It’s been four years since I walked across the stage and that feeling of accomplishment is ever present. I waited so long to do it and the moment it happened, the feeling wasn’t something that I could put into words.
This week’s podcast episode is dedicated to the 2020 graduates. Whether that be high school or college. You will remember this moment forever because this is the first of its kind, World Wide. Our country is experiencing a pandemic that has caused so much to shut down. So the tradition of walking across the stage to your name and accomplishments being heard over the loud speaker and your family and friends cheering you on, isn’t possible. I pray that one day there will be a way for us to acknowledge you all beyond the internet.
To listen to my thoughts on the importance of education, click here or visit the podcast tab.
Eric from The TmP Life podcast, invited me to chat with him about being a Better You. (Listen to that episode here.) In the last 6 months, most of the podcast episodes that I have put out, were centered around bettering yourself. Topics such as Support, Help, Plan, Budget, Signs, Vision, Journals, Self-Awareness and Worth to name a few. I have always tried to be a good person but I have learned that being good isn’t a monthly or yearly thing. It has to be a conscious effort daily.
For the last few years, I have been intentionally practicing being a better person because it feels good and the world needs more of it. If I learn anything new, I share it. If someone needs a helping hand, I lend one. When I wake up, I write down 3 things that I am grateful for so that I start my day with gratefulness. I write down 2 goals for the day, this gives my day purpose. I write down 1 person that I am praying for and then say a prayer for them. Before I go to bed, I read my bible instead of scrolling through my social media pages. I believe that this creates peace in my life and assures that I won’t fall asleep with the stresses of the world on my mind.
I genuinely have had a great life and I owe it all to God. He has been so faithful to me and I know that I have short changed him. I have been in church for a long time and I can honestly say that I had never fully tithed the full 10%. I made the decision to faithfully tithe the full 10% from here on out. I have been too blessed to not be obedient. I want to be a good person overall, not just in one area and i believe that tithing faithfully can assist that process as well.
Being a good person can be activated in many areas. A great place to start is to try to remove “self” from things. Think of others and do so genuinely. After becoming selfless, give. Give your time, talent, treasure, knowledge and love. The greatest of these is love.
Time: Help someone! Take time out of your day to assist someone who is in need. Hold someone’s hand, be a shoulder, a listening ear, help someone carry something heavy or even just sit and talk to an elder.
Talent: Whatever you are skilled at, share it by helping someone else at no cost. If you know how to build things or cut grass, donate your services to someone.
Treasure: Money or anything of value to you! Give to the homeless, donate to charity or some type of goodwill.
Knowledge: Pass on the information that you possess! Share your knowledge with someone who may need help.
Love: We have an unlimited supply. Give love cheerfully and freely. We have an abundance of it. There is an unlimited supply of love, spread it. Smile more. Compliment others, celebrate others.
It is truly better to give and there is a blessing in being a blessing to someone else. Sow into someone today.
Necessary information will find you if you’re open to receiving it. Being a woman, I could not be more grateful for the opportunity to learn about Ovarian Cancer. Dwana Bailey reached out to be a part of Sincerely Angie podcast to share her story and why she started her non-profit organization Fight Faith Strength Ovarian Cancer Awareness. Listen here!
I’d heard of ovarian cancer but never paid much attention to it. It wasn’t one of those things that hit close to home or happened on a big enough platform for me to research it. I am forever changed now. Dwana shared that her grandmother had ovarian cancer and once finding out, she lived for two weeks. Due to other ailments, there were no definitive signs that would have alerted them of the ovarian cancer. She was in her 70’s. Within a couple of months, Dwana fought through the hurt and pain to create Fight Faith Strength to bring awareness to the cancer that had taken her grandmother away. Dwana attends many medical and awareness events to learn as much as she can and spread awareness so that no other family has to go through what her family went through.
After recording the episode and hearing where it ranked on the list of the most common cancers in women, I got online to do some research. I wanted to find out the statistics and whatever information I could after hearing how the symptoms mimicked monthly menstrual symptoms.
Ovarian cancer is a cancer that begins in the female organs that produce eggs (ovaries).
Symptoms: Requires a medical diagnosis-Ovarian cancer often has no symptoms in the early stages. Later stages are associated with symptoms, but they can be non-specific, such as loss of appetite and weight loss.
– Can have no symptoms, but people may experience:
– Pain areas:in the abdomen or pelvis
– Gastrointestinal:bloating, change in bowel habits, indigestion, or nausea
– Abdominal:abdominal fullness, fluid in the abdomen, or lump in the abdomen
– Whole body:cancer-related fatigue or loss of appetite
– Also common:weight loss
Treatment:Depends on stage – Surgery and chemotherapy are generally used to treat ovarian cancer.
Medications: Chemotherapy – Kills cells that are growing or multiplying too quickly
Medical procedure: Radiation therapy – Treatment that uses x-rays and other high-energy rays to kill abnormal cells.
Specialists: OBGYN doctor, Oncologist, Palliative medicine, Radiation oncologist, and Surgeon
Consult a doctor for medical advice
Ladies please pay attention to your body. If you are feeling like something isn’t right, say something. Go see someone. If you don’t feel satisfied after seeing them, go see someone else. There is nothing wrong with a second, third or fourth opinion. Trust your gut, it could save your life. And if someone you know complains of these symptoms, say something. You may just save their life.
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