Monday, August 16, 2010

Awareness




I did some blog hopping last week and came across some great blog parties and found some new friends. Welcome to you guys and I look forward to some new friendships. I am amazed at the people that I've already met blogging and on facebook that I don't know outside of the social media world. Holly over at http://www.diamondpotential.com gave me an Awareness Promoting Award this week and I couldn't be more proud.I would post the button but something is not working properly. *sigh* You can check out her site and see the button! Being diagnosed at an early age with breast cancer gave me a voice to use and I want to be sure that I do my part for education. Dr. R told me once that the knowledge could be an asset if I used it correctly. He stated that everyone did not want to research and learn but he knew it was important to me, but to be sure that it did not defeat me.

So...... remember ladies that you can get a baseline mammo at age 35 and an annual mammo at age 40. That hog wash that was presented to the nation last year in the form of a "STUDY" telling us not to have a mammo until age 50 was full of bull. That study seems to have disappeared as quickly as it appeared. Just so you know - I hunted those people down like a vulture hunts its prey. I sent each and every one of them my opinion. Had I followed their professional opinion regarding mammo and self breast exams I would not be here typing this note. Suggesting that self breast exams don't serve a purpose and that a woman does not need a mammo until age 50 is absurd. It disregards years and years of research and efforts to get young women educated that "young women can and do get breast cancer". Why on earth would we need the "Young Survival Coalition" if breast cancer targets the over 50 crowd? That group of survivors will tell you quickly how they feel about early detection, mammography and breast self exams (at an early age).

We all have an area of awareness that we are passionate about. Share it with me - link it to Holly's page. Get your message out. What a great opportunity we have to learn from one another. This is not a new process. We are able to "sharpen" each other. We each have areas of expertise even if we don't have a platform we are passionate about. Let's just be passionate about serving and sharpening one another. Proverbs 27:17 As iron sharpens iron, so one man sharpens another.
Love you guys.

2 comments:

Avery's Mommy said...

I was SHOCKED when that study came out. Sounds more to me like the new gov. national healthcare program didn't want to PAY for the mammo so they got some phony doctors to write up that insane study. Get em Diane!

Faith, Trust, and a Little Pixie Dust said...

I'm so proud of inspiring people like you who have survived breast cancer. My "passionate cause" is "Inflammatory Breast Cancer" because so few people know about it, it is VERY aggressive, and my dear MIL died of it very recently. Please see my blog if you want to know more:
http://michellelunt.blogspot.com/2010/08/i-believe-shes-amazing-tribute-to-mom.html