If You’ve Ever Been Close To Cancer (sponsored video)

February 23, 2012

When I was in college my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer.  She was young (in her forties) and although she found her cancer at an early stage, the diagnosis and treatment was difficult for our family. Because I was away at school I wasn’t able to physically be there to give her hugs, bring her a glass of water, or hold her hair back when she felt sick, but that didn’t mean I didn’t understand how tough it was.

Twenty years later, my mom is cancer-free, but during the time that has passed I have known others who were diagnosed with cancer, including my dad, and no matter what the outcome, cancer sucks.

I believe that the only fighting chance we have is in taking care of ourselves in the best way possible, which includes finding a little laughter in each day, eating well, and getting a regular dose of exercise. If you’ve ever been close to cancer, then this little video from the American Caner Society might hit home.

We all need to do everything we can, whether it’s walking as a group or running solo. I know I need to be more in tune with my body. This month, I promise to do a self breast exam and to make an appointment with the dermatologist (because aside from my lesions, I have a “spot” I need to get checked out). What can you do to take care of yourself this month?
 

 

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2 Responses to If You’ve Ever Been Close To Cancer (sponsored video)

  1. Abby on February 24, 2012 at 5:49 am

    Unfortunately, I don’t know of one person on this planet that hasn’t been touched by cancer in some way. The scary thing is that lately, I feel like it’s happening more and more to people I know and that I’m close to. Like I said, it’s scary and leaves you feeling so helpless.

    All we can do is take care of ourselves the best that we can, not only so we can try and prevent it from hitting us, but also so we can be strong for those around us who need that support.

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  2. Anne at Always Half Full on February 29, 2012 at 12:23 pm

    I have definitely been making more of a conscious effort to eat better. I need to get the exercise in. Once baby #2 comes I have a plan for myself to actually exercise while simultaneously taking care of a toddler and newborn (crazy, I know). I started going to my dermatologist regularly (well, I’ve only been once but I set the appointment for next year like she asked me to). And I do self breast exams since I had a noncancerous growth 7 years ago. Thanks for the reminder to make sure I’m doing what I can!

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