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Thursday, October 2, 2014

Kicking cancer's ass - day 400

Wow.  Day 400.  Four hundred freaking days since I started kicking cancer's ass.
Just let that sink in.
Ok....moving on.
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.... how can you help?

First of all, check your girls.  Or check your girl's girls.  Guys - check yourself out, too, because it can happen to you.  Know what your "normal" is.  Listen to your body.  Getting a mammogram isn't always enough.  I had three mammograms that never showed anything, even when I had a 4cm tumor.  Scary, huh?  Get checked, and if you're concerned, push the issue.  Better to be safe and be wrong, than wait and be right.  Being right, in this case, sucks.

Second, pray and support the women (and men) fighting the fight.  If seeing a pink ribbon on the back of the car in front of you makes you think of me, or someone else you know, then that pink ribbon did its job.  Every breast cancer patient has a different journey.  Some are longer than others, some are more arduous than others, some are more successful than others.  Everyone walking this road has a fight on their hands, and it's life-changing.  We need all the help we can get.

Third, put your money where your mouth is.  If you want to donate, make sure you are giving to an organization that actually does put their money where their mouth is.  Susan G. Komen is not one of them.  Most of their revenue goes right back into the "Pinktober" stuff, or worse, pads the organization's pockets.  If you don't know of a local organization that could benefit from some help, then you can always give to the American Cancer Society.  I believe you can even designate if you want your gift to go towards breast cancer.

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