Friday, March 21, 2014

Happies and Crappies: Breast Cancer Awareness

It's a pretty happy week all around, a little busy and hectic, but overall this has been a very happies kind of week. So let's just roll out to the link up with Steph and Amber shall we...


Happies: 

1. I'm pretty proud of myself for sticking to my goals for this week and really putting in the effort to keep my personal blog updated and starting a Facebook page for it! When I reach 100 likes I'm going to host a giveaway here with my wonderful friend Katie who just started her own personal blog, check her out at Busy Bee Kate

2. My birthday gift from the hubby came in the mail today! 


How fabulous is my Atutudes tutu!! I can't wait to wear it for the Philadelphia Mother's Day Race for the Cure breast cancer walk. Last year was my first time participating in the Susan G. Komen 5K and I saw so many fabulous tutus. That got me thinking about Kristal over at Atutudes, I just knew she was the right woman to contact! Kristal is a sweetheart, and if you want to feel like a Princess too then she is your girl! PS, I'm also wearing my Mila Rose Designs floral headband in this photo, Melis is another sweety and she is going to be giving away one of her headbands when I reach 100 likes on my Facebook page along with some goodies from others! 

Here we are last year at the walk...


We were supporting one of my sister's friends from high school who recently battled breast cancer, she is in the bottom right photo between my sister and I. Unbelievable and scary to think that someone my age is dealing with this. She is doing very well though and recently got married and had a beautiful baby girl! I was also there to honor a very close family friend we lost last February, the beautiful Cindy Fallon...


She was only 53 years old. I think about her often, and especially around this time of year. Her family participates in the For Pete's Sake Cancer Walk at Citizen's Bank Park where the Phillies play. It's a wonderful cause, For Pete's Sake helps cancer patients and their families take a break from cancer and sends them on vacation. 

Crappies: 

1. Well, it did start out as a happy post, and still is because I know Cindy is no longer suffering, but breast cancer and all cancers need a cure. So that's my crappies for the week and pretty much until we find a cure. It's so terrifying to hear that word. 

To speak honestly here...this week just before my cycle (ladies you know what I'm talking about!), I was feeling very sore, and on the one side it was more painful than the other. I started thinking what if, but then I did some research and learned that breast cancer lumps aren't usually painful, however there is something called Mastalgia. I thought "Great this is something that is going to occur once a month?!" So you're asking what is it? Well, between the ages of 30 to 50 a woman may experience some pain and heaviness in her breasts just before her cycle, lucky us right?! However, there can also be a non-cycle pain caused by a cyst or a fibroadenoma. So, ladies either way, no matter what is going on and if you think you feel something or if you are experiencing this pain, you should keep up with your yearly appointments and get anything serious checked out. Early detection saves live. I am pretty sure it's just this cycle type of pain that is occurring but I do have my yearly check up next month.


Update: Here is a link where you can donate to my fundraising efforts for the Susan G. Koman Mother's Day Race for the Cure in Philadelphia. 


7 comments:

  1. I think it's great that you are participating in the breast cancer walk and are helping raise awareness. One of Stephen's co-workers who is also right around our age was diagnosed with Stage IV breast cancer out of the blue, and it's really scary to think that it can happen to any of us. Luckily, she has access to great care and is doing better, but there are so many people who don't have access to affordable insurance and also don't have the education to know what to look for in their breasts and bodies. I want to do more to help fight cancer and raise awareness, but other than donating money when I can, I feel like so far, I'm not doing enough. It's so sad that for so many people, there is no help, or it comes too late. Thank you for inspiring me to do better.

    P.S. I wrote a response to your comment on my blog, but just wanted to give you a heads up that I still can't respond by email. It still lists you as a "no-reply blogger." Hopefully, you can find a way to fix it in Google+.

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  2. P.P.S. If I can donate to the funds you're raising for the walk, please let me know.

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  3. I love the tutu & that you're going to wear it for such a good cause!

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  4. Love the helpful hint at the end of the post, thank you. Love that you're standing up for a good cause. Cute blog, too, btw :)

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  5. You look so adorbs in that tutu, Diana!!

    xx

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  6. Thanks for this great reminder telling me to do my exams! Always gotta be on top of those things. And I am following your page on FB now. :)

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  7. I agree with the ladies above - thank you for the helpful hint and you look so adorable in your tutu!!! Oh my goodness, I love that photo. Have a great day, darling and talk to you soon. xoxo

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