photo cred: Hailey Photography
And here's why. . .
October is domestic violence awareness month. After I lost a friend to domestic violence, I wanted to help others like her. So each year I would do the domestic violence walk and volunteer at shelter for women who were in abusive relationships.
The Annual Philly AIDS walk takes place in October. Before a dear friend of mine killed herself after she found out she had HIV I knew nothing about AIDS or HIV. But I knew that her death affect me and I wanted to learn more about people living with HIV and AIDS.
October is LGBT history month. Being bisexual I always felt like an outcast because I grew up in a Christian household. Being gay was a sin and I was going to hell. But as I got older, I've learned to love and accept who I am without limitations and judgment.
October is Bully Prevention Month. Suicide is the 3rd leading cause of death among young people. Bully victims are 2-9 times more likely to commit suicide. Too many youths who are suffering in silence.
October is breast cancer awareness month. Each year in the United States more than 200, 000 Women get breast cancer and more than 40,000 women die from having breast cancer. I've lost many families and friend to this disease and it’s important that as women we learn more about breast cancer and being supportive to those affected by it.
Recently I discovered October is also Pregnancy & infant loss awareness month. On August 16, 2017 I had my second miscarriage, I was 7 weeks pregnant. 1 in 4 women experience a miscarriage in their lives and yet it’s something we don’t talk about. Right now, in this moment I’m breaking my silence to help other women. You’re not alone.
October is a special month with so many amazing causes and awareness. Take the time to learn about them, or at least one. The more we know, the more we understand, the more we understand, the better it is to love.