As well, October is National Healthy Lung Month which is sponsored by the American Lung Association. The goal is to increase awareness of steps we can take to maintain healthy lungs.
Our lungs are amazing organs! They are affected by anything we breathe in and although our body has a defense system in place designed to protect our lungs, there are things we can do to reduce our risk of lung disease:
1. Don't smoke! Cigarette smoking is a major cause of COPD, lung cancer and it destroys lung tissue.
2. Avoid exposure to pollutants that can damage your lungs such as secondhand smoke, outdoor air pollution and chemicals/bad air in both the home and at work.
3. You can prevent infections simply by washing your hands, getting a flu vaccine and brushing your teeth.
Flight of Life Butterfly Transplant Awareness Necklace (NA104)
$98.75Unfortunately, for some, even taking these preventative measures cannot save their lungs. For example, those with Cystic Fibrosis were born with the lung disease. No matter what precautions they take their lungs will eventually deteriorate to the point that they will need a lung transplant. That doesn't mean they shouldn't still take these precautions because they should still do anything they can to protect their lungs, for as long as they can.
So, for me, Healthy Lung Month and Transplant go hand in hand. Which is why I created the Flight of Life Butterfly Transplant Awareness Necklace (NA104)! Not only does it raise awareness of healthy lungs, it represents the importance of organ donation and giving the Gift of Life.
This inspiring handmade beaded necklace was designed for all those who are organ donors, transplant recipients and lung transplant survivors. The 17-1/2" necklace features a beautiful sterling silver 30.15mm butterfly pendant (symbolizing life) with a full beaded strand of gorgeous green marble seraphinite gemstones, white Swarovski Pearls (hope) and sterling silver beads. Not only is green the nationally recognized ribbon color for Organ Donation and Transplant, it's also the awareness color for Healthy Lung Month!
Did you know? It has been said when lungs are transplanted and take their first breath, it's like a butterfly opening its' wings. A beautiful symbol for what can only be described as a beautiful -life saving -event. That is why the Butterfly is a Symbol of Lung Transplant.
Looking for more handmade Butterfly Awareness products? Check out Bronson Hill Arts handcrafted Flights of Life Butterfly Notecards, in support of Lungs for Life.