Breast Cancer Awareness month
Breast cancer is usually not the first topic when you think about blogging, fashion, photography, music, pop culture... well... the regular features that go up online on PAPERBOATS.me. Time to change that! As I myself am getting older but especially because I have a mum that is getting older and already has a history involving breast cancer as well as a grandma that has, I should definitely educate myself as much as possible and I thought some of you might feel the same way.
Oct. 5, 2017
Labels: On track
I still remember when I was a kid and my mum had to go to the hospital because they spotted a lump in her breast... I was pretty young and that's all I remember. She had to have surgery and for months it was unclear if anything would come back. As a child you usually never think about the possibility of your parents dying and I can't remember having ever been so scared in my life. The day she got her results back saying she was 100% healthy she picked us up from school (which was not normal as my school was almost two hours away and we usually took the train). But we got ice cream and celebrated and I remember feeling such relief.
Now as I'm older and have to think about these health threats myself I tend to push the thought away. You always care about others more than about yourself. But I had a mammography myself to make sure there was nothing to worry about, and I remember feeling so alive after the results came in and everything was ok. Regular check ups are so important and they don't cost anything but a few minutes. If you feel you can't sufficiently do it yourself by simply feeling for knots in your breasts, ask your gynecologist. I do both and I also push my mum and sister for regular check ups. Simply because it already runs in the family but also because cancer can really change you life or the life of your family. Also something I didn't know is that there is a free MAMMOGRAPHY PROGRAM for anyone between 50-69, where health insurance will pay for regular checks even if you don't show any symptoms. Definitely a great thing to make use of.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and there will be a lot of features and reports around. But it’s just one month to remind you of the imminent danger, the other 11 months you need to keep the conversation alive yourself. Talking to one person who might not know so much about the whole topic already helps and breaks the taboo surrounding cancer that is still very much around.
Be part of the movement, spread the word and share your thoughts and experiences using #Bwatch #breastcancerawareness