Where are you currently heading?Written by Jo Ball
Do you know where your current path is taking you?
Education, religious upbringing, core family beliefs and friend’s values have been shaping your life up to now. You’re busy with life, work, partner, kids and socials and have little or no time to stop and think about where you’re life is heading. In fact sometimes you hear a tiny voice in your head say, ‘I think I’m losing my identity.’
Ninety-four percent of people don’t know where they’re heading. Little wonder then that life seems to go around and around in circles. And unless you take time out it won’t get any better. Twenty years from now you’ll still be working like a dog works when it’s chasing its tail. And that tiny voice… well if you can still hear, it will be saying, ‘I’ve well and truly lost my identity!’
And what is your identity? I say your identity is who you really are, not your job, or your exam results, or your religious persuasion or your family name or your bank balance or how much you do to care for your dependants. No, you’re identity is something else…
You we’re born into this world with a unique gift and a distinctive way of expressing it, problem is, with so many other influences on you in your youth and adulthood you’ve forgotten what those things are. Now you’re programmed and running a set pattern of behaviour in what I’d call ‘The Existence Mode.’
Your sense of identity in fact has most probably helped form a person who you are not and maybe even don’t like too much (grumpy, often tired, overweight, apathetic…) rather than who you really are. But changing it, after years of shaping you into this person you are now, seems like a task, way, way too massive to even contemplate.
Understanding Your Breasts: A Health Guide for All WomenWritten by Larry Denton
A woman's breast is a gland that produces milk in late pregnancy and after childbirth. Each breast is made of lobes which are groups of milk glands called lobules. Lobules are arranged around thin tubes called ducts which carry milk to nipple. These lobules and ducts make up what is referred to as glandular tissue.
Breasts also contain lymph vessels which carry a clear fluid called lymph. The lymph vessels lead to small, round organs called lymph nodes. Group of lymph nodes are found near breast in underarm, above collarbone, in chest behind breastbone, and in many other parts of body. The lymph nodes trap bacteria, cancer cells, or other harmful substances that may be in lymphatic system. Their job is to make sure harmful substances are safely and quickly removed from body.
As with any gland or organ with human body, some imperfections are likely to occur. Perhaps you feel that your breasts are too small or too large. Maybe you have questions about breast feeding or breast cancer.
You might notice different kinds of breast changes at different times of your life. Breast changes occur in almost all women, and most of these changes are NOT cancer. Many of changes are caused by your hormone levels and are a normal part of aging process. Younger women may have more glandular (more dense, less fatty) breast tissue than older women who have stopped having their period (menopause). This kind of tissue is where breast changes usually occur.
Most women have swelling, tenderness, and pain in their breasts before and sometimes during their periods. You may also feel one or more lumps during this time because of extra fluid that has collected in your breasts. The lumpiness and pain usually go away by end of your period.
During pregnancy, your breasts may feel lumpy, since glands which produce milk increase in number and get larger. While breast feeding, you may get an infection called mastitis which happens when a milk duct becomes blocked. Mastitis causes breast to look red and feel lumpy, warm and tender. Mastitis is often treated with antibiotics, but sometimes duct may need to be drained.