Monday, October 1, 2012

Circle of Moms Blogger SoundOff

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Circle of Moms is starting a Blogger SoundOff this month.  Basically, each month they will be announcing a theme and then gathering and featuring posts related to that theme in a special section on Circle of Moms.  Very cool, and I'm happy to be a part of it!
 
This month's theme, if you hadn't guessed already, is breast cancer awareness.  This theme is very near and dear to my heart because breast cancer runs very heavily in my family.  In fact, my breast cancer risk is well over 50%, and those are not odds I particularly care for.
 
I have an aunt who has a very rare form of breast cancer called Paget's.  My mom has had at least 3 non-cancerous masses removed/drained (at least one of which was pre-cancerous, AKA there were "suspicious cells" that warranted keeping an eye on, and they still keep a close eye on her) from her breasts in the last few years.  I have other aunts and female relatives who have had breast cancer as well.  As you can see, breast cancer is not something I can brush aside as someone else's problem to worry about.  I have to be aware, I have to do my breast exams at home and through my doctor's office and in a year's time I have to have my first ever mammogram.  Fun times, but a girl's gotta do what a girl's gotta do. :)
 
For those of you who want more information on how to do a proper self-exam and more information on what breast cancer looks like, check out Worldwide Breast Cancer.  It's got some fantastic information on it!  Well worth the visit!
 
If you're looking for a free badge to help promote awareness, check out chickabug.com.  There are a lot of wonderful options there!
 
If you want even more information, check out NBCAM.org.  There's lots of websites listed where you can go for more information or make a donation, and there's information on where to get low cost screenings.
 
I encourage you, all of you, be you male or female, to help raise the awareness of breast cancer.  It is a silent killer, but if you know what to look for, we can find it early and save lives.  Let's help kick breast cancer to the curb by getting those exams and finding those masses early!  Early detection saves lives.  I know because it's already saved my mother's life.  Who knows how things would've gone with any of those masses had she ignored them.  I'm so very glad she didn't!  And, who knows?  Maybe one day early detection will save my life or the life of my daughter.  That, in and of itself, makes me want to wear pink every day of the year!
 
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To view Circle of Moms' Blogger SoundOff "Moms on Breast Cancer" which includes this post, please click here.

2 comments:

  1. Found your link through SITS! Thank you for posting about breast cancer awareness! I'm a breast cancer survivor, and appreciate you spreading the word! Since you are in the high risk category, you are the perfect person to help breast cancer research! Have you heard of Dr. Love? Her research foundation is holding this study, and it would be great if you could participate! Here's a link for more information:
    https://www.healthofwomenstudy.org/

    Thanks again for your post!

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    1. Thanks for finding me! :)

      I'm glad to spread the word, and I will definitely check out the link! Thanks for sharing.

      Congratulation on your breast cancer survival. I can't even imagine what an emotional ride that must have been and perhaps still is sometimes. It is my hope that with even more awareness, we can get even more women just like you in the survivor catergory!

      Thanks for taking the time to comment, and have a great day.

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