Do you worry about Breast Cancer? I’ll be honest, in the past I haven’t paid much attention to it because I have been fortunate enough to have avoided direct contact with the disease. But like everything else that becomes so real once you have kids, Breast Cancer is something that no woman should ignore.
Cancer is out there. And even if it hasn’t touched me directly, that doesn’t mean it won’t someday. I think about Breast Cancer differently now as a mother. Before, my fears were focused on myself and how I would be affected. And yes, my thoughts still start there. But married to a wonderful man and with two amazing boys, I just can’t imagine what it would mean to my family if I ever had to fight this horrific disease. Yet, one in eight American women will fight Breast Cancer. That is an unbelievable number and my heart goes out to every woman who has had to walk that unthinkable path.
I don’t say these things to strike fear into my heart or yours. But what are we doing about it? Is there anything we can do? I believe that humanity has been given the ability to learn and do medical research that will help prevent and even cure Cancer.
Early detection is key. Are you doing your self-exams? Checking for lumps? As a breastfeeding mama, I am particularly aware of the way things are supposed to feel. But I confess that I am not nearly as diligent when I am not constantly feeding a wee one. That has got to change, not just for my own sake, but for the sake of my children.
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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Do you get sick of seeing pink everywhere during the month of October? I’ll be honest, it makes me sick to think there are companies making money off of charitable people. But there are ways to support Breast Cancer research without being taken advantage of.
One such opportunity is from P&G. If you already plan to buy any of the many products offered by P&G (like Olay, Pantene and Crest) check out the October 16th Sunday paper for special brandSAVER coupons. For each coupon redeemed, P&G will donate two cents to the National Breast Cancer Foundation. In addition, P&G will donate 10 cents to NBCF for every “like” they receive on Facebook.And finally, during the month of October, consumers will receive a $10 rebate for every $50 they spend on P&G beauty products, which will also donate $10 to NBCF. What I love about this program is that many of these products are things I would buy anyway, so why not have a portion of what I spend go to research?
I know that diseases like Breast Cancer are largely out of my control. No one can control everything. But there are things we can all do to raise awareness and make sure we are as safe as possible.
Have you been affected by Breast Cancer? Do you have any tips on how to stay informed?
Share your stories/tips in the comments to be entered to win a gift package of beauty products from P&G.
Disclosure: This is a sponsored post on behalf of The Motherhood, Hearst and P&G. All thoughts are my own. One winner will be randomly drawn from the comments and notified via email. Giveaway ends at 11:59pm October 17, 2011. Good Luck!