by Diane Burton
October is apple cider and donuts, baseball, and breast cancer awareness. One month set aside to remind us to be aware of our bodies. In the “olden days” when doctors knew everything, we acted like children and were treated as such. The doc knew best.
As the saying goes, “we’ve come a long way, baby.” We have a responsibility to take care of ourselves, to be responsible for our physical well-being. We must educate ourselves about our bodies.
Two weeks ago, my daughter invited me to attend an evening of education. Doctors and other health professionals conducted mini-workshops on things like genetic testing, nutrition, stress management, surgical options, and more. I wish there had been time to attend more than two workshops. Fortunately, some of the workshops are available as podcasts. http://www.hollandhospital.org/WomenCenter/Overview.aspx If your local hospital has an event like this, I urge you to take advantage of the opportunity to learn more about your body.
In my last post (October 8) I joked about something silly scaring me more than breast cancer. Sometimes the more serious a situation, the only way to deal with it is to find humor. Otherwise, we cry. I’m well aware of the seriousness of cancer. Both of my sisters, an aunt and her daughter are breast cancer survivors. They survived because their cancers were detected early. One of my sisters discovered hers through self-examination. The other through an annual mammogram.
Just because one month a year is devoted to breast cancer awareness doesn’t mean in two days we can forget about it. Be aware of changes in your body. Get regular mammograms. Take care of yourself.
I blog here on the 8th and 30th of each month and Mondays on my own blogsite http://dianeburton.blogspot.com My first romantic suspense, One Red Shoe, is available on Amazon.