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Tuesday, October 18, 2011

Wednesday Wellness - Breast Cancer Awareness 2011

Hey - Did you know its Breast Cancer Awareness Month? 

How could we possibly NOT know?  Pink lights on the capital, pink grocery bags, pink football uniforms...pink, pink, pink!  But maybe some of us need to be beat over the head - maybe it will prompt those of us who neglect to do monthly breast exams, and postpone our mammograms to be more proactive. 

One in eight women will have breast cancer in her lifetime.  And sure enough, last week I learned of another friend who is a breast cancer survivor - and she had her treatment about the same time her stepmom was having a double mastectomy and aggressive follow up care.  

So I'm making another batch of origami bags in this year's pink ribbon fabric.  The bag at left was made last year. I'll be making 8 bags.  Some will go to a church craft fair, some will go to a fundraiser at work and some will be tucked away for family or friends impacted by breast cancer in the coming year.  I hope I won't need as many this year as I did last year.  To make that happen, we need to know the facts:

http://www.cdc.gov/cancer/breast/pdf/BreastCancerFS_2010.pdf

I'd like to point out this is not just a women's issue.  Men can also get breast cancer, and they are most certainly impacted when breast cancer strikes a wife, partner, mother, sister, daughter or friend.  We really must spread the word to anyone who will listen.

I'll be tucking a copy of the CDC fact sheet in each of the bags.  According to the CDC, I need to make some lifestyle changes.  I hope you'll join me!

2 comments:

mainer said...

Good for you! I scheduled my mammogram just today. I am a 2X survivor only because of early detection. This is not a death sentence anymore.

jonhebert said...

That is so well done that you mention Breast Cancer Awareness month, and good that mainer also had her exam. It is not a death sentence anymore and I agree! and it can be fun: ! I am just stopping by with a reminder to do your self breast exam.
Here's a fun place to start! Everybody loves boob lube! http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=9p8pIHy2GRI