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  • National Autism Awareness Month Facts

     

     

    Next month, the month of April, is designated as National Autism Awareness Month. Autism is a developmental disability that usually makes itself known within the first three years of a child's life. According to the Autism Society:

    "Autism is defined by a certain set of behaviors and is a "spectrum disorder" that affects individuals differently and to varying degrees. There is no known single cause of autism, but increased awareness and funding can help families today."

     

     

     

     

    Autism is a complex disorder and even with years of testing and research no single known cause has been determined. However, is is widely accepted that that it is caused by abnormalities in brain function or structure. While there are a number of theories about what causes autism such as genetics, heredity and medical issues, there is no definitive answer. As noted on the Autism Society website; while no one has actually discovered and "autism gene" there does appear to be a notable pattern in some families of autism and/or related disorders. It also appears that some children may be predisposed to developing autism. However, there is nothing that has been found that could be an actual cause or trigger.

     

     

     

     

     

    So why the puzzle piece?  As I mentioned, while researchers have found patterns and have long suspected certain environmental factors, there is a piece of a puzzle that is missing and that piece - when discovered - could mean a cure, which is why April is designated as National Autism Awareness Month. The more awareness that can be raised means more money for research, education, and support for families affected by autism.

     

     

     

    While fundraising does occur throughout the year, during National Autism Awareness month there are even more fundraisers, events and news stories that bring attention and shine a big bright spotlight on this disorder.

     

     

     

     

    So start now, spread the word early and let everyone know that April is National Autism Awareness Month!!!

     

    For more information about Autism you can visit:

    Autism Society ~ www.autism_society.org

    Autism Speaks ~ www.autismspeaks.org

    Autism Research Institute ~ www.autism.com

     

     

     

     

     

  • Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month

    September is Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.  This is a great time to support ovarian cancer organizations and to help raise awareness about this disease. Teal is the color used to represent and bring awareness to ovarian cancer.  The signs aren't always obvious - symptoms are sometimes described as the ovarian cancer whisper, which is why it is important for women to know their bodies. If something is causing concern, be sure speak with your doctor. There are very few warning signs, but talking to your doctor if you feel like something isn't right can be the best defense against the disease.  Actually, when detected early enough the 5 year survival rate is 93%.

     

    The main symptoms of ovarian cancer are:

    * bloating or internal gas

     * pelvic, abdominal pain or lower back pain

    * nausea, lack of appetite or feeling full quickly

    * urinary frequency or urgency

    * unexplained changes in bowel habits

    * unexplained weight loss or gain

    * decreased lack of energy that is ongoing

     

    If you have a combination of these symptoms and they last for 2-3 weeks be sure you consult your doctor.

     

     

    While the exact cause of ovarian cancer isn't known, there are some factors which can put certain people at a greater risk of developing the disease than others.

    * Age -- more specifically women over 45 years old

    * Genetics -- if you have a family history of breast or ovarian cancer you are at risk of developing ovarian cancer. If you have had breast cancer your risk for ovarian cancer also increases.

    * BRCA1 or BRCA 2 -- an inherited gene mutation that puts women at a much higher risk of developing breast or ovarian cancer.

    * Infertility or No pregnancies

     

    It is important to remember that all women are at risk and that why it is so important to bring awareness and donate to cancer research organizations so they will have the funds they need to learn more about early detection, prevention ans treatment. While yearly gynecological exams do not always test for ovarian cancer, getting a routine pelvic and rectal examination is a good first step. Also, ask your doctor about the CA125 blood test, which tests the level of a substance in the blood that increases when a cancerous tumor is present. While the test can be a good tool for those at high risk of developing the disease, it isn't recommended for women of normal or ordinary risk. This is because the test can miss over 50% of cancers and can be raised by benign conditions.

    Since September is ovarian cancer awareness month, be sure to talk to the women in you life to ensure they know about the risks and symptoms associated with the disease. In addition, if you are concerned that you maybe be at risk for developing ovarian cancer have a talk with your doctor and ALL women should be getting regular check-ups.

  • BIGGEST Clearance Sale of the Year!!!!!


    Glam -- Pink and Black Wallet

    If you haven't done so yet -- you really must stop by Charming Chick and take a look at all of our wonderful clearance selection. There are fantastic items, with some unbelievable prices!!! With Mother's Day and Easter just around the corner -- there is no reason not to take a look and save some money. The Glam wallet that is pictured above, regularly sells for $11.99. It's super stylish, fits great in your purse, and holds your essential credit cards or ID.  The soft faux pink leather exterior is embellished with a cute charm featuring Swarovski Crystals. It is now just $2.99! What a savings!

     


    Pink Ribbon and Heart Breast Cancer Awareness Ribbon

      

    This beautiful bracelet is a great way to show your support, and bring awareness to the fight against breast cancer. The stretch band - with light pink and silver-tone beads - is adorned with a pink ribbon charm and a silver-tone heart charm.  The heart charm features a single pink crystal stone on the front. This Breast Cancer Awareness bracelet measures 7 inches and will stretch for a comfortable fit.

      


    Multi-colored Crystal Stainless Steel Ring

    Our Multi-colored Crystal Stainless Steelring is a beautiful item at an amazing price. Stainless Steel is a very durable - and hypoallergenic - white metal. Stainless Steel will not break, bend or tarnish. The crystals are bright and colorful. This ring will add pizzaz to any outfit! The faceted crystals will also dance as the light hits them. 


    Swarovski Crystal Necklace, Bracelet and Earring Set

    This set has all the dazzle and sparkle of the designer sets but for a fraction of the price. This makes a wonderful - and affordable - bridesmaids gift. It can also be worn by a bride or for any other formal or semi-formal occasion. The set includes one necklace, one bracelet and one pair of earrings. All are silver-tone and made with genuine Swarovski crystal beads. The necklace is adjustable from about 15 to 18 inches long and has a lobster clasp closure. The earrings dangle down about 1" and are for pierced ears. The bracelet measures about 7.25" long and has a lobster clasp closure. The intricate flower/vine design -- is simply stunning.


    Black and White Long Locket Pendant Necklace

    The last piece we want to highlight today, is a gorgeous Black and White Pendant necklace. This would make an absolutely perfect Mother's Day gift for any of the women in your life.  You'll love the long chain and beautiful black and white brocade design. It is the perfect way to keep a treasured photo close to your heart.

    Be sure to check out all of our clearance items - so you can take advantage of these deep discounts - before they are sold out!

  • Heart Disease Awareness -- February is Heart Month

          

    Awareness Angel Pin 

      

    February is American Heart Month - which is why we here at Charming Chick - want to do our part to bring awareness and to help in the fight against heart disease.      

      

           

      

    According the American Heart Association, 90% of women have one or more risk factors for developing heart disease, yet there is a lack of awareness and understanding about the severity and prevalence of heart disease in women. More women die each year from heart disease than all forms of cancer combined. The good news is that while heart disease is the leading cause of death in women 20 years or older, it is also the most preventable.      

      

            

      

    What are the Risk Factors?      

      

          

      

     The American Heart Association and Health.com lists several risk factor which can lead to heart disease and stroke.     

      

    • Age - 65 or older   
    • Race - African-Americans and Hispanic Americans are at an increased risk
    •  Genetics  - If you have close family members who have had heart disease, you are at risk.   
    • Gender - Men have a greater risk than women of having a heart attack. Women's risk of heart disease increases after menopause.   
    • Smoking - increases your risk 2 to 4 times as much as someone who doesn't.   
    • High Blood Pressure - Makes your heart work harder and puts you are risk for many health issues.   
    • Obesity - Even if you have no other risk factors this is a big one that can lead to heart attack or stroke.   
    • Diabetes -  About three-quarters of people with diabetes die from some form of heart or blood vessel disease.
         

        

          

    Awareness Scarf        

    How Do You Prevent it?       

     To help prevent a heart attack and stroke you need to get healthy and that includes:       

    • Maintaining a heart healthy diet
    • Getting regular exercise
    • Managing stress
    • Managing your weight
    • Quitting smoking
    • Limiting unhealthy fats 

            

        

     Awareness Tote  

    At Charming Chick we have several items that can be purchased to bring awareness to this deadly but highly preventable disease. A portion of the proceeds from these items, are donated to the American Heart Association.   

           

            

       

       

         

      

       

     

      

     

  • The Awareness Ribbon -- Showing your Support

    At one time or another, most people have either worn - or at least seen - an awareness ribbon; they have been around for many years. In the 1970’s the yellow ribbon surfaced, to show support for the safe return of soldiers, in the 1990’s the red ribbon began being used, to bring awareness for those affected by the AIDS epidemic, shortly after that we saw the pink ribbon worn in support of breast cancer – and today, we see awareness ribbons in all the colors of the rainbow and each one can represent several causes.   

    So what is an awareness ribbon and why do people choose to wear them? Well, the first reason is in the name itself – to raise awareness about a cause; which in turn can help raise funds to aid in supporting the cause. Merchandise like pins, magnets, key chains, bracelets, shirts, hats, etc. which have the ribbon of choice on it, are sold and most often a large percent if not all the funds raised, go to help the cause.

    Many people all have countless reasons for wearing an awareness ribbon, but they all boil down to the same reasons – they are a symbol which unite the supporters of the cause, they open the door to conversations about the cause, and last – and most importantly – they are a reminder that life, is so very precious and that every person matters.

    At Charming Chick we are proud to offer many awareness ribbon items that can be worn to show support and bring awareness to whichever cause (or causes) are near and dear to your heart. We have charms, hats, shirts, pins and much, much more.

     If you would like a full list of ribbons colors and the causes they represent Click Here. If you know of a cause that we do not have listed, please let us know, and we will be happy to include it.

     

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