1 in 8.
1 in 8 women are diagnosed with Breast Cancer
It could be your Mom, your Aunt, your neighbor, a family friend, your daughter. It could be the anyone.
For me it was a family friend, my Oma and almost my Aunt.
When I was in high school I babysat for three little boys the oldest at the time was my brother’s age (around 10) they were the sweetest little boys and their parents were so nice. I always had a great time babysitting for them.
We knew the family through church and it was common knowledge that she had battled breast cancer in the past but we thought that’s exactly were it was. The past. When I was a Sophomore in college my mother called me to let me know that not only was it back but that it didn’t look good this was around Halloween six years ago. In December my Mom called to tell me that she didn’t make it. I went home for the wake and the funeral and it was absolutely devastating to see her husband and three little boys missing their Mom.
Another time during my college years I was home from Summer vacation when my cousin slipped and told us that our Oma had been diagnosed with Breast Cancer she didn’t want to tell us because she didn’t want us to worry but I was very upset. Not only because I would have liked to have known so that I could be there for her but also because as my grandmother it effects my health too that she was diagnosed with Breast Cancer.
After I had Mason my Aunt on my Mom’s side discovered a lump in her breast. She went and got everything checked out and it turned out that she didn’t have breast cancer but it still scared her and all of us. It hit us all very close to home. My Aunt is young, she’s active, if she can have a scare, what about my Mom who’s a little older? Or their younger sister? Or my sisters and I?
When I found out about my Oma’s scare and later my Aunt’s it prompted me to see how at risk I was. From what I read at the time my paternal side’s history didn’t matter as much as my maternal sides history however more research still needs to be done.
Even so I’m aware that my risk can be higher than the average woman. As I get older I know that I need to make sure that I’m checking myself monthly. I’ve been pregnant or breastfeeding for the last three years and while I have checked myself on occasion it isn’t always accurate. Being pregnant again and planning to nurse again puts me in that same place but I will still be on the look out for lumps that stay put.
Here are some ways you can remind yourself to check your headlights
- As soon as you get your calendar for the year pick a day in the month you’re going to check yourself and write it down for EVERY month.
- Set a reminder in your cell phone
- Team up with a friend and text each other to remind yourselves to check.
- Have an email sent to yourself every month as a reminder! We’re always checking our emails these day. Make it work in your favor!
For me my main reminders are my Oma and my Aunt. Currently my Aunt is working on raising money for Breast Cancer Awareness! I want her to set up a website to help her organize and collect donations and right now using the Code STRENGTH she can get 20% off of her entire order on GoDaddy and you can too!
But what I really want to know is how you remind yourself to check your headlights!
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