It’s October; Breast Cancer Awareness Month, so I’ve decided to start off this month’s Blog in honor of my friends and family who have either fought the disease and won, lost their battle, or who are currently fighting the disease. It’s a feisty and ruthless disease that too many women are confronting.
In fact, I had my own scare when I was 22 years old. One day, I found a lump in my left breast. It was scary as hell. I have a history of breast cancer in my family, and until I saw the doctor and got some answers, I did not sleep. At all. Even my husband, (who was my boyfriend at the time) became so desensitized to “feeling me up.” I mean, he felt my left boob like twenty times, and said, “I don’t like the way that feels.” Doctors later, x rays and mammograms later, it ended up being what is called a “fibroadenoma,” which is a benign tumor. I am checked yearly by my gynecologist and breast surgeon. So far, so good.
But the actual disease itself has effected my family personally, and so when I owned my business, I donated a percentage of my yearly sales to different breast cancer efforts. My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer at the young age of 39 years old, and subsequently lost a breast to the disease. The wonderful news; she is cancer free for fourteen years now! If you ask her why, she attributes her good health to many factors. To name a few; yoga, good eating and a healthy lifestyle. She feels so much of our health has to do with our mental well being combined with keeping our physical selves active and healthy. I have to tell you, I think she may be onto something.