Chronic Fatigue Syndrome: It’s Real and It’s Out There

Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we understand the importance of feeling healthy and well-rested. If you’ve ever felt so run down and tired that you can’t even leave your own house, you know what a terrible feeling it is. People who are living with chronic fatigue syndrome know that feeling all too well.

Chronic fatigue syndrome, or CFS, is a condition of prolonged and severe tiredness that is not relieved by rest. CFS is  not related to exertion: people who live with CFS are tired and fatigued no matter what they do, even if they try to “take it easy for awhile.”

The symptoms of CFS are similar to that of many common viral infections, but they last for months. In order to be officially diagnosed with CFS, someone must be experiencing symptoms for at least 6 months.

Symptoms of CFS include extreme tiredness that is not brought on by any particular activity. This fatigue must be severe enough to prevent someone from following through with their normal, everyday activities, such as going to work or cooking dinner. Their quality of life is severely altered because of their condition.

There is no real cure for CFS, which makes awareness of the condition even more important.  Awareness Gift Boutique strives to spread the news about all important causes, including Chronic Fatigue Syndrome. Our online boutique has a wide selection of CFS Awareness Products, including merchandise and apparel, such as these T-shirts:

CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Tee Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique:

CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Tee Shirts

CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Awareness Tee Shirts

Hope Matters 2 CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Hope Matters 2 CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Shirts

Hope Matters 2 CFS Chronic Fatigue Syndrome Shirts

If you or someone you know is living with Chronic Fatigue Syndrome, break out your blue ribbon and show your support for CFS Awareness.

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

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Strokes: Be Aware and Prevent Them!

Did you know that certain factors and behaviors can contribute to strokes?

When a person has a stroke, they rapidly lose brain function because of a lack of blood flow to their brain. This usually happens due to a blocked or burst blood vessel or a blood clot. The lack of blood flow also causes their brain to have a lack of oxygen and glucose, which can lead to the death of brain cells and brain damage. This is the reason why someone who has had a stroke often suffers from a speech impairment or has problems with movement or memory issues.

The severity of a stroke depends on which area of the brain was affected. This means that someone who suffers a small stroke may wind up having minor problems like weakness in one limb, and someone who has had a larger stroke may be paralyzed or unable to speak at all.

Strokes are the third leading cause of death in the United States.  There are certain factors that may contribute to strokes that can be prevented: high blood pressure, high cholesterol, smoking, diabetes, obesity, and use of alcohol are all things that you can try to keep under control.

Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, our strong commitment to stroke awareness and other pertinent causes make up realize how important it is to let the special people in your life know how much you care, and we offer a wide variety of products featuring the red stroke support ribbon:

Strokes Suck Tee Shirts by Awareness Gift Boutique

Strokes Suck Tee Shirts

Strokes Suck Tee Shirts

or the

SCREW Strokes 1 T Shirt by Awareness Gift Boutique

SCREW Strokes 1 T Shirt

SCREW Strokes 1 T Shirt

Show your support for your friend or family member who is recovering from a stroke by wearing one of our exclusive and inspiring stroke awareness products.

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome: A Parent’s Worst Nightmare

I recently traveled to Washington, DC and had the opportunity to visit my brother’s grave at Arlington National Cemetery. He was killed in action in Iraq in 2007 and I carry my grief with me every single day. Time really does help heal wounds, but his death has been taken the hardest by our parents. I became a mother after my brother’s death. I have a new understanding of the horror a parent must feel when losing a child.

Sudden Infant Death Syndrome (SIDS) is the leading cause of death among infants from one month to one year old. Just as the name implies, SIDS is the sudden and unexplained death of an infant. It is incredibly frightening because it often strikes without warning in babies who were seemingly healthy.  SIDS is only diagnosed once all other causes of death have been ruled out.

Despite years of research, there is no single factor that is likely to cause SIDS on its own, but doctors urge parents to place infants under the age of one year on their backs to sleep, instead of on their stomach because most cases of SIDS usually occur while the baby is sleeping. Most SIDS deaths occur in babies between two and four months old, and for some reason SIDS deaths increase during cold weather.

Here at Awareness Gift Boutique, we realize that the death of a child is a heartbreaking tragedy in any case, and a death from SIDS leaves so many questions unanswered. We urge you to show your support for all of the parents and loved ones of babies taken from this world too early from SIDS by wearing one of these SIDS Support shirts.

SIDS Awareness Tee Shirts

SIDS Awareness Tee Shirts

SIDS Awareness Tee Shirts

UNITE BELIEVE CURE SIDS T Shirt

UNITE BELIEVE CURE SIDS T Shirt

UNITE BELIEVE CURE SIDS T Shirt

SIDS I Hold On To Hope Shirt

SIDS I Hold On To Hope Shirt

SIDS I Hold On To Hope Shirt

Awareness Gift Boutique would like to thank you for your support of everyone affected by Sudden Infant Death Syndrome. Be sure to view our other SIDS Awareness products as soon as you can.

The informational content of this blog is intended to convey general educational information and should not be relied upon as a substitute for professional healthcare advice.