When I kick around Facebook, I really enjoy reading people's thoughts and articles, clicking/liking on the babies - all the babies, and generally reveling in learning about my peeps. I liked a picture tonight and was inadvertently entered into a fun little status game for Breast Cancer Awareness month. My initial thought was "oh boy," I don't usually participate in these things, and if one of my friends "likes" what I say then the cycle will continue and I'll feel skeevy about it. Then my brain said, well if the whole point is to further awareness, then why don't you keep the spirit of the intent.
I don't have a history of breast cancer on my side of the family, other kinds of cancers, yes. The disease is also very raw in my mind, as several family members on my husbands side are struggling currently. I spoke about one of them recently three posts ago. On my side of the family, breast cysts are common though, so I was raised with an awareness of the necessity of self exams so cysts could be caught early before something else developed. You have to be taught to become familiar and comfortable with your body, to not ignore the clues you receive.
Please share any or all of these sites with the people you love:
(they'll even send you a monthly email reminder, so you won't forget)
(for all the men in your life - The American Cancer Society estimates there will be 2350 new cases of diagnosed breast cancer in men in the US this year, with 440 men dying from it.)