Monday, February 13, 2012

A small break ....

My dear readers ... I'm going to take a break from the blog for a few days. Maybe even for a few weeks. We'll see.

It's nothing bad ... I just feel like I need a break from blog writing right now. I'll try to check in on facebook, so if you aren't already, follow me here. =)


Wednesday, February 08, 2012

Let's Act.

Yesterday I mentioned we need to do more, we needed to do better.

Today, I'm going to ask you, my dear readers, to do something very simple. And I'm going to ask that you pass it on to all of your friends and ask them to do something simple.

Today, I'm asking you to please, please join the Army of Women. From their website:
The Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation's Love/Avon Army of Women is made possible thanks to a grant from the Avon Foundation for women.
Our revolutionary initiative has two key goals:
  • To recruit one million healthy women of every age and ethnicity, including breast cancer survivors and women at high-risk for the disease, to partner with breast cancer researchers and directly participate in the research that will eradicate breast cancer once and for all.
  • To challenge the scientific community to expand its current focus to include breast cancer prevention research conducted on healthy women.
Join us in this movement that will take us beyond a cure by creating new opportunities to study what causes breast cancer—and how to prevent it.
 You do NOT have to have had breast cancer to join. You just have to be a women, willing to fill out a form, get an e-mail from time to time, and if you are so moved and eligible, through this site you can participate in research going on right now. To learn more about breast cancer.

I am a member of the site, along with 363,625 other women. The goal? Is to get one million women signed up. Late last year I even participated in a study that I learned about through Army of Women.

So go over there, check out the website, and join. And ask your friends. And ask them to ask their friends. It's a small thing that could make a huge difference.


Tuesday, February 07, 2012

Heavy heart ....

Yesterday, the world lost two amazingly strong, smart, caring women. Both women lost their lives to stage IV breast cancer. Both women were strong leaders in the breast cancer community. A huge hole has been left.

Susan Niebur, of Toddler Planet, is survived by her husband and her two boys. Her boys are very close to my own son's age. I can't imagine the pain they are feeling right now. Susan lived with inflammatory breast cancer for the past 5 years. She was an amazing voice and shared so much with so many. I actually came to know her (via the internet) before my own diagnosis. And was even then amazed by her strength. When I was diagnosed, she reached out to me, even though she was dealing with her own health issues. She had kind and comforting words to share. Susan will be greatly missed. She was a powerhouse in the blogging world.

Rachel Cheetham Moro, of The Cancer Culture Chronicles, also passed away yesterday. I didn't know Rachel as well as I knew Susan. I came to know Rachel through a weekly chat on twitter for breast cancer. Rachel was a smart woman, and feisty. She was an incredible writer who brought attention to many issues in the breast cancer world. I've read many of her blog posts and just had to nod my head in agreement with all she said. She, like Susan, was a powerful voice in the breast cancer. And will also be greatly missed.

I can not believe we lost both of these women yesterday. My heart is so heavy and I've shed many tears. I will miss them. And am sending many prayers and much love to their families today.

*Here's where I'd like to remind you that in addition to these two lovely women, about 108 other women passed away because of breast cancer yesterday. 110 women will die today. And 110 will die tomorrow. Everyday, 110 families lose incredible women to breast cancer. Pink ribbons are not enough anymore. We need to do more.

Friday, February 03, 2012

Going Red

Did you know that heart disease kills more women than all cancers combined? Scary when you think about it. And heart health is on my mind a lot lately as some of my treatments are not kind to my heart. I have to get my heart tested every 3 months. So I definitely am aware of my heart health!

Well, February is National Heart Health Month. Today is wear go Red for women day. Okay, okay, I must admit, I am not wearing red today, but my spirit is full of lots of red. {in my defense, I am not leaving my house and I used to have red shirts, but none of them fit me anymore}.

Anyway, later this month I will be celebrating Heart Health Month by going to the 2nd annual Girls Night Out. It's being sponsored by Sassy Moms in the City, B96, KHits and WBBM News Radio. And I can't wait to go! I wasn't able to attend last year, but I know everyone who went? Had an amazing time!

So, here's how you can join in the fun ... click here to RSVP. Tickets are $30, but all ticket proceeds go to  American Heart Association "Go Red for Women" campaign. It's going to be amazing! I hope I see you there =)

Disclaimer: I am being given a complementary ticket to share this information with you. But, all my opinions remain my own!