Wednesday, June 2, 2010
June is SPINA BIFIDA AWARENESS month
It is my first spina bifida awareness month. Anyone in Ontario may have noticed that at liquor stores there is a tin by the cash register asking for donations and awareness of the importance of folic acid. I had vaguely noticed these before but never really paid that much attention to it. Well now I do.
Folic acid [sorry Jill I have to mention it] is believed to decrease the chance of spina bifida occuring (not always - as I was taking prenatal vitamins when I got pregnant). And the folic acid initiative has been shown to statistically decrease the incidence of neural tube defects.
Yes spina bifida is the most common birth defect in North America (about 1 in 1000 births) and that does not even consider those babies that are terminated. But spina bifida is not very well known among the general public - think about your first thoughts about spina bifida.
So I'm going to take this month as an excuse to try to make spina bifida a household name. The main focus of the month is going to be preparing for my Spirit Wheel Walk Run, June 19. This is an event that was created by the Spina Bifida and Hydrocephalus Association of Ontario, but that is actually run by individual families. My event is a walk along the Pickering Lakeshore for 3 hours with Nickolas' Loved Ones - our family and friends.
To prepare I have talked to family and friends, made up a personal pamphlet with information as well as a poster that I posted at work (and apparently was not clear that it was about me and Nickolas). But here is the final stretch. Not only to do I want to raise funds, I want to create awareness. I want to shout from the rooftops - My Son has Spina Bifida and it is only One Aspect of Who He Is. He is a wonderful, happy child who will have difficulties in life (yes everyone does). He is what Spina Bifida Looks Like.
Education and awareness is my goal for this month. I'm hoping to put some educational material on here this month - as well as my up-to-date, what-is-going-ons. I've moved this to it's own blog at http://www.aboutspinabifida.blogspot.com/ which is also a link on the side of this page.
I'm going to try to post the pamphlet I made up - it's a pdf file. And of course all my wonderful pics of my cutie-pies!