Written by Michael Meahan
Breast cancer and Diabetes awareness were the themes of Spirit Week Wednesday. You had people dressed head to toe in blue and/or pink. Some people literally had their heads blue ad=bd pink with hair dye. Some had face paint, jackets, beads, jewelry, colored shoes — the list goes on and on.
Out of all the days, I do believe that Wednesday defenitely had the most people participating and it had to be the most colorful. Every class I walked into was a stun of color and awareness. Speaking of awareness, let’s talk about breast cancer and diabetes. Breast cancer is a disease where the cells in the breast grow out of control; it can spread through blood vesicles and lymph vesicles. In most cases the cancer begins at the ducts or lobules, usually occurring in women and rarely in men.
Now about Diabetes — you may have heard this from Mrs. Davis, but here is refresher. The most common type of diabetes is Type 2 where the body has a problem creating insulin (the enzyme that deals with the breaking down of sugar). Much like Type 2, Type 1 also has the problem of creating insulin.
As for the treatment of these diseases, breast cancer is treatable. Treatment options include surgery, chemotherapy, Hormonal therapy, Radiational and, biological therapy. For diabetes, there is no cure, but it is manageable with medication, insulin, and dietary changes. Luckily, there is a chance it can go into remission, meaning diminution, but not cured. That is why we need to raise awareness for these diseases, so people know about them and so people know how to deal with them. So, be proud that you went pink and blue for a day. Your colorfulness might have helped saved a few lives …scroll down for the great participation pics!