Sunday, October 4, 2009

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Yesterday...I walked for the cure for the first time! My walk was dedicated to the honor of Katherine, a grandmother figure to me who had a mastectomy as a result of breast cancer and to the memory of Barbara, my aunt in law who lost her battle with breast cancer 5 years ago...I still miss her so much.

The thought of breast cancer has had such an impact on my life since I was 17 years old and found a lump in my breast. I had to have a lumpectomy but was lucky, the lump was benign. Ever since then I have tried to be proactive in reminding the women closest to me about the importance of checking their breasts. Early detection is key to beating this disease!

Walking for hope at Nomahegan Park in Cranford, NJ.

I am so excited to announce that Shimmerz Paints is showing support for breast cancer awareness!!

"It's October! That means it's National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We wanted to show our support by showing our Pink!! For the whole month of October, we will be sharing Pink projects created by our Shimmerz Girlz! BUT, we want you to get involved also. We want you to create projects using ANY Pink Shimmerz that you have! Any shade of pink. Then, upload it to the Shimmerz Flickr Group! Each Design Team Member will choose their favorite project, and each winner will receive something Pink! We are excited to see what you come up with! Stop by all month to see what the Design Team creates using Pink! Let's not just create, but inspire and spread the word. Post it on your blog, and let others know! Let your light Shimmer!"
If you would like to make a donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation to further breast cancer awareness and research, click here.
Thanks so much for your attention...remember...check yourself!


Brown English Muffin said...

I've had problems with my breasts since I was about 24 years old.

Every time they find a lump I have a FNA done, then even when the results come back benign they still remove it.

I think what bothers me the most and I've said it a million times but I'll still say it again. If this problem was one that was suffered by males mostly, the procedures to detect would not be as painful.

If a man had to have his penis squashed to a 1 inch height there would be NO penal cancer.

If a man had to endure a painful penis MRI there would be no penal cancer.

I don't mean to be vulgar at all but sometimes beating around the bush doesn't get the point across properly.

My mammograms and MRI's are extremely painful and if I didn't have to have them I wouldn't, if I could get out of them I would.

I don't understand how we can put men on the moon, event the car but can't invent machines to detect cancer better for women.

theelfqueen said...

Thanks for posting this, Tanisha! Great getting the word out!

Chrispea said...

Wow Tanisha, you were so young, but I'm glad you found it and were able to get it taken care of. I'm battling breast cancer myself. I'm doing chemo, then surgery, then more chemo, then radiation... best thing to do is get those boobies checked. btw, there is no history of it in our family, I'm the first. No one is safe. take care, Chris

Lisa T. Howard said...

Tanisha, I am so behind you on this one. The more we do to spread the word the better. Glad to know your scare ended with good news but so sorry to read of those you know who battled the disease. Thanks for posting this. {{{hugs}}} L

ellen s. said...

i think it is awesome you walked. 17? holy moly...glad all is well and i am sure it has left you vigilant. hope you come hang with us at SS for the Breast Cancer crop...we got lots of goodies lined up ;)

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