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From Being Injured to Becoming A Physical Fitness Instructor, Razz Sharpless Defies all Odds

In this week’s partner spotlight, we are acknowledging a driven individual who conquered her fitness goal, after a horrific injury. In 2014, Razz Sharpless experienced a devastating fall that caused her to break her tibia and fibula, shatter her ankle, and tear most of the tendons in that area. For eight months, she needed assistance to complete everyday tasks. Through hard work and physical therapy, she was able to regain her strength.  After experiencing her traumatic fall, Razz decided to attend different fitness classes to continue with her wellness journey. However, her previous injuries prevented her from performing the way she wanted to in class. Though she was embarrassed by her limitations, Sharpless was still feeling motivated to put her health and physical fitness at the forefront....

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The Inspirational Breast Cancer Survival Story of Jill Sturge

Breast Cancer death rates are falling due to advancements in medical treatments and early detection.  However black are still 40% more likely to die from this disease than any other racial or ethnic group.  This is because of the racial disparity in the healthcare resources available in the areas where many black women reside. According to the  CDC the District of Columbia leading the nation in both breast cancer incidence rates (153.1 per 100,000 vs. the U.S. average of 122.0) and breast cancer mortality rates (26.3 per 100,000 vs. the U.S. average of 21.5). Black Girl Health Black Girl Health Foundation are dedicated to raising awareness of signs of Breast Cancer, the importance self examination, and sharing the inspirational stories of survivors. The...

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Understanding the Stages of Breast Cancer

This week the organization will be discussing different stages of breast cancer and differential diagnosis. Staging is a process used to find out whether breast cancer has spread to other parts of the body. When cancer starts to spread through different parts of the body it is called metastasis. There are three main ways cancer can spread throughout the body. Cancer can spread through the tissue, the lymph system, and the blood. These three different tissues are all in an internetworking system, where malignant cells can transfer genetic material (DNA) to other cells of different organs & organ systems composed of different tissues. Cancer cells can break away from where they began (the primary tumor) and travel through these two systems called the lymph system...

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The In’s & Outs of Breast Cancer and, the General Statistics you Should Know

October has finally arrived! Black Girl Health Foundation is excited to partner with Genentech kick-off our I’m A Survivor campaign.  This month we are introducing a series of articles about breast cancer to bring awareness to our community. The BGH community is excited to share our first article of the month, The In’s & Outs of Breast Cancer and, the General Statistics you Should Know. There are many common questions and concerns women have about breast cancer. This article will address the majority of those questions regarding breast cancer. What is breast cancer, and where is the tumor located? Cancer is a disease where cells of a particular organ develop abnormal cells that multiply uncontrollably to form a malignant tumor. Malignant cells are cancerous cells, and...

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Dr. Melanye Maclin: A revolutionary Dermatologist Who Changed How The Industry Treats Black Skin

The BGH community is proud to announce a new partner we can spotlight every week, and this week we are taking time to celebrate our newest partner. Dermatologist Melanye Maclin, M.D., aka “Dr Mac” founded Innovative Hair Technology, Inc. in September 1999 based in Maryland. She created the research and product development company through determination based on her early childhood medical interest in hair and skin. Dr. Maclin’s initial efforts were towards the research of natural nutrients for hair and skin. It began with branding the natural hair supplement, Viviscal via national multi-media endorsement and distribution until 2003. Dr. Maclin then went on to successfully develop more effective advanced all-natural hair and skin supplements, ‘BellaNutri®’ for Women (2004) and ‘BeauNutri®’ for Men (2008). These products...

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Self Love Through Love Languages

Love Languages are used to describe how we as individuals desire to be loved and how to give love. “The 5 Love Languages” by Gary Chapman describes the concepts of love languages. Chapman’s concept of love is broken down into five categories: words of affirmation, acts of service, receiving gifts, quality time, and physical touch. Knowing your love language can not only help you feel more loved in your relationship but it is also the first step to self love. Find your love language here.   1. Words of Affirmation: Vocalize Self Love Practice daily affirmations. Journaling your progress. Try speaking only positively when referring to yourself. 2. Acts of Service: Practice Self-Love Prepare your favorite meal. Groom yourself, try a new hairstyle! Get your To-Do list done. 3. Receiving...

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Three Healing Black Poets You Need to Read

Poetry is a genre of writing in which vivid, and raw language is given to ideas and feelings. Poetry is considered an healing form of writing, in several African and Eastern cultures poetry, and storytelling is used to confront feelings and express emotion. Poetry can be used to heal and face anxiety and trauma, during these uncertain times, we as a community need to heal more than ever so we at Black Girl Health Foundation have compiled three black female poets who can assist in the process of healing, self love, and growth. Nayyirah Waheed Nayyirah Waheed is a poet and author who has published two books of poetry and has been considered “the most famous poet on instagram” What’s poetry has been described as life saving,...

The Affects of Depression in Women

The importance of this week’s mental health topic is acknowledging the different types of depression and how it can affect women differently. Depression is a commonly associated mood disorder. Relatively, women have higher rates of depression than men, and this could result in three main factors that include biological, hormonal, and social. There has been an influx of research on medications and medical conditions that could contribute to depression. Many people associate the feeling of depression as constantly being sad, but that’s only a small portion. Other symptoms could be physical, emotional, and mental issues. Some of the most common physical symptoms are aches or pains, headaches, cramps, or digestive problems. As women, we go through different changes and phases throughout our lives, which can...

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How Tech Can Maintain Your Health During COVID-19

Coronavirus is changing how we approach our day-to-day. We are no longer working or living the same way, and this can have a serious impact on our overall health. Although this is a difficult time for many, it’s important to try to maintain some normalcy.  If you’re struggling to adjust, here are some ways technology can help you maintain your health! Start Your Fitness Journey While spending countless hours at home, you might start to notice that you have become glued to your television more than usual. Although, there is no harm in taking some time to relax, being confined to your couch can be damaging your health. Minimal physical activity can have a negative impact on not only your physical health but your mental health. It can...

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Tyra Gardner: An Influential Psychotherapist & CEO, that’s Improving the Lives of Others One Client at a Time

Every Wednesday, the BGH community is proud to announce a new partner we can spotlight every week, and this week we are taking time to celebrate our newest partner Tyra S. Gardner. Gardner is an influential Psychotherapist and CEO of her clinic called At A Moments Notice, LLC. She provides a multitude of services that include clinical-based practices, where she delivers cognitive behavioral therapy. The evidence-based treatments at her facility coincide with the best therapies for adults. These practices help with adjustment problems like anger management, anxiety, stress, depression, and relationship issues. Gardner also provides business coaching for individuals who want to create and build their businesses. Not only are therapy services provided at the center, but clients can sign-up for monthly subscriptions to receive...

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