Tuesday, October 15, 2013

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

For those of you living under a rock, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to, about 1 in 8 women in the U.S. will develop invasive breast cancer during their lifetime.

The most important thing is to talk to your doctor! If breast cancer runs in your family, he or she might advise you to start getting regular mammograms starting at age 30. The key to beating cancer is early detection. Be sure to so self-exams and have your doctor do a breast exam at your annual Lady Doctor appointment.

Odds {unfortunately} are that you or someone you know will go through breast cancer. One of my friends was recently diagnosed. At first, I didn't know what to do. How could I help her? I knew nothing I said would ease her pain. I felt completely helpless. Why was this happening to her? I had no answers. All I could do was tell her I love her, let her know I would always be there to lean on and listen to her. I hugged her when she cried; I listened to her when she expressed her fears and anxieties about treatment options. Sometimes, all you can do is listen. My friend is a fighter. She is entering into this chapter of her life with such strength, determination, and courage that it humbles me. She is going to kick cancer's ass.

This month especially, be sure to wear a pink ribbon proudly. Support organizations who support breast cancer research. Donate to cancer research. Above all else, check yourself.

1 comment:

  1. This literally brought tears to my eyes! I can't thank you enough for your kind words and support. With friends like you by my side, I know I will win this fight!