Wednesday, October 12, 2011

think pink

October is great for so many reasons: pumpkins, boots, and all things fall-y, but its even more great for the fact that it is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I don’t think that it’s any surprise that cancer is something near and dear to my heart. Being a nurse for oncology patients has been one of the most rewarding, yet challenging things I’ve ever done. While the majority of my patients have leukemia or lymphoma, I do get to take care patients with all other types of cancer. 
I’m a huge advocate for preventative healthcare. Routine mammograms, and monthly self breast exams are simple, basic things that can ultimately save your life. Within this past year I’ve known two precious women to be diagnosed with breast cancer, and it was caught early solely because they were aware of their bodies and knew when something wasn’t right.

Signs that you should not ignore
Be aware of any change in your breast or underarm area. If you notice any of the following signs, see your health care provider.

• lumps, hard knot or thickening inside the
breast or underarm area
• swelling, warmth, redness or darkening of
the breast
• change in the size or shape of the breast
• dimpling or puckering of the skin
• itchy, scaly sore or rash on the nipple
• pulling in of your nipple or other parts of
the breast
• nipple discharge that starts suddenly
• new pain in one spot that does not go away

There are a ton of simple, easy ways to show your support, give a little, or just sport the color pink for the month of October, but here are a few of my favorite “think pink” products this far.


Essie’s Limited Edition shade of nailpolish “Raise Awareness” being sold at Ulta.

That would be a ribbon shaped bagel from Panera Bread Company. Apparently they are making ribbon shaped pastries and bagels and a portion of the sales go to support breast cancer research. Who doesn’t love Panera, anyways?


I have a small obsession with pashminas…so this one from quickly caught my eye. It’s a gorgeous shade of pink, and has an small rhinestone ribbon embellishment on the lower corner. So why not be fashionable and charitable?

Those are just a few ways to show your support for the nearly 23,000 women who will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year, and the nearly 40,000 who will lose their lives to this terrible disease. I am confident that we all know someone who has been affected by this disease, so take a moment this month and do something special for them, so they know that they are not in the battle alone. Secondly, do something special for yourselves and if you haven’t already, start doing monthly self breast exams. It literally takes 30 seconds to do.

For more information visit for ways to get involved, donate, and learn more about breast cancer.


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