This month kicks of Breast Cancer Awareness month. A few post back I talked about taking care of ourselves better. We moms seem to put our needs on the back burner for everyone else. But this month we need to focus on keeping our self healthy.
In 1991, my aunt had breast cancer at the age of 35. My family has always had a positive outlook on everything we concur so it never occurred to me that she wouldn’t survive. She did survive and is still thriving 20 years later.
In 1997, my mother discovered a lump in her breast after having had precancerous cells in the opposite breast a year or so earlier. We knew it was cancer before she even went for the biopsy. We just knew. We had done this once before and we just knew this was different from other lumps she had found. We fought the cancer just like we had done 6 years earlier…just with more advanced treatment options in that short amount of time. She too survived.
For each of their stories there are so many women who didn’t make it. But each day researchers are learning more and more about how to treat this cancer. They are discovering more and more options for after treatment to keep the cancer from coming back.
But…what can we do?
Luckily the Susan G. Komen For The Cure website has great ideas for the month of October.
Get screened. Go to your annual checkups. Perform your monthly breast exams. Make sure you have mammograms at the recommended ages. Join a Race for the Cure. Talk to your girlfriends, your daughters, your sisters, your mother, your mother-in-law, your cousins, all the women in your life about taking care of themselves. Donate towards research for the cure.
Take care of yourself. Remember we only have this life. Let’s make the most out of it…and don’t cut it short! Just think of what these two beautiful women would have missed if they had not been diligent in their health care.