It’s October

Well, it’s already the last full week of October. Where did the time go? It’s true that with so much going on, the time does pass quickly – elections, prepping for cold weather runs and races, and it’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

I hope that all of you take the time to perform your monthly self-exams and this is a good time to schedule your next mammogram /exam with your physician. I recently attended a luncheon and the speaker was a breast cancer specialist who presented some of the new research and treatment methods available to patients. It was wonderful to hear that this disease is no longer regarded as the death sentence from 20 years ago.

Statistics continue to indicate that one person in eight will be touched by breast cancer. I’m sure that most of you know of at least one person who either has been diagnosed with breast cancer or is caring for a loved one or friend. I believe that having a supportive community can do wonders for the emotional health of the patients and physicians agree that stress management plays a huge role in one’s treatment and recovery. This community of care is vital for women in general because while we tend to be the caregivers, we are not always good about letting others care for us. So, if you know of someone dealing with a diagnosis of breast cancer, or even a long time survivor, be open to talk and listen, run some errands, go for a walk, or make a meal for them. It doesn’t take much to impact someone’s day in a positive way.

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