Before Ben was born, I had no idea that October was Down Syndrome Awareness Month. I knew it was Breast Cancer Awareness Month, because NFL teams wear pink cleats and stores have specials where you can get deals on pink merchandise. As I've started thinking about awareness - and informing people about Down syndrome - I've started paying more attention to my facebook feed. Did you know that not only are people raising awareness of Down syndrome and breast cancer this month, but it is also:
Spina Bifida Awareness month
Dyslexia Awareness month
National Bullying Prevention Month
SIDS Awareness Month
Childhood Obesity Prevention Month
Clergy Appreciation Month
Red Ribbon Week
Fire Prevention Week
Sensory Awareness Month (Sensory Processing Disorder)
Domestic Violence Awareness
Pregnancy Loss and Infant Loss Awareness Month
Rett Syndrome Awareness Month
Fair Trade Month
... and more!
The more I think about awareness, the more I realize how much people just want to be known. We want our experiences - our lives - to be understood and valued. I have seen these statuses and announcements go by on facebook and realized that I know people affected by each of these issues.
I want to pay attention.