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10/06/2010

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Christa

What an important post. It seems that October has becoming a month of "pinkwashing" - we're surrounded by brands urging us to "become aware" of breast cancer - but we don't hear many messages regarding prevention. Living a healthy lifestyle by making positive nutrition choices, moving more often and limiting our intake of processed sugars and flours, we can prevent many cases of breast disease.

Kate Powers

Thank you for this moving post. I do not wear a pink ribbon in October. Instead I help organize my family to run a 5K race for a cure in memory of my Aunt. She died in 2006 when undetected breast cancer grew to bone cancer. Her refusal to obtain preventative care cost her life. Her death shook the entire family as she was diagnosed when at the needing hospice stage. She suffered silently. In her memory we participate in the 5K as TEAM BARBARA JEAN and we talk to each other about mamograms and monthly self exams as well as pap smears, having babies and going thru menopause. In her memory we have made a pact to be pro active about preventative care.

AnneWitkavitch@comcast.net

Kate - you had shared the story about your aunt in your Facebook response but I am so moved to read about what your family started in her memory - this important race and ritual. Thank you so much for sharing this.

AnneWitkavitch@comcast.net

Christa - I think as people develop their prevention approaches and share them, we'll end up with the sort of best practice sharing we always did in the corporate world...taking what's worked for others and applying it successfully to our own lives. Thanks for the comment.

Rich

Anne - I'm impressed by this was a brave account of something you went through. (I had no clue that you had.) I think you're right. To me, it seems like there are so many breast cancer "awareness" campaigns going on (some of them silly/annoying, like the "viral facebook" stuff - how does that do anything for anybody?), and it's turning into white noise. People need to personalize the issue and learn to be proactive about self-exams and knowing what to check for...

Anne Witkavitch

Thanks Rich...you know us writers work things through with words! Doing much better at this phase. Love the phrase "white noise." That was why I wrote more openly about this...just like in communications, when we tag line and slogan people to death, the real message gets lost. Hope Ohio is treating you well!

Connie

Thanks for writing this, Ann. Your willingness to share will go a long way toward making others proactive. You are a prime example of making lemonade when life hands you lemons ;-}

David Sepulveda

Anne... Excellent article with some essential advice for every woman. As the husband of a breast cancer survivor, I am acutely aware of the pervasiveness of the disease. Glad to know this is not the case with you, but fully understand the roller coaster of emotions you must have endured - especially with so many other things going on in your life. Your Press Pause Moments effort will surely help others, even as it has helped you. Keep up the good work.

Diana Raab

Hi Anne

Thank you for the great post and the wonderful opportunity to be in your anthology. I am moved that my essay touched you and i hope that future readers will be helped by my self-help memoir, HEALING WITH WORDS which not only tells my story but has blank journaling pages for others to share their own story.

To your health,
Diana Raab, MFA, RN
WEB: http://www.dianaraab.com
BLOG: http://www.dianaraab.com/blog

Anne

David - your beautiful wife was a treasure trove of information, support and camaraderie for me! I won't forget our conversation as we walked the channel at low tide in O.S!

Anne

Diana - I am blessed by the collection of writers and stories come together in the Press Pause Moments anthology and thankful for the opportunity to share you wonderful book as part of breast cancer awareness month. Journaling is a powerful tool we are given freely but so few accept into their wellness.

Caverta

I lost my husband last year. If only we could diagnose it earlier, he may have been with me today. Breast Cancer is the second most cause of death among women. It is time that we learn about breast cancer and take precautionary measures to prevent it. It’s time to act responsible and join hands to get over the fear of breast cancer by getting ourselves screened for it. Wear the pink ribbon and become a part of breast cancer awareness campaign.

Wrong Diagnosis

Stumbled across your blog and good for me! I am a Survivor 8 1/2 years and going. I have a tatoo - so totally out of character for me! I have a pink ribbon on top my foot. It is my symbol of SURVIVAL! It is my celebration of beating the beast. My daughter has one on her tummy. She asked to have it for her 18th birthday. And she did. Just never went back for them. No real reason.
Glad to meet you.

Wrong Diagnosis

thanks for the information... It is not just in hospitals where patients may be at risk from medical negligence.

Anne

Caverta...so sorry for your loss. Awareness and early prevention is so important for breast cancer and many, many diseases. If we could all pay more attention to what our bodies are telling us...thanks for posting.

Anne

Hurray for you...8-1/2 years in a tremendous milestone! I love the idea of a tattoo and your daughter's gesture. One of the writers in the anthology puts a purple streak in her hair when she reaches five years!

Anne

Clarification...my misdiagnosis was because the disease mimics cancer like an identical twin. The only way it can be accurately diagnosed is with a biopsy so until those results came back there was no way to believe this was anything else. I was blessed with an incredible medical team who, thank goodness, had actually dealt with this before!

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