May You Be Ready for June, July…

“May, more than any other month of the year, wants us to feel alive” -Fennel Hudson

May is also melanoma and skin cancer awareness month, a great time of year to build awareness and to change lifelong habits of sun worship.  I’ve focused my writing this past month on inspiration, courage, and hope.  I’ve shared tips for cancer patients, caregivers, and interested by-standers. And whoa, the month is gone like that, my favorite!

May Day, May Day

A month for renewal, lovely lilacs, and those darn four-o’clock in the morning birds, May brings us a splendor of sensory delight in New England.  While May is the month that targets melanoma education, every month needs to be about sun safety.  If it’s January and you are out for a ski, be prepared.  April and a seemingly overcast day, the sun’s rays are burrowing through the clouds (and potentially your skin).  November, with the sun distancing itself, still offering powerful cancer causing light.

 

May You Be Open to Change

Summer we are more habitual with our sun screen and shade seeking; make #sunsmarts a year round routine.  As a librarian, passionate about early literacy, I always encourage families to make reading at least a twice daily habit, “kinda like brushing your teeth”.  Make skin care rote year round, too; get your groove on, keep sun safety simple, and enjoy!

Okay, I am a word nerd and you’ll recognize my fervency for language, books, and expression throughout my blog. The online dictionary, Merriam-Webster.com, defines the word may as “having the ability to” and  also means having possibility. Think MAY as we jump to June! Give yourself the upturn of May year round!

#melanoma #melanomatheskinwerein #melanomamonth

We can-cer vive!

Janis

Memorial Day Musings

Memorial Day is  a day of remembrance, a day honoring those who have fallen fighting for our freedom.  My father, a WWII veteran with two Distinguished Flying Cross awards, saw things I never could imagine, found courage that I aspire to,  and lost several comrades to war. Humble about all his war years, we kids never knew “that part” of his life. Parades on Memorial Day were a chance for him to remember, to forget, to move forward.

Gratitude is immense when I consider the sacrifice men and women of the United States have made and continue to make.  With heads held high, soldiers incorporate their losses into their lives.  Thank you to those who have passed, and to those who continue to fight for our freedoms.

Cancer, while an entirely different battlefield, also is one of those life reminders.  Cancer patients remember what life was like “before”, try to let it go, and move forward with the living part. Courage takes on many forms and it is during those most raw experiences that we learn just how strong we are.

Whether melanoma, another cancer, or what ever battle you face, we can learn from our amazing military.  Yes, remember what life once was, learn to process the loss and change, and keep on fighting.

To all of U.S., together, a safe Memorial Day.

We can-cer vive!

Janis