Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, I have a few things to share. I don’t want to get too preachy, so I will keep this short and sweet.
- Love your tatas and exam them at least once a month to check for lumps and abnormalities. Combine that with annual mammograms if you are 40 and over. This way if an issue is found, you will be on top of it.
- I’ve had two friends fight breast cancer, and thank the gods, they beat it to live just as well if not better than they lived previously. The one thing I noticed by spending time with them is that they REALLY did their research and looked into all their options. This was extremely empowering and put them in control, and I truly believe that was one of the best things they could have done for their spirits and mental well-being. They did not let anyone force them to do anything they didn’t want to do. They were in charge. They called the shots.
- Don’t fall for the big PINK consumerism flag so many companies wave this time of year. Rather than buying a pink toaster, paper shredder or broom, do some research and donate your money to a worthy organization. You’ll feel better and know your funds are going where they need to.
As I get off my soapbox, I will leave you with this slide-show of a woman’s journey with breast cancer treatment for a year. It’s a good dose of reality and we need that every so often.
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