From #Buctober to #BreastCancerAwareness – It is October

It is October 2nd, and I am living in a sea of baseball here in PittsburghThe Pittsburgh Pirates are in the playoffs for the first time since 1992. and I know that is a LONG time because that is the year I graduated from high school.  Gulp.  #Buctober is officially in full swing in Pittburgh…..My house is looney from it. Quite frankly, I don’t know how anyone is getting anything done.  Perhaps this is why the government shut down?


All joking aside, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month which not only means the Pirates better get their butts in some pink gear, but we must take this month seriously.  Breast Cancer is no laughing matter, and since I mentioned earlier when I graduated high school—one may put it all together and know I am pushing 39 and then real soon, 40 years-old.  This is the about the time when we as women start to get regular mammograms.  


Not a day goes by when I do not have a friend or fellow mom heading out for a mammogram, waiting on bated breath for the results of one, or even worse, called back for a recheck. Personally, I have found myself surrounded by breast cancer survivors over the last few years, and they are the BRAVEST women I know.  No doubt about it.  Like I said earlier, breast cancer is no laughing matter—it can affect the woman in the coffee shop next to you, your mom, friend, sister, neighbor….breast cancer knows no boundaries.


Simply read this to know there are NO boundaries:  “The odds are 1-in-8. One in Eight. This isn’t a lottery ticket you are holding, it’s 1-in-8. I’m not making up the numbers and I’m not skewing them to scare you, this comes directly from the National Cancer Institute: Based on current breast cancer incidence rates, experts estimate that about one out of every eight women born today will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life.” –


So—as I jump on the #Buctober band wagon, I feel it is important to pay #BreastCancerAwareness month the attention it deserves.  Last year, I ran my first 10K while raising funds for early mammograms.   Many women continue not to be able to afford early detection, not to mention—overall, there needs to be greater awareness. 


This year, I have found a few unique ways to contribute to Breast Cancer Research and Awareness.  Each one is connected to a survivor, and that is my own personal theme for this October:  Paying it forward to those women who have survived and prevailed and now go on to support others.


To them, I say thank you.  It is not enough, but in reality there are no words to adequately describe how I feel.


To these women:  I dedicate my month of October.  My time.  Every step I run.  Every pose in yoga.  All my cheers for the Pirates.  Each moment I write.  I give them my all because they are here and living life and helping others—setting an example on being a survivor.   


Here are a few of the ways, I plan to spread the knowledge this month:


It Takes 2 by Mark Brodinsky


Mark and Debbie Brodinsky are close friends of mine, but more than that—-role models.  The book, It takes 2, is a must read on survivorship and living life to the fullest as a survivor, spouse of a survivor, and for everyone caught in the middle.


Mark on why he wrote the book:  “I wrote the journal because I need a catharsis as Debbie faced the biggest challenge of her life and all I could do was support and love her…. [A]s a positive reinforcement that life would go on, despite these dark days, and we would be victorious in the end.”
“I wrote the book because no one should face this alone…. But also for the survivors, warriors and maybe most importantly for those about to go down this long, scary road, to provide expectations, education and inspiration that if you keep fighting, it will be your best chance of getting to the other side. Cancer-free.”
“At it’s core it is a story of courage, hope and inspiration.  My wife lived it, I just wrote it.”
Buy it, Read it, Devour it, and keep paying it forward.
Haralee Sleepwear
Haralee is a business friend and fellow entrepreneur of mine.  The person I choose to Skype with when I think the sky is falling.  She is a survivor and has made it part of her mission to educate on breast cancer and contribute back to the breast cancer community.  Her blog is funny, witty, and real.  A portrait into life after breast cancer.  It is a must visit.
She designed a funky line of pajamas, workout gear, and robes for women who get ‘hot’ after her experience with menopause.  A portion of her proceeds go to breast cancer research, and through Sunday (10/6), Haralee is giving a 15% discount with the discount code Survive. 
Shades of Pink
Kallysten, a romance writer, who I discovered through Madeline put together an anthology with the proceeds going to early mammograms.  With 32 authors each contributing a small story to the collection, the suggested $5 donation hardly feels like enough for this cause—What better to free your mind then a cup of joe and a romance collection?  
I am sure each author has their own personal reasons for contributing and being part of such a unique effort for such a worthwhile cause.  I am off to purchase it and look forward to some quiet, me time, with it.
These are ONLY THREE efforts this October to raise funds and promote knowledge about breast cancer.  As life sweeps us up, whether it be the Pirates, the government shutdown, or whatever—Let’s not let #BreastCancerAwareness month slip by. — RB
Feel free to leave a comment with another opportunity to participate this month.

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  • Haralee October 2, 2013, 12:45 PM

    Thanks Rachel! I am in good company!!
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