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Here’s Why Breast Cancer Awareness is For Everyone…and Not Just in October

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October is one of my favorite seasons.  I think of leaves changing, Halloween, pumpkins, and I also think of awareness.  In October of this year, we celebrated World Ostomy DayMental Health Awareness Week , Domestic Violence Awareness Month, and Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  

It is a month to love ourselves and our bodies – a month of awareness that I think we need to honor every day, all year long.

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It is a month to show our support in whatever way we can – whether it’s sporting a pink ribbon, participating in  run, or learning more about the issue.  This mixed media painting, Dancing Girl, was a piece I created in Yale Hospital. is now in a brand new Breast Cancer Out Patient Center. I couldn’t be prouder to be displaying it in a brand new beautiful Breast Cancer center in Connecticut.

Making art, going to a medical check-up, reaching out to a friend – there are many ways we can spread the word about the importance of women’s health to raise more awareness around breast cancer.  There are many common misconceptions about breast cancer, and to know it exists isn’t enough.  That’s not the kind of awareness that this month is about.  Awareness starts from within – from the intimidating, yet extremely EMPOWERING fact that we have the ability to keep our amazing vessels as healthy as we can! That’s a wise and daily approach to healthcare!

breast cancer awareness pinkAs women, the best stance we can take to breast cancer is prevention, and the best stance anyone can take to any kind of physical illness is good self-care. It’s an effort I try to make daily –   I’ve been through enough already!  So the least I can do is take an empowered approach to my health for the one body I have.  After 27 surgeries, my digestive system was surgically reconstructed with the intestines I had left, and now I want to make sure I fill that system with the best nourishment possible, and do everything I can to take care of myself – inside and out.

NO matter what we’re going through, we need to love, nourish and care our bodies.

What else can I do?  I try to exercise, eat healthy foods, and see my OB-GYN regularly.

Here are some ideas to keep your mind and body healthy:

 

And the biggest healing and recovery resource? Share your story!  If you’re going through something…talk about it!

Sharing our story makes it more palpable for ourselves.  By just speaking it, writing it, dancing it – we reframe what has happened to us in a way that we can easily process.  And the mind and body are definitely related – so take care of all of you!

We can cope with any detour in life if we travel it together.  You are not alone, and just having someone be able to nod their heads in empathy makes things that much easier.

I think what Breast Cancer Awareness is really about: knowing that we’re not alone. Life can be a bit hard and it takes a bit more work at times, but there is some kind of power in numbers here. Knowing we all struggle, we all get frustrated, we all feel messy, sick, angry, sad, or just don’t want to deal – when we know others go through this too, we actually feel human.

So this month – and every month — let’s spread awareness in our world.

But let’s not forget the best kind of awareness – our own.  Take care of you!

Together, we’re stronger.

Creativity is healing for everyone!  So get creative, get mindful, get self-compassionate – and let your body do the rest!

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Amy  is a  PTSD peer-peer specialist, artist, author, speaker for RAINN and TEDx, award-winning health advocate, actress and playwright. 

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  • HilLesha

    This is such an informative post! I agree breast cancer awareness should occur throughout the year, not just October. I lost a wonderful aunt to breast cancer in 1995. – HilLesha

  • sabon click

    this is a best post about breast cancer…………….

  • Ashley Hargrove

    Wow this is great! Breast Cancer awreness is so important!

  • Jacqui @FlightsFancyMom

    I had slacked on getting my mammogram last year, but, got it this past summer. They have the 3D one and I chose to do that even though my insurance didn’t cover it. The hospital makes it relatively cheap for you to get that scan. Great post!

  • Paula

    I absolutely love this post. It is so important for women to maintain their breast health. But when you say it’s for everyone, it really is. Men can get breast cancer, too.

  • Jeanette

    I love this post! You have such wonderful ideas of how to keep healthy for the mind body and spiritually. I just had my first mammogram this year, and very happy to hear that there was nothing wrong. I will continue to do that and I will have my friends do it also. The more aware we are the more we can help our neighbors and friends who have cancer.

  • Vera Sweeney

    So important to take care of your whole body. I do love that October helps to raise awareness for breast cancer, it’s easily over looked.

  • So very true that this is important all year round. Glad you are opening the discussion as it’s an important one to have!

  • Anita Anderson

    I agree with you 100%. Men also are included as they too can get cancer in there breast area.

  • This is great! Spreading breast cancer awareness is very important. Everyone should take good care of themselves and try to stay mentally and physically healthy too.

  • Rebecca Swenor

    It is so important to take care of our bodies. Thinking positive is a great way to start. Art really is therapy for so many people and it is a way to express how we feel. Prevention is the key to good health. Breast cancer does effect everyone. Thanks for sharing the tips and information. We all can spread awareness in one way or antoher.

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