Do It For the Girls, Yourself and Your Family

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Today is my birthday and I am 41.

Time goes by faster than ever now that I have kids!

Every year around my birthday I get very reflective.  I always think about all that I accomplished and all that I wish I had and resolve to make the next year better.

Last year when I turned 40, I had my obligatory mammogram.  I had one when I was about 15 because I found a lump when I did my self-examination.  Thankfully it was nothing, but it gave us all a scare. I’m happy to say that mammograms have “come a long way baby!” since my first encounter.  It was much less invasive and didn’t hurt as much as I remember it.

But even if it did hurt, early detection is the key.

Breast cancer is a special topic in my family because I lost my godmother to breast cancer when I was 11.  She died two days after my birthday.  I will never forget that I saw her on my birthday because she had a special tradition.  She would write me a check in the amount of my age so I could go get something nice.  She was very sick and frail, but still managed to write me that check.  Now I regret cashing it or at least not making a copy of it.

To this day, I still miss my Auntie Gloria.  It’s hard to believe it’s been 30 years since she passed away.

Due to her illness, my family has been very aware of the importance of early detection.  So every month I so a self-examination and soon I will be teaching my girls to do the same.

You may have noticed in the news that many stars have been diagnosed with breast cancer over the last few years: Maura Tierney, Kathy Bates, Christina Applegate and Guliana Rancic.  There can never be too much information about early detection.

Did you know that one in eight women will get breast cancer in her lifetime? One in eight! That’s equivalent to an inner-circle of friends, or the women in an extended family. Fortunately, there is hope. When breast cancer is detected early, the five-year survival rate is 98 percent. That’s why it is critical for women to create an early detection plan. Because early detection saves lives.

This year, Proctor and Gamble’s Give Hope Campaign will kick off a little early with a Twitter Party hosted by Guliana Rancic.

Do It For the Girls! Twitter Party Details:

  • When: Thursday, September 20 at 3 p.m. ET
  • Where: Twitter – follow @pgmygive, @giulianarancic, @NBCF and #GIVEHope

You can RSVP for the party at http://www.shespeaks.com/givehope to be eligible to win prizes – invite your friends!

Plus, on September 17, there will be a Facebook app that allows users to donate $1 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (up to $25,000) just by performing a self exam, telling them about it and changing your cover photo to a GIVE Hope hand.

Also this year P & G has two P&G brandSAVER coupon booklets that will be distributed in most local newspapers across the nation on Sept. 30 and Oct. 14. For each coupon redeemed from these books, P&G will donate $0.02 and $0.01 to the National Breast Cancer Foundation respectively (uncapped).

So join us on September 20th for the “Do It For The Girls” Twitter party and invite someone you love :D

 

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  • Michelle Horns

    What a great thing to talk about! We need to all do this. We need to all be aware of the staggering #’s of people that have this. This is an awesome way to get the message out! Thank you for sharing your story!

  • Dee @ Cocktails with Mom

    The topic of breast cancer is a very close topic among my family as well. My mother is a 22+ year survivor. Praise God!!! I cannot express enough the importance of early detection as it can make all the difference. Thanks for being an advocate by spreading helping to the word. This is a reminder that I should do my self exam this month!

  • http://www.facebook.com/ann.odle Ann Odle

    I love the Facebook app; I’ll definitely be sharing that! And I hope to “see” you at the Twitter party too!

  • Lorie Shewbridge

    Thanks so much for sharing your story.
    I have shared this everywhere and hope to be able to participate in the Twitter Party on the 20th.
    HUGGLES!

  • Beeb

    Thank you for sharing your story – I’m so sorry about your auntie Gloria. We never forget those important people in our life, no matter how much time passes. This is a nice way to honor her memory and spread the word about this cause.

  • http://twitter.com/frostedfingers Paula Krueger

    Glad your lump was nothing!

  • http://twitter.com/reelmama Lauren Ivy Chiong

    I just had a family member diagnosed with breast cancer, and I want to get involved in raising awareness. Detection is so important. I am so sorry you lost a loved one at such an early age.

  • Kelly @ Texas Type A Mom

    This is such a great cause – anything that raises awareness of this horrible disease! My mother-in-law was diagnosed two years ago and is still battling with the medications and prosthetics.

  • trisha

    i have had a mammogram! They really are not that bad and i will be doing some outreach on this myself next month. I am so glad you are raising awareness but I am so sorry for your unfortante loss as well. :(

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    I think it’s great progress when we can say getting a mammogram was “not that bad”. Maybe we should start mammogram parties like the Botox parties. Hmmm…I might be on to something :)

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    Oh Kelly, hugs for your MIL!

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    Sorry to hear Lauren, so many people affected…every little bit to raise awareness helps. One person (and mammogram) at a time!

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    Me too! It was scary, especially at 15.

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    Thank you, I think she would be happy I did this.

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    Thanks so much for your help! Every bit helps :D

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    Yup – makes it super easy to donate! Gotta love those apps :D

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    Yay Dee – your mom is an inspiration! I always do my self-exam at the same time of the month. The first day of my period that way I never forget.

  • http://www.wahmbahm.com Ivette Muller

    Thank you for reading this! Too many people have been affected and we need to make sure every woman knows the importance of early detection!

  • http://twitter.com/TheBookWormMama Nicole

    It’s so great that you
    will be teaching your girls how to do a self exam. I’ll have to do the same
    with mine in the future. Knowledge and early detection is so important.

  • http://profiles.google.com/soberjulie Julie Height

    I’m turning 40 this year and am already talking to my Dr about this….nothing scares me quite as much…..Great info!!

  • http://twitter.com/brandyellen Brandy

    I love that you are spreading awareness about this topic, early detection is key and this is a great way to spread the news – blogging and Twitter party!

  • TerriAnn @ Cookies & Clogs

    Breast cancer is so scary and has affected so many women. I’ve yet to get my first mammogram but I don’t dread it. Prevention is so much easier to handle than exhaustive treatments or finding out too late.

  • Groovy Mamma

    Ugh this hits close to home. I lost two relatives last summer to breast cancer within 6 months of each other. My great aunt and her granddaughter who was only 38. Early detection is the kay.

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