Today, October 1, marks the start of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It is also 11 months from when I found my lump which led to the whirlwind of a year I have experienced. I am lucky enough to be on the upside of my journey and even though it is now an embedded part of my life, I unlike so many others have a positive outlook. While I think we need to have everyday awareness of our health, I support the cause for action this October to really put a spotlight on this devastating diseases and what we can all do to eliminate it. Let’s not raise money just for how to treat cancer, let’s find a way to prevent it!
Today #feelitonthefirst = DO A SELF BREAST EXAM! Men and women of all ages shapes and size are at risk, 1 in 8 women will have breast cancer at some point in their life, the earlier it is detected the better the chance of survival. Take the time to conduct a self exam, easily done in the shower, and give yourself a chance. A friend recently shared with me that after following my story she finally went in to get some lumps checked out which she had been putting off for over a year, and while it has been a tough time with many appointments and unknowns, she at least knows she is now being watched and monitored rather than ignoring a potentially fatal problem. This was the goal of my sharing and writing – just to help one person with awareness…now I want to continue to spread this action further.
While I have never been one to ask for help and support, and knowing we all have different passions, I am asking you to join me in this fight. Wear pink with me this month and actively talk about the need for self-care and regular check-ups. We can also fight for a way to end this disease and promote awareness and education. I support the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer – Team Good Better Best– join my team to support those fighting this disease and provide funding for research to treat and end breast cancer. Every dollar counts and the money the ACS has raised through Making Strides has led to the development of a drug that is saving my life. Wear your pink, donate and come walk with me in Nashville on November 3rd. Reach out with any comments or questions, I would love to hear how you raise awareness and your story!!!