As October rolls around, brands, bloggers, news shows, and most of the world start to point their attention to the color pink. October is breast cancer awareness month, so it only makes sense.
Cancer in general has hit so many people that I know and love. Breast cancer has done the same. As I wrote in the past, my Aunt S is a breast cancer survivor. She was diagnosed just over eight years ago, just before NHL was born.
This coming year, I will likely have my first mammogram. When I left my annual visit with my gynecologist in the spring, she gave me homework. She wanted to know exactly when my great-grandmother was diagnosed with her cancer. I knew she was very young when she passed away, but when I found out how young, the realization hit hard. My Mimi’s mother was diagnosed when she was 32 and passed away by the age I am going to turn in December. With this information in hand, I am sure I will be getting more screenings this year.
Am I scared about having a mammogram? No, I know it may not be comfortable – but the amniocentesis and labor that I have experienced are likely worse. Two years ago, Robyn vlogged about her experience with a first mammogram. I love that she did this and shared her feelings along the way. If you have never watched this, I highly recommend it. Thanks to Robyn, I hope to document some of my experiences in the coming months.
My friend Debra, A Frugal Friend, lost her mother to breast cancer six years ago. For the third year in a row, she will be having a breast cancer awareness event on her blog in honor of her beautiful mother’s memory. Debra shares breast cancer news, personal stories, and some giveaways from companies that support breast cancer research.
So my question to you this week:
How do you help causes like breast cancer awareness and others that are important to your family?
To all those who are survivors, have lost a friend or loved one to breast cancer - hugs to you. Remember, early detection saves lives, so please remind both men and women to do monthly exams. Yes, men also get breast cancer.
P.S. Do not forget to stop by my two current giveaways running right now. You can find them here and here.
Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the linky there if you are participating.
Thank you sweet friend!!! So glad you will get screened starting this year :)
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I remind all the women I see to get checked.
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I go for the dreaded mammogram every year. I will spend extra money for products that are supporting Breast Cancer Awareness. ;D
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I share literature with friends and family.
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I also try to buy specially marked packages when I can.
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I have friends who are survivors, so I participate in walks, make sure I buy specially marked packages, and make donations when I can. :)
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I haven’t gone for a mamogram yet.. but I do make donations for the cause and inform my older friends of the need to get regular checks.
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My daughter and I will be participating in a walk for breast cancer later this month. My cousin (a 34 yr. old mom of two little ones) has been battling breast cancer over the past year. Her prognosis is very good and her strength and positive attitude have amazed me. The walk we are doing is in honor of her. There’s a whole team of her family and friends walking and raising money.
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I love that they have such a great campaign for Breast Cancer. I wish saw childhood cancers up there and out there like this though.
I support Breast Cancer awareness by purchasing, spreading awareness, taking part in activities etc.
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My family participate in walks and buy products that give a percent of the sale to the cause.
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We have donated money, and participated in events.
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I’m eating my yogurt right now so that I can collect my pink lid.
Have a great Friday.
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Funny you should ask! I just did the 5K Race for the Cure fun last Saturday and tomorrow I’m doing the Barbells for Boobs! Bring it. lol
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As mom and Girl Scout leader, I’ve had a chance to work with you groups to take on amazing take action projects. As an individual, I’m still figuring out how to integrate my skills and strengths to effect meaningful change.
But I suck in day-to-day life. As much as I have worked to promote breast cancer awareness, I can’t seem to get it together to a) see a gynecologist for a visit (my last one took place shortly after my youngest was born. b) get a mammogram. At 46 yo, I’m way overdue.
So, I’m outing myself in hopes that this will finally force me to make much needed health appointments.
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I have a few survivor friends that participate in the Susan B Komen walk. I support them through the event.
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