Despite all good intentions, I’ve once again been away from blogging for an extended period of time. We’re mostly settled in to the new place, I’m working, Dru’s making friends and doing well at daycare, and Kris is doing well in his new job.
But October always is a busy month for us anyway. It’s Kris’ birthday, a number of family member and close friend birthdays happen, and our anniversary. Now that Dru’s big enough, he had 2 birthday parties to attend, and there’s Halloween tomorrow, of course. But it’s also Breast Cancer Awareness Month and World Series Season, so everything seems to be happening at once.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month arouses mixed feelings for me. I don’t think we should need a month to push awareness of this – I don’t think you can turn around without bumping into someone whose life has been changed by Breast Cancer. My maternal grandmother had breast cancer in the 80’s and wore a prosthesis the rest of her life (except when she forgot it in hilariously random places). My mother-in-law’s dear friend lost a battle with breast cancer last year, and her family is still learning to cope with her absence. Needless to say, I don’t know that there’s anyone out there anymore who ISN’T aware of breast cancer. I appreciate the walks, and the fundraising push, but I don’t know that we should be focusing on awareness so much as Prevention, and I know that there is a larger push for prevention awareness now than there used to be.
I know that it’s not fun to think about having to check yourself, but all of us, men and women, need to be getting checked regularly for all cancers – if you’re eligible for a cancer screening, whether breast, colon, prostate, etc, PLEASE get checked. And for those checks you can do at home – especially breast checks – do them! Get your partner involved, they have a vested interest in keeping you healthy as well! It was something that we, as girls, were briefly taught how to do the self-exams, I think I even received a little door hanger thing showing me the steps. However you get the info, use it. And if you find something odd, don’t wait, talk to your doctor. I’d much rather be embarrassed because I had a clogged milk duct then find out I ignored a serious problem because I was afraid of being paranoid (that’s a fun paradox isn’t it).
As for the World Series, well it kind of ties in, doesn’t it? The past few years, the World Series has been doing a Stand Up To Cancer Push, and actually, that’s a bit more towards what inspired this post. One of my oldest friends has an uncle who was diagnosed with pancreatic cancer last year. Recently, a group of students at the High School where he taught (in Troy, MO) started a fundraising and awareness campaign in his honor. It’s trending on Twitter, they’ve got pictures and signs from the World Series (GO RED SOX!) and it’s becoming a huge thing. I think it’s great that social media is being used to help this man and his family. It’s always been my belief that social media can be a great tool, even if it’s used usually as a way to overshare pictures of hamburgers or thoughts about kittens.
So, even though October is almost over, let’s continue spreading awareness and prevention.