Be Breast Aware – Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Breast Cancer Awareness Month is all around us, and it’s an issue that’s sadly very dearly close to my heart.  Currently the statistics will tell us that 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer, and that doesn’t allow for the higher probability if a female relative directly related to you (e.g. your mother, sister, grandmother, aunt etc) has suffered the disease, in which case the odds are even worse.  So it’s a absolute certainty that you know someone who has been affected by this awful form of cancer. 

The awful irony of this disease is that it hits a woman in exactly the part of her body that makes her feel feminine.  I know from personal experience of someone extremely close to me who suffered breast cancer, (and thankfully survived), that after her mastectomy, she never felt beautiful and feminine.  Her’s was a very, very long time ago, and she is of course one of the lucky ones – she survived.  But as it WAS such a long time ago, before reconstructions and other advice were as readily available as they are today, before boobs were flagrantly displayed on just about every newspaper, magazine and TV channel, she lived with the feeling that she was “ugly” for over 25 years, although never having the courage to talk about why.  

Despite all that, she was, and is, one of the lucky ones.  She’s alive and well.  Sadly, it is estimated that around 12.000 women will die this year of breast cancer.

And we have still to find a cure.

If you do nothing else, go shopping in the name of breast cancer.  So many beauty-related products have “gone pink”, with a proportion of sales going towards the charities that are searching to find a cure, that you’d be hard pushed not to find something (or a few things!) that take your fancy.  If you’ve still to splash the cash, I’ll be doing a round-up here on the blog this weekend of my favourite “pinkified” things to buy.

There are so many other ways that you could raise money to help.  Host a coffee morning, ask friends to come and make a donation toward to the charity.  Take part in any of the many Race for Life 5K or 10K runs that take place around the country through the Spring and Summer months – even better, make a team with friends; you’ll have so much fun and raise even more money.  Host a clothing swap-a-thon, or sell some of your old stuff that’s languishing in the back of the wardrobe, and donate the proceeds.  There are just SO MANY ways that there’s no excuse not to.

But most of all, be informed.  Be aware of changes to your body.  Check your breasts regularly. See a doctor immediately if you detect anything unusual.  It’ll most likely be nothing to worry about, but don’t ignore it, just in case.  Know what to look for, and how, by checking HERE on the Breast Cancer Breast Aware website.

I know this is quite a serious post, but needs must.  

I wish you good health and a long life.




  1. October 12, 2012 / 3:49 pm

    this is such a beautiful post! breast cancer awareness is near and dear to my heart! i am so happy that your loved one survived this terrible disease! in the end…SHE WON the battle and thats whats important! thanks so much for sharing xo

    • October 14, 2012 / 5:15 pm

      Thanks so much Niki, I’m so glad you thought this was worth reading. Hope your nearest and dearest and safe and well xXx

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