OCTOBER IS SPINA BIFIDA AWARENESS MONTH.
This is going to be a short one tonight, as, unfortunately, it’s been a really rough day. I had an exam today in my electronic media and new technology class. I studied hard for it, but, with my grandmother still in the hospital, academics isn’t always the top priority on my list. She seemed to be doing better today, if not for the fact that they still don’t know what’s wrong with her, and one of her doctors wants to run another battery of tests, while another one just wants her out of the hospital soon because of the cost (he works for the hospital!). Talk about a conflict of interest. Anyhow, she was poked, prodded and punctured today beyond belief. I have to say, in my almost 23 years of having spina bifida, I have never seen anything like that. I thought I would never live to see a human pin cushion.
But, personal concerns aside, I am determined to “keep on swimming” with this! Tomorrow is “Day 60,” people! The end of October is also approaching, and it seems that this awareness campaign didn’t seem to make much headway this month in particular. But, just because we lost the battle, it doesn’t mean we lose the war! And it is on. So, I decided on contacting General Mills– yes, the cereal company that makes Cheerios! But this versatile brand produces more than just sugar-coated whole grains. In addition to several other favorite cereals, such as Lucky Charms, Chex, Wheaties, and Trix, General Mills produces Nature Valley granola bars, Betty Crocker products, Green Giant frozen vegetables, and even Fruit Roll-Ups.
In 1954, the company created the General Mills Foundation in order to “provide financial support to nonprofit organizations that create sustainable community improvement in the areas of youth nutrition and fitness, social services, education and arts and culture.” General Mills has also partnered with “Box Tops for Education,” and is a supporter of the United Way, Meals on Wheels, and Habitat for Humanity.
As always, I am pressed for time for some reason or other! I have an appointment bright and early, so I must go to bed soon! Please keep sharing this blog with everyone. It really does help!