I can’t be there for my loved ones if I don’t take care of myself!

I can’t be there for my loved ones if I don’t take care of myself!
#NationalBreastCancerAwareness

According to the American Cancer Society, nearly 250,000 people will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year. Although there are fundraisers and walks to raise money throughout the entire year, The American Cancer Society strives to raise awareness by promoting National Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October. Even Snapchat has a filter for it (see my picture waiting to go in)! I don’t always have my mammograms in October, but this year, mine was on October 19th. It can be awkward and uncomfortable, but the technicians are always nice, and it is quick. I already received a letter today through my healthcare provider portal stating that my mammogram was normal. I have received abnormal results in the past including two biopsies that turned out to be benign, so it is scary each time worrying that they might find something, but I go every year.

Waiting to go in

Waiting to go in

I know so many people who are too scared to go or make excuses of why they don’t have time to go, but early detection is very important. I work full time, write books and blog posts, and am a mother of three daughters. It would be easy to make excuses to not go, but I keep going. I have reflected on the meaning of life more often than I should admit, and as of today, I have come to the conclusion that my purpose for living is to love others. That sounds simple, yet it carries so much weight and responsibility. One way that I show my love to others is to take care of myself. If you want to show your loved ones how much you care about them, take care of yourself too.

#NationalBreastCancerAwareness

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