Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by Life as Leels on behalf of Dignity Health. Regardless of compensation, all thoughts and opinions are 100% my own.
October is winding down which means that Breast Cancer Awareness month is ending, but that doesn’t mean you shouldn’t be proactive about your health.
One of my biggest fears – outside of my parental fears – is that I will develop breast cancer. I do not know a lot about my father’s side of the family and their medical issues, but I do know that several of them (my great-aunts and one of my distant cousins) have succumbed to cancer. I know for certain that one of them died from breast cancer.
Having just the limited information that I do, I take precautions to be proactive with my health. You can be proactive about your own breast health by seeking community resources, attending your yearly exams, getting your mammograms, gaining inspiration from other survivors, arming yourself with information, and sharing stories with one another.
One should never feel alone in their fear of breast cancer, through their treatment, through their journey. No one should ever have to feel alone. Everyone should practice humankindness with one another.
What is Humankindness?
Humankindness is an unexpected act of humanity or kindness that we don’t hear about every day. It can be profound feats of heroism. It can be small, refreshing gestures of generosity. But above all, it demonstrates the thoughtfulness of one human being toward another. It feeds (and potentially heals) the human spirit. It is demonstrated by: empathy, listening, connection, selflessness, thoughtfulness, respect.
It can be as simple as volunteering at a local hospital; bringing meals to someone who is in treatment; visiting with someone during their treatments; sending them a card; raising money and walking in awareness walks. It doesn’t have to be a large action, but every little action counts for something.
Dignity Health is doing Project Humankindness.
Dignity Health is the fifth largest health system in the nation with more than 40 hospitals across three states (including Arizona!) Through teamwork and innovation, faith and compassion, advocacy and action, they strive to keep their patients happy, healthy and whole.
Dignity Health believes these two pillars of humanity and kindness are the yin and yang of healing: powerful alone, but better together.
At Project Humankindness, you can scroll to the bottom of the page; input your zip code; select a category you are interested in; and then search for volunteer opportunities in your area.
Some of the categories are children and youth; homeless and hunger; refugees and immigrants; community; women; veterans – just to name a few.
No one person goes through a struggle alone. There is always someone else who has been there, done that. Why not share your story and make someone feel less alone?