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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and so here is your first reminder to do your October self check.  I know I have a hard time remembering myself... so when I saw this, I downloaded it right away!

The non-profit Keep A Breast teamed up with verynice studio and The Rare Studios  to re-think the role of smart phones in breast cancer awareness and prevention. The FREE app provides a visual step-by-step overview of the breast self-exam and allows you to easily schedule an automatic monthly reminder with a pop-up text reminder.

With 40% of diagnosed breast cancers being self-detected, the iPhone and Android compatible app aims to educate young people about the importance of breast self-examination and its timing. The monthly reminder helps the user perform their breast self-exam at the same time every month, at the recommended time, right after your monthly cycle. Because of the normal hormonal fluctuations in a woman’s body that affect breast tissue, it is important to select the same time every month so you will be able to distinguish between normal change and something that feels different.

This app can be downloaded from the iTunes and Google Play stores. Both verynice and The Rare Studio helped make the app possible by graciously contributing over 150 hours of pro-bono service to the organization, allowing us to offer this life-changing – and perhaps life-saving app- free to the public.

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Are you suffering from SAD this time of year?

by Heather Leigh posted Jan 9 2018 11:40AM
A lot of people don't believe in this, but I have known enough people who suffer from it to know it's real. SAD, or Seasonal Affective Disorder is a type of depression related to changes in season. In Northern Michigan we lack sun in the winter and it can definitely affect a person's mind and attitude. 

If you're feeling a little "dumpy" this time of the year, don't have as much energy, or your outlook is just not as bright as it normally is, you may be suffering from SAD. I definitely feel it and I think my mom does too. To combat it I bought us each a Salt Lamp, which is supposed to be a type of light therapy for SAD.

SAD can also be worse for someone who suffers from depression, or has a family history of depression or bipolar disorder. If you're struggling this time of the year and aren't sure why, check out this article and get the facts on SAD.
 
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