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It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month!!

It’s that time of year again where pink is all around…people are walking, running, biking and collecting money to save lives and find a cure. The truth is, however, we should be striving to find a cure each and every day.  It should be a never-ending fight. And, for some people who have been affected by this, it is. While the government threatens a shut down and households find their budgets getting tighter and tighter – there are people out there trying to figure out how to tell their family and friends the news of their diagnosis or how to pay the overwhelming medical bills associated with it.

I have a family history of breast cancer so it’s always something that is in the back of my mind. My grandmother (father’s mom) was diagnosed with breast cancer over 35 years ago and had one breast removed. We did not have the technology and medical care then that we do now, and it makes me proud that my grandmother is a fighter and a survivor. My dad’s sister was diagnosed about a year ago…further adding to my concern for my future.

In January 2007 I had a little scare that required a stereo-tactic biopsy – one of the worst experiences! I had a complete panic attack and they were only able to biopsy 1 area instead of the 3 that were planned.  Future mammograms have been “all clear.”

Breast Biopsy

These pictures represent the “after” of my biopsy. As much as I hated it, and as painful as that bruise was at the time…it was well worth it to get a clear report!  Do yourself and your family a favor and be sure to perform monthly self breast exams and get regular check-ups at the doctors. And never ignore something you are unsure of.

This year, in honor of my grandmother as well as my good friend Kim and many others who have in any way been affected by breast cancer I am selling Breast Cancer Awareness bracelets from Pura Vida. I hope to raise awareness and money for a cause that is very near and dear to my heart!  Please join me in helping out.

While Breast Cancer Awareness month is a very important topic and most people are very aware of it year after year – there is another important topic a lot of people are unaware of with regard to October. Did you know that it’s also National Sensory Awareness Month?  I have learned a lot about this subject over the past few months because a good friend of mine has a daughter who suffers from Sensory Processing Disorder. If you would like to learn more about, please stop by Sabrina’s blog and read more about National Sensory Awareness Month.  There are a lot of people who ignore the symptoms and think that their children (or other’s children) are just misbehaving. With the correct diagnosis it can mean a world of difference for these children.

Thanks for stopping by today! I hope you will consider making a difference in someone’s life this month. Please leave your comments to let me know your survivor stories or loving notes in memory of someone special in your life!


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