As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer.
I encourage you to advocate for this cause in the obvious ways: wear pink, participate in a fundraiser, join in the buzz in your community. But I also encourage you to be your own advocate for breast cancer.
- Do your monthly self-exams and check with your doctor to see if it is recommended that you start an annual mammogram. Just do this. It is so, so worth it. You, lovely lady, are so worth it.
- A few simple life-style changes can help reduce your risk of breast cancer, according to many studies. A healthy diet and four hours per week of physical activity – we can do this!
- Destress your life. I know – the thought alone causes me more stress. But, it’s important. Meditate. (If that’s too weird for you, sit quietly with soft music and no interruptions, letting your mind rest. See what I did there? I just made meditation not too weird.) Try Yoga. Go for a drive in the country.
- Stay aware of the current facts and statistics concerning breast cancer. Get your info from a reliable source (not that what Aunt Myrtle’s friend from knitting club’s niece saw on a cable infomercial isn’t reliable, but….). Click here for current breast cancer facts and figures from the American Cancer Society.
Lastly, I want to encourage our men to encourage us. Keep reminding us how important we are to you, by reminding us to stay healthy and do our exams.
Advocate by taking care of yourself, educating others, and supporting breast cancer research.
Click here to start at the beginning of this 31 Day Challenge.