Monday, August 29, 2011

Did you know....

The Facts
Prostate cancer is the most common non-skin cancer in America, affecting 1 in 6 men.
The older you are, the more likely you are to be diagnosed with prostate cancer.
A man with a father or brother who developed prostate cancer is twice as likely to develop the disease.
For men in the U.S., the risk of developing prostate cancer is 17%.
Prostate and testicular cancers kill just as many men as breast cancer kills women, yet breast cancer receives 50 times more money for research than prostate cancer.

The Challenge
September is Prostate Cancer Awareness month. For the entire month of September my goal is to wear a kilt every day that I'm not in uniform or required to dress in a certain manner. There are a bunch of bloggers who are participating in this challenge. Our goal is raise funds for prostate and testicular cancer research.

The Fundraising
Make with the clicky and go here -
That is my unique link for donations for the Prostate Cancer Foundation
When my kilt comes in, there will be pics. In the mean time visit the Kilted to Kick Cancer website  for more information.

Friday, August 12, 2011

Advice to a friend

"Awesome class tonight, Im pumped for the coming months! :D"

Ahh, the start of medic school. Remember this Facebook status when you're getting ready to test out. Remember how excited you were to start. Then, about four years in, curse the day you ever thought about becoming a paramedic, then two years after that, remember that you do something that makes you happy and lets you have an impact on others.

Good luck. Study hard. Ask questions. Figure out why, not 'just because', and always remember that despite the IV's, the tubes, the cric's, the decompressions, the cardioversions and the drugs, the best treatment we can offer is to listen, to hold a hand and to bear witness to life and to death.

This job will make you cry, both from sadness and happiness and also because your brain just doesn't know what else to do. Remember that this is okay, for you are human and the best thing that we can do for our patients is to be human and remember that despite the reason for your contact with them, they are human too.

You will do well. I have faith in you.