It is October 2nd, and I am living in a sea of baseball here in Pittsburgh. The 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.” - markbrodinsky.com
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:
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.