Saturday, January 1, 2011

Giving Back- A New Year

Up until 2010, no one I knew had been affected by Breast Cancer. Then BOOM...4 people diagnosed, and one of them, gone. Gone too soon.

Over the next year, I'll be adding items to my Proceeds Section over in my Zibbet shop like these earrings and will be donating 25% of each sale to the specific Foundation or Cause. If anyone has any suggestions, please feel free to reply them to this post.

Ladies, GET YOUR MAMMOGRAM, and get it YEARLY, and without fail. Schedule it around the same time as your yearly Pap Smear. Mine is so that right after I leave the GYN's office (who provides me with my yearly sheet to get my mammogram) I can go down two flights to the imaging office and get it done. Even if you can't conveniently do what I do, do it anyway. And, in all frankness, FUCK insurance if you don't have it. Just get the test done and pay the bill off a little at a time if you have to. I watched someone die from Breast Cancer, and let me tell you, it isn't pretty to watch, and I am sure it's even uglier for families to have to endure it. Get the boobs smashed. Quit making excuses. It really doesn't hurt! The only issue I have with it is the confinement (cause once the device has prepared you for the slide, you ain't moving NOWHERE!). It takes less than 10 minutes and if you go to a nice imaging office like I do, they even put you in little rooms while you wait that have TV's and a tray of cookies in the lobby. Ah. Modern Conveniences.

And Men, don't think you are out of the woods, either. Yearly physicals SHOULD include breast exams for you as well. No, you won't have to go through the plastic vise grip, but you should still have your doctor check you for any lumps.

And this goes without saying for everyone, self examination is also crucial at any age once breast tissue starts to form (I once worked with a young lady who was diagnosed at EIGHTEEN). If you want to learn more about breast cancer or make a direct donation, visit the Susan G. Komen site for valuable and life saving information.


PussDaddy said...

I am so sorry you lost so many to breast cancer. I have no excuse for not getting a mammogram as I get it free. Thanks for the reminder and for your donations.


Ruthie's Girl Designs said...

PD, I hope you go this year and get your yearly exam, especially since yours don't cost you anything. It's such a treatable cancer if caught early! I'd not wish that battle on anyone.

NeverTooOld said...

So sorry for the loss of your friend and the people afflicted by breast cancer. I love the fact you are so passionate about spreading the word. Kudos to you and wish you all the best in 2011.


Anonymous said...

Il semble que vous soyez un expert dans ce domaine, vos remarques sont tres interessantes, merci.

- Daniel

Ruthie's Girl Designs said...

Daniels Translation:

It appears that you are expect in this field. Your remarks are very interesting. Thank you.

jswrites said...

I go for my slammogram (nurse friend's name for them) every year, and fortunately they're free here too. The technicians are always nice, great about answering questions, and respecting how daunting that first experience can be. Get the test!

Another great source of info and support is an organization I've worked with for a long time:

Ruthie's Girl Designs said...

JS. Thanks for the info! It is very important to get a yearly exam.