October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
As many of you know, breast cancer research and awareness is a cause very close to my heart. My daughter Lisa is a four-year survivor. She was diagnosed with the disease at the age of 33, while pregnant. If that weren’t enough, she tested positive for the BRCA (Breast Cancer) gene mutation, which put her at very high risk for a recurrence of breast cancer and for ovarian cancer. So she fought back.
After having both breasts removed, her ovaries removed, chemo, radiation, reconstruction, and oh, yeah, a baby (her third child), Lisa is cancer-free. But she is a The Superhero, and she continues to fight against breast cancer in every way she can. That’s just what superheroes do.
I wrote about Lisa’s story here:
Thanks to my friend and fellow blogger Tara at If Mom Says OK, I’ve just learned about the Saving Second Base Project. Two bloggers, Rachel at A Southern Fairytale and Tricia at Once a Month Mom, are collaborating on this project to raise funds for breast cancer research. They are collecting recipes and stories which they will compile in an e-book. At the end of the month, the e-book will be available for everyone to buy, and 100% of the proceeds will be donated to the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. 100%! These women are superheroes too!
In the meantime, remember what Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all about. Take care of your girls with a monthly self-exam, and remind all your friends to do so too. If you find anything out of the ordinary, see your doctor right away. Right away. Don’t put it off.
And you guys out there? Breast cancer can can attack you too. Though it happens with far less frequency, there are almost 2,000 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed in men every year. If you see any changes, see your doctor.
This is a terrible disease. Odds are you know someone with breast cancer. One in every eight women will be diagnosed with it during her lifetime. The American Cancer Society estimates that 249,290 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in 2010. But it can be stopped. So let’s put on our capes and join the superheroes in the battle and defeat it. Now.