Dave HarrisSpecial to OVP
October 26, 2012
As many of your readers know, this month is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. What most people do not know is that October is also Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness month.
While I am a supporter of breast cancer research, I understand it is important that the community be made aware of the devastating effects of breast cancer, however it saddens me that while most business are proudly displaying the pink breast cancer awareness ribbons, I have not seen a single business display a Pregnancy and Infant Loss Awareness ribbon.
I gave birth to my son Matthew March 19, 2004. He was born premature at just 22 weeks and passed away two days later. I have many friends who have all also suffered the devastating loss of a child. Shouldn’t we get as much support from our community as those fighting cancer or who have lost loved ones to cancer? I am sure that I am not the only one in the baby loss community who feels the same. Next October I would like to see things change a bit.
There is plenty of room in our community to display both awareness ribbons. If any of the local business are interested in becoming a part of helping us mothers/fathers of baby loss spread awareness also, please contact me. I will give my email address at the end of this article.
November is also Prematurity Awareness Month. This subject is close to my heart as mention earlier, my son was born at just 22 weeks. One in eight babies in born prematurely in the United States. Many of these babies will face lifelong health problems and some are born too small to survive. The birth of a preemie changes the lives of families forever. It changes our communities and it changes our history. Who could say what that premature child could have grown up to be or could have accomplished if not for being born too soon?
I did not write this article to diminish breast cancer awareness but merely to bring to light another subject of equal important that deserves the same attention and importance. I urge members of my community and those all over to become aware of this taboo subject and support awareness during October, November and throughout the year. If anyone would like to contact me on how you can help, please email me at firstname.lastname@example.org.
Thank you for reading.