turn an emotionally scarred girl into a super charged woman. Building blocks include self-confidence, worthiness, and control. Give them the tools(building blocks) for their future. Build self-confidence by showing they are worthy of who they are. Let them know they're in control of their own destiny. The war within a young girl can be won with the help of you. You have the tools to empower their emotional stability.
  • Encouraging education: Education is the key to any young girls future. It opens doors to possibilities. As a mentor you should encourage the education of young girls. To many young girls the door is closed to an education of any kind. In many underprivileged countries young girls don't even know how to read or write. Their only purpose is to marry and serve someone else. Even in some rural parts of the United States the nations' daughter's are under-educated or not at all. The sad fact is these young girls will stay impoverished and under-educated without the help of a strong mentor. Stand up for the education of all, not just some. Encourage education, make it possible and open the door to tomorrow.
  • Respecting responsibility: We are all different! Different backgrounds, different cultures, but we all have one thing in common: WE ARE STRONG WOMEN! We are black, white, and brown, but together as one we can teach young girls to respect responsibility. Responsibility is the key to everything in between now and the future of our young girls. The reality is young girls need mentors. They need guidance, structure and discipline. They need responsibilities to show them what their future is all about. Without any responsibility in their young lives they are going nowhere. Guide them onto the right path of respect. Give them structure in their lives. Young girls need a structured pattern. Without structure there is no discipline and without discipline there is no future.


These organizations help young girls realize their dreams, goals and futures by promoting,owning,winning, encouraging,and respecting.

Girl Power Groups
Girl Power Rocks
Girl Power
GPI Nigeria
Girls for a Change

March Is National Autoimmune Diseases Awareness Month

Saturday, March 3, 2012

1. 50 million Americans have an autoimmune disease comprising a major U.S. health crisis
2. There are 100+ autoimmune diseases including, lupus, Crohn's disease, celiac, Addison's disease, vasculitis, vitiligo, rheumatoid arthritis (RA), and ulcerative colitis.
3. Autoimmune diseases tend to "cluster" in families, for example, if your grandmother had rheumatoid arthritis (RA) or lupus, you could be at greater risk for developing an autoimmune disease.
4. Less than 13 percent of American's can name an autoimmune disease and yet it ranks as deadly as Cancer and Heart Disease.
5. Autoimmune diseases target women 75 percent more often than men and they are one of the top ten killers of women under the age of 64.

2012 National Women's History Month

2012 National Women’s History Month Theme: Women’s Education – Women’s Empowerment

March is National Women's History Month and it's fitting the theme this year is Women's Education and Women's Empowerment. Two great events take place during National Women's History Month that correlates with the theme this year: International Women's Day on March 8th and Rock the Red Pump National Women and Girls HIV/AIDS Awareness Day on March 10th. Both events support women's education and empowerment.

I'm two days behind on kicking off the blogging activities so today I am honoring three women for history that changed the world. Throughout the month I will celebrate women, bring awareness and try to make a difference in the lives of women.

Happy International Women's History Month!

19th Century Elizabeth Cady Stanton
In the years following the Civil War, Elizabeth Cady Stanton and Susan B. Anthony were among those who were determined to focus on female suffrage when only voting rights of freed males were addressed in Reconstruction. They founded the National Woman Suffrage Association and Stanton served as president.

When the NWSA and the rival American Woman Suffrage Association finally merged in 1890, Elizabeth Cady Stanton served as the president of the resulting National American Woman Suffrage Association.

While Elizabeth Cady Stanton is best known for her long contribution to the woman suffrage struggle, she was also active and effective in winning property rights for married women, equal guardianship of children, and liberalized divorce laws. These reforms made it possible for women to leave marriages that were abusive of the wife, the children, and the economic health of the family.

Elizabeth Cady Stanton died in New York on October 26, 1902, with nearly 20 years to go before the United States granted women the right to vote.

20th Century Jeannette Rankin

Jeannette Rankin was the first woman elected to the U.S. Congress, serving two separate terms. She injected the first woman's voice into national political debates. A committed pacifist, Rankin was the only member of Congress to oppose entry of the United States into both World Wars. Rankin, a lifelong Montana resident, was active in the woman suffrage movement in the West, and campaigned for election to Congress after her state gave women the right to vote. In Congress she sponsored legislation to provide federal voting rights and health services to women. Her anti-war vote in 1917 cost her her office, and she devoted much of the remainder of her life to pacifist causes. She held leadership roles in the Women's Inter-national League for Peace and Freedom and other groups. In 1940 she ran again for Congress on an isolationist platform and in 1941 was the sole Member to oppose the declaration of war on Japan. She later traveled extensively, studying with Ghandi, among others. She was, at age 86, a proud marcher in the Jeannette Rankin Brigade in the March on Washington to oppose the Vietnam War.

My 21st Century Woman is you! We all are 21st Century Women. We are part of Women's History Month. We can change the way women are still treated in today's culture and society. It's our duty to speak up and speak out.

To learn more about NWHM click on the links below:
Read, Write, Think
The My Hero Project
Women Who Changed History
Women's History Month

April's Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge!

Friday, March 2, 2012

Hey everyone - I just wanted to tell you about a new activity I'll be doing this April. The Health Activist Writer's Month Challenge hosted by WEGO Health. I will be writing a post a day for all 30 days. I hope you'll join me in writing every day about health. It's going to be a lot of fun and I'd love to see what you have to say about each of the topics, too. All you have to do to join is sign up here:HAWMC2012 and you'll be able to start posting once April rolls around. Looking forward to writing with you