Breast cancer sucks. Plain and simple. All families have been effected by this disease in some way if they think about it. My grandmother died of breast cancer in her early fifties, when I was in the second grade. I should have had more time to get to know her. My mom should have had more time with her mom, adult to adult.
I do not have to have a mammogram just yet, but I will in five years. I’m actually looking forward to it. I’ve heard all of the jokes about getting a mammogram. I’ve also heard the complaints. As a general rule I am not intimidated by medical procedures (see RN degree). Since I’m also almost a certified Boobologist, aka Lactation Consultant, breasts and the tests of said subject only give me more experience to share with others.
This October we will see waves of pink everywhere. People will wear pink, participate in walks and raise money for breast cancer research as well as breast cancer services. There is something else you can do that is free and will help with future breast cancer research. Go to ArmyOfWomen.org and sign up to help. I did. It is easy. Just offer your information to a breast cancer research study if you qualify. Not everyone will qualify to be a study participant, but you will be on the list for future studies. The goal is for 1 million women to sign up. Be one in a million!
Watch this video and get motivated.
To honor Breast Cancer Awareness Month I am also giving away an AVON package of crusade socks and foot cream. If you don’t win and still want them the cost of these are only $7.99 and $6.40 goes towards the AVON Breast Cancer Crusade campaign.
I must note here that we have a local AVON distribution center in our area and they have donated $50,000 to Genesis HealthCare Systems (Hubby works there) to go towards a Breast Cancer Nurse Navigator. A nurse navigator is invaluable to those who are diagnosed with this cancer and are trying to find treatment and care. Thanks AVON!
So now you have three things to do:
1) Call your OB-GYN or family doctor if you have not had your yearly breast exam and make an appointment. Now! I ‘m waiting!
2) Sign up at ArmyOfWomen.org and offer your help for Breast Cancer Research.
3) Enter my giveaway! There are three ways to win
* Leave a comment about how breast cancer has effected your life.
* Leave a comment telling me you have signed up at ArmyOfWoman.org
* Tweet or Facebook my post and leave a link/note in the comments.
Giveaway is open from October 1st through October 15th, 2010.
(Disclosure: I am an independent AVON rep and the links above to AVON are to my store. I do not profit from Breast Cancer Fund-raising products.)