I found it interesting that when I read about this observance, they directed it toward children. Whomever wrote the piece for NationalDayCalendar.com said: “Over 90% of children do not understand their disease or chronic illness.  We often resist what we don’t understand. Children skip medications and treatments. As a result, their condition worsens and treatments are less effective and outcomes worsen. Interactive programs in fun, friendly environments offer a way for children to learn about their conditions.” I say, this is true for many people, despite their age.

There are some people who thirst for knowledge. They hoard every shred of information for whatever reason – to feel in control, to overcome fear, to try to find a cure… Then, there are others who remain in the dark for just as many reasons. There’s no right or wrong way to cope. However, not understanding your treatment options can be detrimental. This is where it becomes vital for people to understand what ails them, how they can reduce the effects, and how treatment can or cannot help – not to mention what the potential affects of treatment might be.

This month is about more than literacy. It is about life. AS someone with chronic health conditions and loved ones with them, I implore you to be self-educated. It is the only way to ensure you are getting the care you deserve, whether it is treatment being given to you or a loved one. Knowledge IS power – weapon up at your local library!

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