The month of October is here and I must admit I’m quite excited. Not only is it the meat of college football season, it is also when the weather begins to change and the holidays are right around the corner. Yet for me, October has a bigger meaning this year than it has in the past few years. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month! If you or anyone you know has ever been affected by Breast Cancer, you know this month is full of pink ribbons, millions of walking women and men, and memorials.
Breast cancer has been an “issue,” as my cousin Robbie would say, in my family for years and has kept all the women in my family on pins and needles. I have lost aunts and cousins to this disease. As well as family friends, who might as well have been family, to breast cancer. Now I am no longer walking just for them, but for myself. 7% of women in their 20s and 30s will contract breast cancer, 3% of those women will have Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC).
Thanks to the lovely architectural design of genetics, I am now in this predicament. As angry, scared and just plain old worried I am I don’t want to stress about it. My hair is still intact and for the most part I’m good. I want to make people aware that what doctors and researchers say is true. Breast cancer does not discriminate. It doesn’t care how old you are, what your skin color is, or what your religion is.
As African-American women, we have to really be health conscious. Please, please go get checked. If you’re scared, take your best friend with you or make your co-worker that you chat with on a daily go with you. You see, breast cancer awareness is about more than pink ribbons and walks. It’s about being aware of your own health. I hate that I’m a part of that 3%, hell I’m mad that I’m part of the 7%. Yet in all seriousness, be aware. You need to be treating your body right anyway lol.
If you are in the DC area, between October 12th and 14th, come scream for me because I’m walking in the 3-day 60-mile event.
Up 4 Discussion…
1) Do you know anyone who had, has or is a survivor of breast cancer?
2) How can women increase their health awareness?
3) Do you plan to support Breast Cancer Awareness month? If so, how?
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