Sunday, October 7

It's October--make your appointment!


Okay, I know this is pink.  I know this is supposed to be a writing blog and this isn't about writing. I know it looks dumb, but, hey...I'm talking about breasts here. Boobs. Jugs. Tatas. Other euph--I've forgotten how to spell that word--that are even less elegant. And I'm talking about breast cancer. You know, that nasty disease represented by that ribbon over there?

We've got some "experts" saying don't bother with mammograms, don't examine yourself. I'd venture to say most of them have not buried their mothers or sisters or daughters. Most of them don't know and celebrate the survivors the way those of us do who knew and loved women who didn't survive. Most of them--oh, hell, you know what I'm saying.

You're women, you know the risks, you know how to minimize those risks. Do it for your children, the partners who love you, but more than anything, do it for yourself. If you can't afford a mammogram, call your doctor, the local hospital, or even an urgent care facility--they'll tell you what to do!

My mother died September 5, 1982. I still miss her. She had breast cancer.

It's Breast Cancer Awareness month. Be aware. Just do it.

16 comments:

  1. I agree, Liz! No excuses - get the exam.

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  2. Thanks for blogging about this today. Does it pertain to writing? I think it does. If we don't take care of ourselves, who will agonize over every line of stories avid readers love to read? Good post...and love the pink.

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    1. You're right, Vonnie--thanks for coming by!

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  3. Well said Liz. My wife was diagnosed with breast cancer on May 1, 2009. She went through 8 rounds of chemo, mastectomy, radiation and reconstructive surgery. She's cancer-free now, but the summer of 2009 was a scary time in our household. If even one woman can avoid going through that by getting a mammogram, it's totally worth it.

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    1. I'm so happy for your wife and you both, and can feel the ache of 2009 in your voice. Thanks for sharing that and bless you both!

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  4. Whenever I see a ribbon, I use it as a reminder to go flop on my back and do a self breast exam. Gotta take it seriously! Thanks for the reminder.

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  5. Sorry to hear about your mother. Little breast cancer in my family,
    but that doesn't mean any of us are safe. Thank you for mentioning
    the need to always get yourself checked out.

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    1. Thanks, Allison. You're right, too, and early detection is so important.

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  6. Sorry about your mom, Liz. Hugs. It's a scary disease. We need to be aware.

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  7. Thanks, D. Even after all these years, it's a rough time.

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  8. Great post liz. very important message.

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