When I was a little girl, I didn’t know what “strength” really meant. My dad was strong because he could pick me up. As I got older, I understood the strength it took for my mom to go to work every day when all she really wanted was to be home each afternoon when we arrived from school.
And now, at 40, I understand at least a little the strength it must have taken for my grandmother to face a breast cancer diagnosis, undergo a mastectomy, and WIN. I can only imagine the strength it took for someone so private and so proper to feel exposed and give up a part of her body. As a little girl, I knew she used a prosthetic in her bra, but it wasn’t until I was a teenager that I knew why. And even then, I didn’t fully grasp the magnitude of the situation. I’m not sure I can even claim that now.
This now ONE HUNDRED-year-old fighter is a living symbol of what it means to survive because of early detection.
I owe it to her to take care of myself and remind other women to do the same.
October, being the month that we most often talk about Breast Cancer Awareness, is an easy time to focus on this, but you and I both know we should talk about it all the time.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, one in eight women will develop breast cancer, and that number jumps substantially the older we get. I’m proud to have been chosen by both the NBCF and Hanes to remind women that mammograms are important (and not nearly as uncomfortable as you might imagine — I PROMISE!). They can be the difference. Finding cancer early can save your life and give you the time you want with your family. In addition to the $50,000 Hanes is donating to the NBCF, they have donated an additional $1000 in my name. I’m beyond honored.
Take the time. Make the appointment. You won’t regret it.
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