As you probably already know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. The entire month is seen with an extra dose of pink as companies release special Breast Cancer Awareness products to help raise money and awareness for this disease.
While I don’t have any personal experience with breast cancer (although both of my grandmothers died of other cancers), I do know people whose lives have been affected by those scary words. Cancer is a word that can strike fear into anybody. No one is exempt. While there are things you can do to help your chances, at the end of the day, there’s no guarantee that you won’t be cancer’s next victim. A little dark for my blog? Yeah, but I’m real with you guys, you know that.
My brand is all about lifestyle and health, and I want to stress the importance of doing all you can to be your best and healthiest self. Part of that is going to all of your regular medical check-ups to make sure everything is okay. No one likes getting blood drawn or the all too personal exam you get every time you go see your gyno, but they are essential steps in ensuring your optimum health. What if something is wrong that you don’t see? Catching it early is the best way to ensure you will be able to recover and continue living your best life.
Mammograms are also part of this health screening thing. I have a friend who went for a mammogram and it forever changed (and saved) her life.
I wanted to take a second to share Sam’s story because while I don’t have any experience with breast cancer, she has a lot of experience with it. When she went in for her routine mammogram (and thank goodness she did!), she didn’t expect to walk out of there with a cancer diagnosis, but life had other plans for her. She decided to document her journey through breast cancer, and her blog is filled with insight into the mind of a cancer patient. As I’ve been reading through her posts, I’m emotionally touched by every word because while it isn’t me, I know that there is always the possibility that it could be, and that is terrifying.
With posts ranging from her personal diagnosis with breast cancer to informational posts about what every breast cancer survivor wishes you knew, Sam’s blog is something all women (and men) should see. Whether a friend or family member has dealt with breast cancer, you’ve had it yourself, or you have had no experience with it and just want to understand a bit more, head over to Sam’s blog and educate yourself. Then, if you’re behind on scheduling your latest doctor’s appointment or mammogram, pick up the phone and get that done too.
While you can’t do anything to guarantee you will never become a cancer patient, make sure you’re taking every step possible to give yourself the best chance so you can lead your healthiest, best life.