awareness: mesothelioma.

You may not know this, but today, September 26th, is Mesothelioma Awareness Day. I didn’t know it, until Emily Walsh, the Community Outreach Director for the Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance, emailed me and told me so. Emily also informed me that US veterans are at the greatest risk of contracting mesothelioma. 

For many years, asbestos was used across all branches of the military. Many veterans and shipyard workers were exposed to high levels of asbestos from several different applications. US Navy veterans who served during World War II and the Korean Conflict unfortunately have the highest incidences of asbestos related disease, including mesothelioma.”

Know what this reminds me of? The burn pits full of garbage, human waste and who knows what else that my husband exposed to while deployed to Iraq. Know what else it reminds me of? That asbestos waiver we signed when we moved into on-post housing at Fort Benning. You can’t see me, but I’m shaking my head right now.

Do me a favor. Take a few minutes, like I did, and read Emily’s article…

8 Things You Should Know About Mesothelioma
8 Things You Should Know About Mesothelioma

Knowledge is power.

awareness: CFD.

After publishing my last post, my friend Shelby, who is studying to be a PA, sent me a message. She was worried about me. The gist of it was that she thinks I might have CFD. At first I thought, “Who is she to tell me I have CFD? She’s not even a PA yet!” But after watching the below PSA, I realized I couldn’t deny it. She was absolutely right. Somebody get that girl her degree, stat!

My name is Allison Wilhelm and I have CFD. I’m not ashamed to say it. In fact, I’m proud to have Compulsive Fall Disorder.

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I have over 2,100 photos on my iPhone. This is insane in the membrane, I know. Probably 1,800 of them are of Madeline, 150 of them are of the dogs and 150 of them are of food and/or crafts I’ve made. The last time I backed up these photos was more than nine months ago. My Mac has all but bit the dust, and I don’t want to put them onto Andy’s computer. I also am too thrifty to buy more space in the cloud, since we already pay for online storage with Google.

When I got my iPhone 5, it literally took ALL DAY to transfer my photos to the new phone, since I had not backed them up and could not lose them. All day, folks. We sat in Best Buy for more than six hours. By the time we got home, it was Madeline’s bedtime.
For the last few months, every time I’ve wanted to take a picture, I’ve had to delete a few bad/blurry/unimportant shots to make room for the new. I am perpetually out of storage and usually S out of luck when it comes to capturing a “moment.” I am a ridiculous person, and I know this. But I have been too lazy to come up with a solution to this problem. Until now.
While in NY, my sister discovered my dirty little secret and clued me into the Dropbox App. Using the Dropbox App, you sync up your phone over wi-fi and it uploads all of your photos to the Dropbox cloud. You then install Dropbox onto your home computers or log in to their website, making it super easy to access all of the synced data any time, any place (read: I no longer email myself photos from my phone, download them to our computer’s desktop and upload them to my posts). Best of all, it’s FREE.
What are you waiting for? Check it out and start using Dropbox now:
*Dropbox has not compensated me in any way for this post. However, if you clink on my link to download Dropbox, I can earn up to 16G of storage! I think you know I’m gonna need this, so thanks!