Monday, October 13, 2008

Think Pink

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month and everyone is Thinking Pink. From Yogurt lids, a pink Dyson, and kitchen accessories that are pink.

I started Thinking Pink when I was in college and our sorority (Zeta Tau Alpha) teamed up with the The Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. I did not know a lot back then but knew that it was a wonderful organization and that I wanted to help.

In 1996 I ran/walked my first Race for the Cure with my 1 year old in the stroller. We we were living in Birmingham, Alabama at the time. I remember all the people that had names on the back of their shirts. They were running and walking for loved ones that had been affected by Breast Cancer.

I am sure that in your community there are races and walks that you could participate in. I highly recommend it. My friend Jen and her daughter walked one this weekend and had a great time.

This morning at 8:25 am I will be having my mammogram. It is not to late to start having these done. I had my first one last year as a baseline and now will have one every year.

Have you had a mammogram yet?


Steph said...

Hey, I'm a Zeta too! :)
Haven't had one yet this year!

AJ said...

Since I'm under 40 my doctor doesn't feel it's necessary to test yet. I don't understand that, especially given the percentage of women under 40 who do develop cancer. Did you run into any issues since you are under 40?

Preppy 101 said...

Such a good post. Of course, I have been doing the mammogram appt. for a long time because I am much older than most of you blogging girls, but I am so glad you mentioned it because I really think younger women should be getting them, also. Thank you.

Angie Milford said...

Hi Jennifer thanks for the blog! Yes, it is very important to get a base line well before you are 40, if for no other reason then piece of mind! I had my base line at 37 (all was clear) and then went for my first "40" year mammogram this year and I found out that I have a very aggressive form of breast cancer. We did bi lateral mastectomies and started chemo quickly after...timing is everything...with the type of cancer I have months would have made the difference between a cure or a continued fight! So girls let your doctors know how serious you are about a base doctor was the one who suggested it to me and we have zero cancer in my family history! If your doctor doesn’t listen...then I say find another doctor! I love you Jennifer! Angie

Jennifer said...

I am 33 and I had my first mammogram two years ago after my Dr. found a lump. Turms out it was a fibroadenoma and I had it removed. Waiting for the reults from the breast ultrasound was one of the scariest things of my life.