Every year when the calendar turns to October we begin to see pink ribbons everywhere. They are there because October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. But some of us don’t need ribbons and October to remind us of breast cancer.
I was barely married when my mom found a lump on her breast. Ten years later she is cancer free. My aunt, her sister found a lump a few years later. Today she is cancer free as well. My friends Sara and Abby-Jill didn’t survive their bouts with cancer. I have been touched by breast cancer four times too many.
Because of my family history I have to be vigilant about breast cancer. It is not a disease I can afford to ignore. Although our family has had genetic testing and doesn’t carry the BRACA gene, clearly there is something going on with the females in my family. My maternal grandmother died of ovarian cancer which is also linked to breast cancer. As gene pools go, let’s be honest. This isn’t the one you want.
I was a mom to two when I found a small lump while in the shower. I froze and my girls’ future passed before me. It was impossible not to go to a dark place. I listened as the doctor told me it didn’t look like cancer on the mammogram. I remembered they had told my mom the same thing. I listened as the surgeon prepped me and told me that it didn’t present like cancer. I remembered they had told my mom the same thing. When I groggily woke up after surgery I was told it wasn’t cancer. I felt like for the first time in month, I breathed again.
I am not a person to be consumed by fear and anxiety so I can truthfully tell you that I don’t live in fear of cancer. And this year when my mom had another irregular mammogram I tried my best not to be fearful. When she got her mammogram back the second time there was a cross near the spot where she had cancer the first time. And no sign of abnormalities.
So despite my history and a scare, I won’t live in fear for myself. And I won’t live in fear for my daughters who also are genetically predisposed to this awful disease. But I will live in hope. Hope of healing for my family. And hope that a cure will be found in my lifetime. And that this disease will be no more.
I am thrilled to partner with P&G, Hearst and The Motherhood for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. They are committed to fighting this disease in several ways this month.
- Save while you give. On Sunday, October 2, and Sunday, October 16, a GIVE Hope brandSAVER will be distributed in newspapers across the country, with discounts for P&G products, including Olay, Pantene, Crest and many more. For each GIVE Hope brandSAVER coupon redeemed, P&G will donate two cents to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) – allowing people to give back, while saving money.
- Share with friends. “Like” P&G Beauty on Facebook. For every “like” at P&G will donate 10 cents to NBCF to further support their mission of saving lives through early detection. The P&G Beauty Facebook page will also feature stories from female employees who have been impacted by this disease.
- Buy, give and get. During the month of October, consumers will receive a $10 rebate and will also trigger a $10 donation to NBCF with the purchase of $50 worth of P&G Beauty products, including Venus, Olay, Secret, CoverGirl, Nice ‘n Easy, Pantene, Safeguard and Ivory.
P&G has also provided me with a P&G gift basket for one of my readers. It is a great gift basket full off all sorts of P&G beauty products. To win you simply need to leave a comment about how breast cancer has affected you. And let’s hope this is the last decade we need a month dedicated to the awareness of breast cancer.
Giveaway open to US residents only. A winner will be drawn at random on Monday, October 10th and the winner will be notified by email.
I was provided with a gift basket and compensation from P&G, Hearst and The Motherhood. This is obviously a cause I feel passionate about and the stories are all my own.