MERRY CHRISTMAS, FROM ASH !!

I just wanna say Merry Christmas to you all, my lovely readers.

Thank you so much for the love shown on my Blogmas posts too. The feedback was so awesome, you guys!!!

Don’t forget that Christmas is a time of sharing and spreading love. Most times, the most precious gift you can give anyone is spending time with them.

I hope you all have amazing holiday moments with the ones you love the most. May your Christmas be decorated with cheer and filled with love. Have a wonderful holiday!

MERRY CHRISTMAS!!!

 

Breast Cancer Awareness|| 5 FAQs about breast cancer.

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Hi guys!

As you may or may not have known, October is breast cancer awareness month, and one very important thing you can do to honor breast cancer awareness month is to spread the word.

So to do my part, I decided to share some facts and frequently asked questions about breast cancer. Grab a cup of tea and read on 🙂

1 WHAT IS BREAST CANCER?

Breast cancer is a disease in which malignant cells form in the tissues of the breast.

Malignant : tending to invade normal tissue or to recur after removal; cancerous.

2. WHAT ARE THE SYMPTOMS?

Breast cancer often has no symptoms, but you may notice something you want the doctor to check. Keep an eye out for:

  • A painless lump in the breast
  • Changes in breast size or shape
  • Swelling in the armpit
  • Nipple changes or discharge

But even if you have one or more of these signs, it still doesn’t mean you have breast cancer. Remember that most breast lumps turn out to be benign (not cancerous).Still, it’s extremely important that you SEE YOUR DOCTOR RIGHT AWAY if you’re worried that you might have breast cancer.

3. HOW OLD CAN YOU BE TO GET BREAST CANCER?

Younger women usually don’t think about getting breast cancer. After all, under 7% of all breast cancer cases happen in women under 40 (U.S.). But it can happen at any age, and it’s important to be aware of your risk factors, regardless of your age.

4. CAN MEN GET BREAST CANCER TOO?think_pink_for_breast_cancer_by_se6felicia-d5mb9gi

Though breast cancer is most commonly thought of as a woman’s disease, male breast cancer does occur.

Male breast cancer is most common in older men, though it can occur at any age. The risk factors include

  • Radiation exposure
  • High levels of the hormone estrogen
  • Family history of breast cancer

 

5.WHY DO PEOPLE WEAR PINK FOR BREAST CANCER? breast-cancer-pink-ribbon-810x537

The pink ribbon represents fear of breast cancer, hope for the future, and the charitable goodness of people and businesses who publicly support the breast cancer movement. It is intended to evoke solidarity with women who currently have breast cancer. Breast cancer organizations use the pink ribbon to associate themselves with breast cancer, to promote breast cancer awareness, and to support fundraising.

“The profile on pink is playful, life-affirming. We have studies as to its calming effect, its quieting effect, its lessening of stress. [Pastel pink] is a shade known to be health-giving; that’s why we have expressions like ‘in the pink.’ You can’t say a bad thing about it.” Pink is, in other words, everything cancer notably is not. – Magaret Welch

 

Chances are, you or someone you know has been affected by breast cancer. Whether it’s yourself, someone in your family, or a friend, breast cancer is becoming all too common. There are so many ways to honor breast cancer awareness month. From spreading the word, to adopting early detection techniques, taking care of yourself, and knowing your body. These are crucial to winning the fight against breast cancer!

Thank you for reading.

Much love, Ash. xx


Sources : http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org , http://www.webmd.com, my textbooks 😀

Images are from various google search outlets.

 

 

 

LET’S DISCUSS : INTER-TRIBAL MARRIAGES IN NIGERIA-MINDSET AND FEARS. 

If you’re Nigerian, you’ve probably had an experience, or you know someone who says he/she can’t marry outside his/her tribe because of certain differences. And when you ask, they’ll say that the other tribes usually have something ‘bad’ about them.

People seem to have assorted beliefs about certain areas or tribes e.g People from Ijebu Ode in Ogun State known as misers or stingy people. People from Mbaise in Imo state known for being cunny and people from Benin as wicked.

Parents play a major role in this too,they tend to transfer their beliefs and fears about certain tribes and ethnic groups to their children.

While it  has become increasingly common for people to marry outside their tribes, it isn’t a preferable option for traditionalists. I was once told by someone whom I would describe as a devoted traditionalist, that instead of marrying a man from my country but of a different tribe, it would be far more acceptable to marry a man from an entirely different country altogether. Inter-tribal conflicts, stereotypes and history can make it hard for some inter-tribal relationships to enjoy immunity from judgment. The idea of someone marrying outside their tribe leaves some people feeling that their customs, values and traditions are being betrayed, that should a woman date or marry a man from a different tribe it gives superiority to that man’s tribe, an affirmation that her own tribe wasn’t good enough. If a man marries a woman outside of his tribe, it’s because he thinks his ‘own’ women are not beautiful enough. People feel betrayed, which is interesting because while everyone else is feeling betrayed, no one considers the sense of betrayal those in the relationship must be feeling. In this respect, when discussing inter-tribal relationships and the stigma and stereotypes that comes with them, Africans can come out sounding a bit backward, but our tribes are part of our heritage; they are important. A lot of Africans value their sense of tribal belonging as much as they do nationality or religion. Of course the degree to which this is so varies from one person to the next, but “tradition” has a way of surprising even the most “modern” of Africans.

(http://archived.thisisafrica.me/opinion/detail/19497/the-taboo-of-inter-tribal-relationships-in-africa)

The cons of dating/marrying someone from a different tribe are indisputable though-the language barrier between both families,the question of which language the children would learn (which usually ends up being the mother’s language because she spends time with the children more and is bound to teach them her language more than the father’s own), differences in cuisines and possible difficulty adapting to what is accepted as norms of the culture. We have so many things to put in consideration, but the pros outweigh the cons. 

We can overcome, can’t we?
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Question: Would you end a healthy, happy relationship because your parents are in disagreement over where your partner comes from? What are your thoughts on this subject in general?


Get To Know Me || 20 things you probably already knew about Ash

Hi everyone!

I hope y’all are having a wonderful day!

I’m happy to say that after so many years of random blogging and unscheduled posts, I am back in full force!

So in light of this, I decided to make an introductory post where my readers can get to know me a bit. I see this done on YouTube a lot so I decided to give it a shot on here. I hope you enjoy!

So, here, let’s get right to it ^_^

  1. My name is Ashley- most people call me “Ash”. 

  2. My Zodiac sign is Taurus. 27 April baybeeeeee

  3. I’m the first born out of five children.

  4. I’m 5ft 2″ (very tall, mind you 😀 ) 

  5. I’m a food lover,cooking and eating! –I guess that’s why I’m not losing any weight (lol) 

  6. I try to have a bottle of water in my bag, wherever I go- Yes, water is life. Lol. 

  7. I recently joined the ‘natural hair gang’ and I’ve been loving it! –despite being too lazy to take good care of it. 

  8. 5 years ago I thought I’d be married at maybe age 22 – now let’s add like 5 more, shall we? 

9. Every day I have at least 3 new ideas buzzing through my head.

  1. I’m slowly getting over my obsession with Zayn Malik – until I wake up tomorrow and see that it’s going no where-lol! 
  2.  I like to think I’m  a hopeless romantic- but I suck at showing emotions 😦

  3.  The closest people to me are my siblings.

  4. . I have the worst makeup skills- been striving for the perfect eyebrow for three years now 😦 

  5. I’m the worst when it comes to keeping in touch- I’m so grateful to those who still try with me, stick with me my loves! 

  6. I can’t decide a favorite color.

  7. I love looking at pictures of beautiful girls, and handsome boys –hence my love for Tumblr/Instagram  :p 

  8. I don’t think I have a dressing style, anything goes- as long as it’s comfortable.

  9.  I’ve always dreamt of being an air hostess or a hand model – sssh don’t tell my parents. 

  10. I’m almost a doctor. smiley face 

  11. I listened to  Sunday Candy throughout the time I was writing this post :p

 

So there you have it! 20 random facts about me….did any one come as a surprise? Leave a comment below 😀

Much love!

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