Breast Cancer Awareness

You’ll notice that my blog and social media (links below) have all been turned pink because, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month stores will fill a section of their building with all things pink, NFL teams will wear pink with their uniforms, and money will be raised all over the country for research and treatments.

I’ve always supported breast cancer awareness because I always thought that it was a good cause (just like wearing red for cardiac care or purple for domestic violence awareness). However, now I support this cause for much more personal reasons. When I was a freshman in college my Aunt Helen was diagnosed with Stage 3 Breast Cancer. We got her diagnosis on September 7th which is also a friends birthday. We had plans to go out that night and I was trying really hard to not dampen the mood while we were supposed to be celebrating.

My aunt called me, and she said not to worry because she felt positive that everything would work out fine. She was doing well for a while. She was responding well to treatment,s although chemo really wore her down. After about 6 months her health started to decline again, and her doctor started on a newer more aggressive treatment. She responded really well to it but despite the progress, she progressed to Stage 4. The day that she died, I was a sophomore. I woke up in a really strange mood but brushed it off and assumed it was nothing. My friend and I decided to go to Starbucks before class that day and my mom called to give me the news.

Since then our family have gotten more involved in supporting the cause locally. Participating in the Breast Cancer Walk every year, raising money when we celebrate her birthday and donating it and simple things like that.

With that said, I’ve listed a few things that I think people should know about breast cancer specifically:

  • 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer
  • Breast cancer does not only affect women. About 2,000 are diagnosed annually
  • About 85% of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer have no family history of it
  • There are 2.8 million women with a history of breast cancer in the U.S.

Below I will leave links to a few resources including how to do a breast exam at home.


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Author: Bookmark Chronicles

Hi! I'm Rae. 23. Avid Reader, Book Blogger. Intersectional Feminist. Gryffindor.

15 thoughts on “Breast Cancer Awareness”

        1. oh wow so it’coming up soon. My aunt passed in November (which sucked bc it was right before Thanksgiving but it was after her birthday with is in two weeks) Every year on her birthday we have a party to celebrate, it helps as far as coping

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  1. I’m so sorry to hear about your Aunt, Rae, & about B’s Grandmother. I lost my Mom to breast cancer in 1996.

    I think changing your page to show your support for Breast Cancer Awareness month is a brilliant idea. Might I beg your leave (sorry, I’m reading Shakespeare & I start talking like him because I’m weird like that LOL) to do the same to my page? I’ll totally give you credit & share this post! (I’ll share the post, regardless. lol)

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    1. Thank you Ariel, I’m sorry to hear about your mom. That must have been incredibly difficult. Of course you can change the color of your blog and no need to give me credit it’s not like I invented the color pink haha 🙂
      BTW depending on your layout you might have to “create” the color yourself. That’s what I had to do!

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      1. Thank you for your sympathy. It was very difficult, & some days it still is.

        Thanks for the tips on changing stuff around! I managed to do it, I think. I’m hoping that I won’t have too many (more! I already ran into a few!) font color issues. LOL

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  2. Reblogged this on Writing Radiation and commented:

    October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I lost my Mom to breast cancer in 1996 & the disease is still claiming so many loved ones.

    I’ve changed my blog’s background color to pink for breast cancer awareness month (many thanks & much respect to Rae for giving me the idea!!).

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