Cystic Fibrosis Awareness 101

July 23, 2010

Cystic fibrosis is an inherited chronic disease that affects the lungs and digestive system. According to the Cystic Fibrosis Foundation, the disease affects 30,000 children and adults in the United States and about 70,000 people worldwide.

Cystic fibrosis is caused by a defective gene and its protein product, which causes the body to produce unusually thick, sticky mucus that clogs the lungs, leading to life-threatening lung infections. It also obstructs the pancreas and stops natural enzymes from breaking down and absorbing food.

About 1,000 new cases of cystic fibrosis are diagnosed each year, and more than 70% of patients are diagnosed by age two. The predicted median age for a person with cystic fibrosis to survive is more than 37 years; in the 1950s, few children with cystic fibrosis lived long enough to attend elementary school.

In order to have cystic fibrosis, a person must inherit two copies of the defective CF gene—one copy from each parent. The most common symptoms of cystic fibrosis are:

  • Very salty-tasting skin
  • Persistent coughing, at times with phlegm
  • Frequent lung infections, like pneumonia or bronchitis
  • Wheezing or shortness of breath
  • Poor growth/weight gain in spite of a good appetite
  • Frequent greasy, bulky stools or difficulty in bowel movements
  • Small, fleshy growths in the nose called nasal polyps

Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we understand the importance of raising awareness of causes such as cystic fibrosis, and our exclusive line of cystic fibrosis awareness apparel and gifts includes some of the following shirts:

CURE Cystic Fibrosis T Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

CURE Cystic Fibrosis T Shirt

CURE Cystic Fibrosis T Shirt

Flower Ribbon CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS T-Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Flower Ribbon CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS T-Shirts

Flower Ribbon CYSTIC FIBROSIS AWARENESS T-Shirts

NEEDS A CURE 2 CYSTIC FIBROSIS T-Shirts & Gifts by Awareness Gift Boutique

 NEEDS A CURE 2 CYSTIC FIBROSIS T-Shirts & Gifts

NEEDS A CURE 2 CYSTIC FIBROSIS T-Shirts & Gifts

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.



Lung Cancer Awareness 101: Ten Fast Facts

June 18, 2010

Ten Fast Facts about Lung Cancer

  1. Approximately 170,000 people in the United States are diagnosed with lung cancer each year.
  2. Studies indicate that women who smoke may be more likely to develop lung cancer than men who smoke.
  3. In recent years, cases of lung cancer have been declining among men, but the illness is becoming increasingly common among women.
  4. Much of the increase of lung cancer cases in women is due to an increase in women who began to smoke in recent decades.
  5. Lung cancer can be difficult to diagnose in its early stages because symptoms sometimes don’t appear until the disease is in an advanced stage.
  6. Tumors in the lungs may also arise from other cancers elsewhere in the body.
  7. Symptoms of lung cancer can include a persistent cough, constant chest pain, coughing up blood, shortness of breath, wheezing, hoarseness, swelling of the neck and face, weight loss and loss of appetite.
  8. Quitting smoking at any age significantly reduces the risk of lung cancer.
  9. Although most people believe otherwise, non-smokers can get lung cancer. Exposure to secondhand smoke, radon, asbestos and air pollution have been associated with lung cancer.
  10. Some of the most common treatment options for lung cancer are surgery, radiation, and chemotherapy.

Awareness Gift Boutique is comprised of cancer survivors and survivor spouses, and we understand the importance of spreading awareness of all cancers and causes. We care about you and your loved ones that are living with lung cancer, and our exclusive line of lung cancer awareness and support shirts and gifts all feature a pearl-colored lung cancer awareness ribbon along with an inspiring slogan which will help others take notice.

The following shirts feature some of our most popular designs:

Get Mad At Lung Cancer T Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Get Mad At Lung Cancer T Shirts

Get Mad At Lung Cancer T Shirts

In The Fight Lung Cancer FRIEND T-shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

In The Fight Lung Cancer FRIEND T-shirts

In The Fight Lung Cancer FRIEND T-shirts

Lung Cancer I Support My Mother T Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Lung Cancer I Support My Mother T Shirts

Lung Cancer I Support My Mother T Shirts

We offer shirts and merchandise for over 80 causes that matter to you and yours, and personalization is available. If you are in need of something that you do not see in our online boutique, please don’t hesitate to contact us.

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Autism Awareness 101

May 22, 2010

Jenny McCarthy has helped autism awareness make headlines, and you’ve probably seen the “puzzle piece” bumper stickers and car magnets for the cause … but how much do you really know about the condition?

Autism is a developmental disability of the brain characterized by severe communication and social interaction problems. Autism can cause behavioral challenges as well, and these problems occur because the brains of people with autism handle information differently than people without autism.

Autism symptoms generally appear in children before they reach their third birthday, and most parents begin to recognize symptoms of autism before the age of two. These symptoms vary from person to person, but a child with autism may display some of the following signs:

  • not respond to their own name by age 12 months
  • avoid eye contact and prefer to be alone
  • have delayed speech and language skills
  • flap their hands or rock their body
  • get upset by  minor changes

An official diagnosis of autism can be difficult because there are no medical tests which can show positive results. Instead, doctors evaluate a child’s behavior and development to diagnose autism.

Parents and loved ones of children with autism want to help spread the word, and Awareness Gift Boutique’s collection of Autism Awareness products and apparel are a great way to get started. We are always adding to our already large selection of gifts and clothing, and these are some of our favorite shirts:

Autism Awareness T Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Autism Awareness T Shirts

Autism Awareness T Shirts

AUTISM Find The Cure 1 T-shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

AUTISM Find The Cure 1 T-shirts

AUTISM Find The Cure 1 T-shirts

Autism COLORS HIS OWN WORLD Son Tee Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Autism COLORS HIS OWN WORLD Son Tee Shirt

Autism COLORS HIS OWN WORLD Son Tee Shirt

Thank you for visiting the Awareness 101 blog! Be sure to follow us on Twitter @Awareness_101 and stop back often!

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Colon Cancer Awareness: Get Over the Embarassment

May 21, 2010

The embarrassment factor alone is enough to prevent most people from learning about colon cancer, and that shouldn’t be the case. Colon cancer, or cancer of the large intestine, often begins as small benign (noncancerous) clumps of cells that are called polyps. Polyps may be so small that they initially produce no symptoms, which is why doctors recommend regular screening tests to identify polyps that may lead to colon cancer.

One of the first symptoms of colon cancer is bleeding from the rectum or blood mixed in with your stool when you go to the bathroom. Most people mistakenly assume that the bleeding is due to hemorrhoids, and this incorrect self-diagnosis may cause them significant harm down the road. However, rectal bleeding can also be internal, or hidden, and an iron deficiency may show up in your routine blood work during a physical if you’re experiencing internal rectal bleeding. If a tumor in your colon gets large enough, it may also cause stomach pains, unexplained weight loss, or a frequency in going to the bathroom – among many other symptoms.

As with most cancers, the earlier colon cancer is detected, the easier it is to treat. That’s why it’s imperative that you go see your doctor immediately if you are experiencing any symptoms and think that something may be wrong. Colon cancer may be detected through a blood test of your fecal matter, but your doctor will probably also recommend a test called a colonoscopy which looks inside your colon.

You might be embarrassed to discuss these things — even with your doctor — but when it comes to your health and possibly your life, embarrassment is not worth it.

If you or someone you know is fighting colon cancer, then you understand the need to spread awareness. Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we spend our time “Creating Awareness for Those Matters that Matter” and we have a wide selection of Colon Cancer Awareness merchandise and apparel.

We hope that you find some of these T-shirts appropriate methods of spreading the word about Colon Cancer:

Colon Cancer I Wear Blue For My Mom 10 Tshirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Colon Cancer I Wear Blue For My Mom 10 Tshirts

Colon Cancer I Wear Blue For My Mom 10 Tshirts

SCREW Colon Cancer 1 T-shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

SCREW Colon Cancer 1 T-shirts

SCREW Colon Cancer 1 T-shirts

Colon Cancer Awareness Hooded Sweatshirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Colon Cancer Awareness Hooded Sweatshirt

Colon Cancer Awareness Hooded Sweatshirt

Thank you for visiting our blog, and be sure to check back soon for additional updates on various causes!

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Leukemia 101: Fast Facts about Leukemia

April 23, 2010

Leukemia is a cancer of the bone marrow and blood, characterized by the uncontrolled accumulation of blood cells. Here are a few things that you may not have realized about leukemia:

  • It is estimated that nearly 250,000 people in the United States are living with, or are in remission from, leukemia.
  • Anyone can get leukemia- it affects males and females of all ages, and the exact cause of leukemia is not known.
  • Signs of leukemia may include easy bruising or bleeding, paleness or easy fatigue, recurrent minor infections or poor healing of minor cuts.
  • Some people with chronic leukemia may not have any of the major symptoms are only diagnosed during a routine medical examination.
  • A leukemia diagnosis requires specific blood tests and an examination of cells in the blood and marrow.
  • The goal of leukemia treatment is complete remission, which means that there is no evidence of the disease and the person returns to good health with normal blood and marrow cells.

If you or someone you know is fighting leukemia or any other cancer, please realize that you are not alone.

Awareness Gift Boutique consists of cancer survivors and survivor spouses, and we are also avid awareness supporters of causes that matter, including leukemia. We offer a complete line of exclusive Leukemia Awareness products, consisting of various gifts and apparel such as the shirts shown below.  These products all help spread the word about Leukemia Awareness:

Leukemia Survivor Tee Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Leukemia Survivor Tee Shirts

Leukemia Survivor Tee Shirts

Leukemia Awareness PEACE LOVE CURE 1 T Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Leukemia Awareness PEACE LOVE CURE 1 T Shirts

Leukemia Awareness PEACE LOVE CURE 1 T Shirts

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Leukemia HOPE FAITH CURE T Shirt

Leukemia HOPE FAITH CURE T Shirt

Be sure to check back often and see which new items have been added to our Leukemia Awareness department!

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Keep Your Heart Healthy: 5 Easy Tips

April 23, 2010

Heart disease is the leading cause of death for both men and women! While it’s true that heredity may play a part, it’s important to do your part to save your heart!

It’s time to put your heart health in your own hands as you consider these 5 easy suggestions:

1. Quit smoking. Tobacco use is one of the largest contributing factors to heart disease, but if you quit smoking today your risk of heart disease drops dramatically within just one year.

2. Get moving. Exercise helps lower your risk of heart disease. Professionals recommend 30 to 60 minutes of moderate activity each day, but every little bit helps. Take 10 minute walks throughout the day- it all adds up.

3. Eat healthier. While it’s true that everything is okay in moderation, most of your diet should consist of items which are low in salt, fat, and cholesterol. It’s also important to eat fruits, vegetables, whole grains and low-fat dairy products.

4. Maintain a healthy weight. Carrying excess body weight can lead to high blood pressure, high cholesterol and diabetes- all conditions which increase your chances of heart disease.

5. Get regular check-ups from your doctor. It is recommended that adults should have their blood pressure checked at least every two years, and  cholesterol levels should be checked at least every five years. This may vary if you are currently receiving treatment for high blood pressure or high cholesterol.

Awareness Gift Boutique is doing our part to help spread awareness of all causes which matter, including heart disease.

Show your support for heart disease awareness with one of the following items:

Heart Disease Awareness Fridge Magnets by Awareness Gift Boutique

Heart Disease Awareness Fridge Magnets

Heart Disease Awareness Fridge Magnets

or

I Wear Red For My Dad 43 Heart Disease T-shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

I Wear Red For My Dad 43 Heart Disease T-shirts

I Wear Red For My Dad 43 Heart Disease T-shirts

or

Heart Disease Survivor T Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

Heart Disease Survivor T Shirt

Heart Disease Survivor T Shirt

We’re here to help spread the word about heart disease, and you’ll be sure to find just what you need in our extensive line of heart disease awareness products.

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.


Skin Cancer Awareness 101

April 4, 2010

Summer is approaching and you might be ready to hit the beach or the pool, but be sure to pack your sunscreen!

Did you know?

  • Cancer is the second leading cause of death in the United States, second only to heart disease, and skin cancer is the most common type of cancer.
  • Skin cancer generally develops in the outermost layer of skin, the epidermis, which means that a tumor is usually visible.
  • The three most common forms of skin cancer are basal cell carcinoma, squamous cell cancer, and melanoma. These three types of skin cancer are all named after the type of skin cell from which it arises.
  • Melanoma is less common than basal cell carcinoma and squamous cell cancer, but it is the most serious of the three.
  • Most cases of skin cancer are linked to sun exposure. Keep in mind that people with light skin are more susceptible to skin cancer, which means that even people who do not sunbathe can get skin cancer.
  • Early signs of skin cancer may include changes in the skin that will not heal (such as a pimple that will not go away) patches of discolored skin, and changes in existing moles.
  • Although it is impossible to completely avoid sun exposure, you can lower your chances of developing skin cancer by applying sunscreen daily and wearing protective clothing such as long pants and long-sleeved shirts.

Awareness Gift Boutique is comprised of cancer survivors, survivor spouses, and cancer awareness supporters. We urge you to display your commitment to Skin Cancer Awareness and show support to the special person in your life that is battling skin cancer by wearing a black ribbon along with the apparel available from our large collection of Skin Cancer Awareness products such as the T-shirts displayed below.

Skin Cancer I Wear Black For ME 43 T-shirts

Skin Cancer I Wear Black For ME 43 T-shirts

Skin Cancer I Wear Black For ME 43 T-shirts

My Hero Is My Angel Skin Cancer Tee Shirts

My Hero Is My Angel Skin Cancer Tee Shirts

My Hero Is My Angel Skin Cancer Tee Shirts

Skin Cancer Chick Gone Black T Shirts

Skin Cancer Chick Gone Black T Shirts

Skin Cancer Chick Gone Black T Shirts

Don’t forget- if you need a large quantity of T-shirts or other products for a group or a fundraiser, Awareness Gift Boutique offers volume discounts on quantities as low as ’11’.

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.