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9.22.2008

mod*mom breast cancer giveaway :: 2 pink dyson vacuums $300

dyson is launching their new spage age dyson DC16 root 6 pink vacuum + i'm so excited they're sharing 2 vacuums with lucky mod*mom readers!

"Dyson is proud to support breast cancer research with the introduction of the DC16 Pink. The limited edition vacuum, which uses Dyson’s patented cyclone technology + does not lose suction, is available exclusively at Target. Dyson + Target will donate over $1 million to The Breast Cancer Research Foundation from sales of the DC16 Pink. Dyson understands how critical research is in advancing early breast cancer detection + treatment, + is dedicated to supporting efforts to develop a cure in our lifetime."

as a breast cancer survivor, i'm so excited dyson is offering these giveaway prizes + raising awareness that 1 in 8 women in the us will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime according to the american cancer society.

to enter to win a dyson dc16 pink vacuum, tell me in the comments how breast cancer has affected you + ways you can detect it early.
(include your email address + blog url, so i can contact you when you win)
if you have a blog, please link to mod*mom before midnight october 31

by ~mod*mom~ at 22.9.08 ©

346 Comments:

This is such a great cause. I am thankful that I never had breast cancer, and no one in my family ever did, but reading your blog has really affected me, not in a negative way, but now I know that it happens to new moms, really young woman, celebrities and normal people, even men sometimes. In fact, I heard a lot of stories about new moms having breast cancer, you, on tv, some friend's friends. I will be a new mom in a few months, and it won't be just about me anymore, I need to do all I can to be here to take care of that little one. That includes giving money to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, examining my breast every month (and know how to do it), asking my doctor when I'm not sure about something, and getting lots of information. And that pink Dyson, if it's available in Canada, well I'll buy it, because it's cute, it's the best vacuum cleaner and it will help finding a cure.

By Blogger mel, at 9/22/2008 9:13 AM  

My mother-in-law is a breast cancer survivor. I keep in mind my monthly checks and bug my mom and grandma about them, too. I have a cool hangy thing for my shower that has a reminder to women on one side and a reminder to men on the other.

By Blogger melonkelli, at 9/22/2008 10:23 AM  

The only woman in my family who has had breast cancer is my aunt (not a blood relative) but when she was diagnosed we all felt ready to support her emotionally and physically because of the work my mom has done over the years as a home health care nurse. She treats a lot of post-op women and feels it is important to treat them holistically because it is a cancer that affects ones identity as a woman so often and because it can run rampant in families: she tried to care for the whole woman and the whole family.

Now I have two daughters and know I will teach them about self breast exams and be ablet to tell them about the strength of my aunt (and sooo many women) and the compassion of their grandmother.

thanks for the chance!

By Anonymous Sarah, at 9/22/2008 10:34 AM  

Too many of my mom's friends have been diagnosed with breast cancer, one who died a couple of years ago, and several who have thankfully entered remission. It affects woman of all ages. I'm in my 30's and am sure to do those monthly checks, and have unfortunately had a couple of friends who have had scares and one who was recently diagnosed.

By Anonymous Lee-Ann, at 9/22/2008 10:45 AM  

The author of this great blog I read has had breast cancer, and I've appreciated her reminders to check for lumps. (Thank you!)

emilygcraig@hotmail.com

By Blogger Emily, at 9/22/2008 10:50 AM  

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By Blogger Katina, at 9/22/2008 11:39 AM  

How completely awesome of Dyson and Target (my home away from home) to donate to the cause! As an Inflammatory Breast Cancer SURVIVOR and the daughter of a SURVIVOR, breast cancer has affected me in innumerable ways. Apart from the typical lifestyle derailment and physical ailment (ha! I rhyme!), cancer caused one major transformation in life.

My Breast Cancer diagnosis gave me a direction. I now have a focus and a goal to work towards that I previously lacked. I intend to bring breast cancer out of the closet and into the light of day. I want women to share their stories, how they found thier lumps, or lack of lumps (you don't have to have a lump, you know. I didn't). I want women to share their scars. We should be proud of what we've come through. We have survived. The more we talk about our experiences the more our friends, relatives, children will KNOW what to look for, what happens, what treatment is about. Where there is knowledge there is less fear. Where there is knowledge there is power. Where there is powere there is change.

That is how breast cancer has changed my life. I hope it never has to change some one else's.

By Blogger Imstell, at 9/22/2008 12:03 PM  

I lost my grandma to breast cancer. Even after removing both breasts. I know it's in my family so I do self breast checks and go to my annual and have mammograms!
tvollowitz at aol dot com

By Blogger Stephanie, at 9/22/2008 12:16 PM  

Breast cancer has not effected me in the profound ways of those who receive a diagnosis or who are close to somebody who does. Breast Cancer awareness inspires me to live a more healthy life and to do monthly exams.


hollydart at yahoo dot com
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By Blogger Holly Dart, at 9/22/2008 2:26 PM  

My mom's best friend died of breast cancer and it was terrible to watch her 8 kids lose their mom at such a young age. I have learned what a lump can feel like and periodically do self exams, just to be sure. You can never be too careful!

tiffany dot leemaster at gmail dot com

By Blogger Tiffany, at 9/22/2008 4:13 PM  

As a fellow breast cancer survivor, I would tell all women to get a breast exam by a professional (my gyn found mine early and made me get a mammogram and sonogram) in addition to being aware of changes in your own body. I'm thankful for companies like Dyson that are actively supporting the fight against breast cancer---these are the companies that I want to support as a consumer--besides the fact that the dc16 is a totally cool product that I would love to own! Donna (donnssp@pacbell.net)

By Anonymous donnasp@pacbell.net, at 9/22/2008 5:12 PM  

As a fellow breast cancer survivor, I would tell all women to get a breast exam by a professional (my gyn found mine early and made me get a mammogram and sonogram) in addition to being aware of changes in your own body. I'm thankful for companies like Dyson that are actively supporting the fight against breast cancer---these are the companies that I want to support as a consumer--besides the fact that the dc16 is a totally cool product that I would love to own! Donna (donnssp@pacbell.net)

By Anonymous donnasp@pacbell.net, at 9/22/2008 5:13 PM  

While no one in my immediate family has had breast cancer, I do know of several people (former coworker, my daughters daycare provider) that have been affected by it. I am impressed with the strength they have shown and the courage they have had to fight this horrible disease head on and win. I am 42 now, but the dr. detected a breast lump when I was 39. I have had another mammogram since then, and all appears to be well, (just lumpy breasts they tell me) but I am vigilant in self exam and awareness. I think it is great that so many corporate sponsors are doing something to help fund research for this disease, and I applaud Dyson for doing so as well.

micaela6955 at msn dot com

By Blogger micaela6955, at 9/22/2008 6:50 PM  

Last November, I discovered a lump on my wife's breast. We were very lucky as we caught it early and she was treated very quickly. Nevertheless, radiation and chemo owned much of our time and energy from November until June. We learned to take life a little easier, try not to have both of us running low on spiritual energy at the same time and how important back, neck and foot rubs are in stressful times. We know nothing is guaranteed as far as future incidences go, so we try to enjoy each day as much as possible

By Blogger Berek, at 9/22/2008 7:29 PM  

It's wonderful to see that another company is sponsoring Breast Cancer awareness. It is so important to do self examinations and to get regular check ups to include mammograms. Most people think that this is a female disease and I just want to mention that Men get Breast Cancer as well and they too should check and pay attention to any abnormalities. I know a gentleman that has had it twice. Thank You for having this giveaway along with Dyson to help spread the word.

By Blogger exotic1, at 9/22/2008 7:34 PM  

Everything pink that companies are doing to promote breast cancer awareness is so important! Our family has been touched this year by the insidiousness of this disease when one friend died and another is experiencing a recurrence after five years of remission. It is heartbreaking to see what they must go through. Everyone--please do your monthly exams--have your annual mammogram--and support those companies who are participating in the fight.

By Blogger Linda, at 9/22/2008 7:53 PM  

I have had an aunt and several friends and friends of friends who have had breast cancer. I feel supporting those who are undergoing treatment, walking the walks for awareness, and support companies that support the cause are wonderful ways to help in addition to breast self exams. I am glad to see Dyson joining the ranks of companies that are helping and allowing us to have a chance to win one of their wonderful vacuums!

By Blogger Aimee, at 9/22/2008 8:38 PM  

My favorite aunt is a breast cancer survivor... I love her and will support the cause in her honor!

-- LTV Mom
laptoptelevision (at) yahoo (dot) com

By Anonymous Laptop Television Mom, at 9/22/2008 10:23 PM  

I am very lucky in that there has not been any breast cancer in my family. One way to detect it early is to have a baseline mammogram at 35 which I just had a few weeks ago. This way when I start to get mammo's on a regular basis at 40 they have a starting point. Great cause.

By Blogger dcala, at 9/23/2008 5:41 AM  

I was affected by breast cancer when one of my best friends was diagnosed with this, she was brave and had a mascectomy. She is now cancer free for two years. Tips for all you woman and men are to get your yearly mamogram and don't forget your self breast exam every month.
Stephanie
stephmd222@hotmail.com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/23/2008 5:42 AM  

i had the unfortunate situation of losing my mother-in-law and my step-mother in the same year to breast cancer. my mother-in-law died while i was on my way home from visiting her at the hospital so by the time i got home my wife was a wreck because she had already been told. in the case of my step-mother i got the call at work two days before i was suppose to fly back for what was planned as a last visit. i moved the flight up a much as i could but ended up arriving in town at the point that the remembrance was suppose to start. she chose to be cremated and asked for a small quick ceremony so by the time i arrived straight from the airport everything was already pretty much over.

in that same year i also almost lost a dear friend to it as well. luckily in that case the self checks and annual checks with a doctor caught it soon enough that chemotherapy was able to get rid of it. thankfully it has not yet returned and she is as healthy as ever.

so please remember it does infect as well as affect guys. true it is rarer that guys get breast cancer but it does happen. seems that a lot of people seem to forget that.

empallin-at-yahoo-.-com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/23/2008 6:38 AM  

I just found out a friend's mother is a breast cancer survivor. I had no idea and I've known her mom for 10 years. My friend is walking to raise funds for cancer research and so she sent out an e-mail asking for donations. In that e-mail, she mentioned that her mother is a survivor. That was a shock to me. I had no idea.

I'm grateful that she's been cancer-free for a while now, but it breaks my heart to hear about what she and her whole family went through.

offthespaceship at myway dot com

By Blogger Reiza, at 9/23/2008 6:44 AM  

my aunt had breast cancer when i was really young, and they thought she beat it. then when i was about 9 they found it had returned, but had travelled to her brain. they fought it for 2 more years but cancer won the battle. we lived pretty far from my aunt so i don't know very well what she went through, but i know that watching my mum slowly lose her only sister and only sibling was one of the hardest things i still have ever seen.

By Blogger Laurie, at 9/23/2008 7:37 AM  

No one in my family has had breast cancer, but my best friend's mother was diagnosed late last year. She underwent a double mastectomy. She was diagnosed just after her aunt, to whom she was very close, died of breast cancer, which made it all the more "real" and devastating to the family. It's just heartbreaking; her mother is the sweetest person, and her family is so close. However, her mother is expected to recover -- she's doing really well.

Email: dannygirl[at]hotmail[dot]com

By Blogger Kait, at 9/23/2008 7:54 AM  

Forgot my early detection tip--if breast cancer runs in your family, make sure you talk to your doctor about getting scanned regularly.

By Blogger Kait, at 9/23/2008 7:57 AM  

It has always scared me. I've been running into lumps for the last few years (including right now), but the past ones have been from hormones and they eventually went away. It's scary, but I've always been told to wait a few months to see if they'll go away. I'm in the middle of that waiting period and that's the worst part.

By Blogger Kittens-a-Cattin', at 9/23/2008 8:16 AM  

In the past year I had:

*A dear friend from high school get diagnosed, go through chemo and have a double mastectomy. Today she is cancer free.

*Lost a friend from my mom's group. She went into remission and had her miracle baby (son #2) after being told that at 26 she wouldn't have any more children. Unfortunately at the end of her pregnancy she had severe back pain only to find out that not only had her breast cancer come back, but it had spread to her spine and brain, then just mere weeks later into her spinal fluid. She passed 4 days before Christmas surrounded by her beloved little boys, family and most likely the spirit of her sister who she lost just months earlier to breast cancer.

Because of these 2 very strong, amazing women I make sure to do monthly breast self exams. That is how my first friend found her cancer-early.

By Blogger Ursula, at 9/23/2008 8:30 AM  

My friend had BC so that made me go and get checked out

luckydolls123[at]verizon[dot]net

By Blogger dolls123, at 9/23/2008 8:32 AM  

My favorite dearest sweetest most wonderful cousin has suffered with breast cancer. She is one of the bravest most interesting women I know. I admire her creativity, determination, and genuine personality so much and thanks to her I started getting regular mammograms in my late 30's. Because of her I am more vigilant about my breast health.

By Anonymous Michelle C., at 9/23/2008 9:21 AM  

I'm thankful that I haven't had it yet, although it a concern of mine. My mother's sisters all had breast cancer and eventually died of other types. I've been going for regular memmograms since my middle 30's.

By Blogger Huguette E., at 9/23/2008 9:40 AM  

My mother-in-law finished her radiation the week before our wedding and has not had a reocurrence in 5 years. It was scary to see such a vibrant woman lose so much of her energy. She's doing so well now. My best friend's mother went through treatment 10 years ago and has been a fantastic advocate for herself and others by becoming very active in raising funds for research. Both of these women serve as reminders to do self exams and get regular mammograms.

Go Dyson for promoting visibility and supporting research!

By Blogger Elif, at 9/23/2008 9:50 AM  

My grandmother had breast cancer and a mastectomy. She beat it and lived a long life afterward. I am currently in nursing school and have been learning about the occurance of all types of cancer. Breast cancer is very prevalent and I am always sure to do my bse's. Thanks so much mod mom for always reminding us to do our bse, and for being an advocate for breast cancer awareness!

Laura
shaqlover32@gmail.com
http://the-hoover-family.blogspot.com

By Blogger Laura, at 9/23/2008 1:11 PM  

Thank you Mod*Mom for being such a great advocate for breast cancer awareness and early detection! My family has lost two very close friends to breast cancer and my husband lost his aunt to breast cancer. Thanks for this offer-
Amy
amygay@gmail.com

By Anonymous Amy, at 9/23/2008 1:39 PM  

My Grandma was 25. She had two children and a career when she had her first mastectomy due to breast cancer. She was fine for a long time. She had two grandchildren by the time it came back. This time it had progressed into lymphangiosarcoma, a deadly progression. She fought it for four years and passed away at age 64. I loved her so much.

Now, I'm 25. I have two kids and I have had a baseline mammogram and give myself exams every month. I take vitamin E, exercise and hope that I can be healthy until much later in life.

By Blogger Lori, at 9/23/2008 2:21 PM  

We recently lost a co-worker to breast cancer and it was something none of us were prepared to face. I can't stress enough how important it really is to get a regular annual checkup and do monthly breast self-examinations. Only you know your body better than anyone else so you'll always be the first to notice any abnormal changes.

fertawert AT yahoo DOT com

By Anonymous sarah, at 9/23/2008 2:26 PM  

My mother and aunt both died as a result of breast cancer which spread to their bones and brain. The feeling of helplessness forced me to focus on early detection. At 35, I started having an annual mammogram and breast sonogram. This year I had an MRI. At 44, I've had a few scares along the way - but I know if caught early - my chances of survival are much higher!

By Blogger dianag, at 9/23/2008 3:15 PM  

I have yet to have any family members afflicted with it. I've been very conscious of it because two of my close friends (both within 5 years of my age) battle with cancer.
As a mid-20s woman I recognize that my generation will have way too many people with cancer in it. As a result, I do monthly self checks and stay aware of all the latest cancer research.
bebemiqui82(at)yahoo(dot)com

By Blogger Bebemiqui, at 9/23/2008 3:42 PM  

Both my grandmother and her twin sister are breast cancer survivors. I'm so grateful they're still here with us at almost 85 years old. But it makes me very aware that it can happen to anyone.

It's important to know how to give yourself a self breast exam. Feel with different pressures, know what your breasts feel like in general. Know the facts about lumps, like cancerous ones tend to dig in roots and don't usually move around...but all lumps should be checked. Anyway, those are things all women should know.

scblog at hotmail dot com

By Blogger Natalie, at 9/23/2008 5:25 PM  

My family has been fortunate in avoiding breast cancer but several of my mother's friends have been diagnosed. Irritatingly, my mom still won't get a mammogram although she is 60 years old and probably ought to be paying more attention. I lecture her about self-checks all the time.

By Blogger Naomi, at 9/23/2008 7:38 PM  

Great cause! My Great Aunt died of it, a few other women in my family have as well. It is a big deal for me, since it runs in my family. I guess monthly self exams & being proactive by going to the doctor yearly, etc. Great giveaway!

By Blogger Ginny, at 9/24/2008 6:31 AM  

While I have never had breast cancer and no-one in my family either I have had cancer twice, cervical in 1988 and colon in 2000.
Because each of my cancers were caught early as a result of my always having my pap smears and fecal smears done yearly I am a loud champion of never, ever put off routine screening that is available. Even now I have my yearly mammogram, my yearly vaginal pap smear (yes there is vaginal cancer even after a hysterectomy) and my 3 year colonoscopy. I am 72 now and my goal is to live to be 100 and even if I don't it won't be for lack of trying or ignoring my cancer screenings.

By Blogger mensa63, at 9/24/2008 7:01 AM  

My best friend is right now in the process of getting a lumpectomy. I am very nervous and scared for her.

Regularly checking once a month. She told me about a funny bump and I said GET IN TO THE DOCTOR NOW!

ajcmeyer AT go DOT com

By Blogger Abby, at 9/24/2008 7:31 AM  

Last week I got news that a lump was benign. I am nursing a four month old baby so you can imagine how in many many ways this was good news. However, I have friends who are battling breast cancer, as well as other cancers, and the more research to find a cure or better treatment, the better!

jennmckim AT hotmail DOT com

By Blogger Glenn+Jenn+Owen+Ian, at 9/24/2008 7:41 AM  

I unfortunately lost my two aunts to breast cancer so I am aware of how important it is to be tested early. I have recently looked into the possiblity of thermal testing which can detect cancer much earlier than a mammogram.

By Blogger Deborah, at 9/24/2008 8:35 AM  

My grandmother was lost to cancer in 1991. She started out with breast cancer then it transferred into her lungs. This was such a great loss to our whole family. She was the glue that held us together. Since her death her children have gone seperate ways with some not speaking to others. Her daughter has had breast cancer and is a survivor.
Thank You for your committment to breast cancer research!!

By Anonymous Tisha Amerson - tamerson71@windstream.net, at 9/24/2008 9:06 AM  

My sister was diagnosed with three cancers at the same time: breast, colon and lung. They removed part of the colon and removed the breast to get a clear shot at the lung with the chemo/radiation treatment. It turned out to just be too much for her body to take and she had a seizure at home and died. This points up the need not only for an annual breast exam but also a primary care physician who will have you schedule other types of exams as you age.

By Blogger Betty N, at 9/24/2008 10:34 AM  

My mother had breast cancer at age 50. After surgery and radiation she went on to live to age 82. She was very, very lucky. It has made her daughters and grand daughters pay very careful attention to early detection bymamograms and self-examinations.

By Blogger pintolinda, at 9/24/2008 11:10 AM  

My mom's best friend has breast cancer and she is dealing it with it with a positive attitude. I try and help out any way that I can and I can see that it means a lot to her. She found out she had cancer beacuse she got a flyer in the mail, like se free mamogram thing. She went and couldn't believe that she had cancer.
Mamograms are very important.


angelina115@hotmail.com

By Blogger Maja, at 9/24/2008 12:21 PM  

My stepmother is a breast cancer survivor and she's a great advocate for self-exams and regular mammograms.

By Blogger Brian, at 9/24/2008 12:25 PM  

my Aunt passed away several years ago from breast cancer, also her sister which is my other aunt also had it years after that and she did survive, this makes me very concious about this because it does run in my family, God bless you all.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/24/2008 4:18 PM  

My moms friend recently had a mastectomy done on her. She didn't know for awhile that she had breast cancer due to taking care of husband. He had to have a liver transplant so she missed her mammogram. I'm glad dyson is helping out to support such a great cause. It's very scary to know that any woman could have it now and not even realize it. I need to do better and checking since I often put off doing it.

samsakara@twcny.rr.com

By Blogger samsakara, at 9/24/2008 5:47 PM  

Breast cancer has not affected me personally yet but I have a close friend who has lost her father to lung cancer and her mother to breast cancer. She is very active in the cause and we are as supportive as we can be. I also make sure and see my doctor annually and do self checks monthly. Thanks for the great contest!

By Blogger coriwestphal, at 9/24/2008 7:41 PM  

My sister is a survivor.

By Blogger valerie2350, at 9/24/2008 8:24 PM  

i am a breast cancer survivor ! :) Regular mammograms & Self Exams are a must and most important!

thanx

By Blogger bavaria, at 9/24/2008 10:57 PM  

As a former nurse,I have seen a lot of breast cancer,but I have had 2 best friends whom have had it an went through surgery an chemo,an were unmarried so I was their support system,very hard to watch,I felt so helpless,but it made me more aware than ever to get myself checked an to do self checks,luckily they are both alive an survived thru the ordeal,with 4 daughters of my own,ive stressed the importance of early mammograms,an self checks,most lumps are found my you!

By Blogger VickeC, at 9/25/2008 4:15 AM  

This would be a GREAT reminder for ALL my girls (I have 6)to do periodic self-exams.
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By Blogger daw212, at 9/25/2008 9:54 AM  

My mother is a breast cancer survivor for the past 16 years. I also have a dear friend that was a bridesmaid in my wedding that has been a breast cancer survivor for the past 3 years. I also have a co-worker that had breast cancer in both breasts and has been a breast cancer survivor for 6 years. It's everywhere. My sister and myself are very punctual with our monthly breast examinations and yearly mammograms. We call each other to remind the other that it's their self exam day.

By Blogger Melissa, at 9/25/2008 1:25 PM  

My mother is a breast cancer survivor for the past 16 years. I also have a dear friend that was a bridesmaid in my wedding that has been a breast cancer survivor for the past 3 years. I also have a co-worker that had breast cancer in both breasts and has been a breast cancer survivor for 6 years. It's everywhere. My sister and myself are very punctual with our monthly breast examinations and yearly mammograms. We call each other to remind the other that it's their self exam day.

By Blogger Melissa, at 9/25/2008 1:25 PM  

My mother is a breast cancer survivor for the past 16 years. I also have a dear friend that was a bridesmaid in my wedding that has been a breast cancer survivor for the past 3 years. I also have a co-worker that had breast cancer in both breasts and has been a breast cancer survivor for 6 years. It's everywhere. My sister and myself are very punctual with our monthly breast examinations and yearly mammograms. We call each other to remind the other that it's their self exam day.

By Blogger Melissa, at 9/25/2008 1:25 PM  

Great giveaway for a great cause! My Grandmother had a mastectomy due to breast cancer. Fortunately she was okay after that and lived many more fulfilling years. Since I now have a maternal history of breast cancer, I make sure to do monthly self checks and always keep my annual mammogram appointment!

By Blogger Jackie B., at 9/26/2008 4:02 AM  

I am lucky to not have had anyone close to me have Breast Cancer. I hope that is due to the fact that we all take it very seriously and get regular mammograms.
I have wanted this Dyson model since I saw that Adam Sandler movie where he is a hairdresser.
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By Blogger Garett and Maquel Christopher, at 9/26/2008 8:16 AM  

My cousin-in-law had breast cancer, and I am happy to say that she is a survivor and hasn't had any kind of relapse! One of the most important things you can do is a self check for lumps and never put off going for your annual exam! Everyone always seems to think that it could never be them!

By Blogger Teresa, at 9/26/2008 12:35 PM  

My maternal grandma had breast cancer. My mom and two sisters and I go for regular gyne. appointments- an often overlooked prevention strategy. We are also huge advocates of montly self-breast checks. By the time I was 35, I had my first baseline mammogram- something any woman who has a history of breast cancer in her family should consider doing.

Thanks, as always, for the opportunity to learn from your blog and possibly win a prize too.

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By Blogger Colleen, at 9/26/2008 2:09 PM  

my cousin had breast cancer and a few years later her sister developed breast cancer also. I check my self regularly and visit my doctor yearly

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By Blogger bison61, at 9/26/2008 3:07 PM  

My grandmother and aunt (my dad's mother and sister) both had breast cancer. All of my grandmother's sisters had breast cancer as well, and some of their daughters as well. As you can see, it runs strong in our family so I am very aware of the importance of self-examination and mammograms.

Thanks for the chance to win such a great item, K! I will also make sure to blog about it on my review blog.

By Blogger Bonggamom, at 9/26/2008 4:24 PM  

Breast Cancer has made me be very careful with my health and I am certain to get a mammogram each year!

By Blogger kaylee8, at 9/26/2008 6:53 PM  

Both my grandmothers died from breast cancer, so I know that it runs in the family. Frequent self examinations and mammograms are the key to early detection
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By Anonymous hazel, at 9/27/2008 12:57 AM  

My mother had a close scare with breast cancer when I was a teenager. Since then, we've been taught to check for lumps through breast massages.

By Blogger Clarissa, at 9/27/2008 10:06 AM  

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 40. I was a sophomore in high school at the time and it completely rocked my world. She had a mastectomy and recontructive surgery and I remember her recovery was definitely not so glamorous. I remember my dad carrying her from the bedroom to the bathtub to give her a scrub down. Top notch hubby, I tell ya. : ) Praise the Lord, she's been in remission for 9 years now.

My sister and I are both sticklers on doing our self breast exams. I've had to have one lumpectomy (which I found by doing my SBE). I also educate girls at the local Jr. High about breast cancer. Knowledge is power, for sure!

*Sara
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By Blogger Sara, at 9/27/2008 1:29 PM  

I worked for a plastic surgery office and although I had a lot of nitty brats that came in I had a lot of breast reconstructions. I loved them. Those women were the reason I smiled and woke up and did my job everyday. They affected me, in so many ways. I have been around people that have made fun of older women for having "perky" breasts and I always look at them and say did you think before you said that? maybe she survived breast cancer. some folks can be some dull. it always puts them in their place. Ladies, do what you want, and check yoru lady parts!! that is what I do!

By Blogger kagey10, at 9/27/2008 1:39 PM  

My Grandmother recently died from Breast Cancer, and one of my dear friends is currently losing her battle. I regularly perform self breast exams, and I've had both a mammogram and ultrasound when I thought I felt lumps. Thank goodness these were fibroid cysts!

By Blogger Susan, at 9/27/2008 1:46 PM  

A business partner of my husband had breast cancer and had treatments. She is in remission and we are all so relieved and thankful to have her back. Going for a mammogram and ultrasound helped her find it early. Going for a yearly test is what every woman should do for herself. Always encourage and go with family and friends for an exam.

By Blogger diesel51, at 9/27/2008 1:49 PM  

A classmate of mine just passed away from breast cancer. I couldn't believe it, she was only 32! It really made me diligent even at our age to start checking because we are not so young and naive anymore.

By Blogger fidofido, at 9/27/2008 2:04 PM  

A beloved co-worked had breast cancer. She fought it with grace and humor till the very end.
Stick to an anti-cancer diet including Japanese green tea, turmeric, soy, cruciferous veggies, fatty fish, berries and dark chocolate. Don't forget to get regular check-ups, mamograms and self-exams.

By Blogger jellosheriff, at 9/27/2008 2:08 PM  

I am actually going through breast cancer treatment right now. I hope to become a survivor!! Breast cancer has changed my life in so many ways. Now things that weren't so important because I didn't have time, are very important such as making time for friends and distant family. Taking vacations and just slowing down and enjoying my life. I will be thankful when this is all over and they tell me I'm a survivor. I got mammograms every year, except last year. I was dealing with back surgery in Nov. and that is when my yearly mammogram was due. I was going to wait until Nov. of this year, but my bf pushed me to have it done. In May I was diagnosed. He saved my life. Get your mammograms done, do your self breast exams, make routine GYN appointments. Thanks to Dyson for supporting breast cancer! Thanks for this giveaway! Good Luck all!

By Blogger elliej, at 9/27/2008 2:23 PM  

don't know anyone personally, knock on wood

By Blogger jffryclough, at 9/27/2008 2:32 PM  

i have a cousin who has this . they can detect alot of it with new digital machines

By Blogger mverno, at 9/27/2008 2:39 PM  

Breats cancer has affected me alot personally. My mother is a survivor of breast cancer. I have had two cousins die from breast cancer and two cousins that have it now. I now know how important it is to make sure you have mamograms and regular check ups. I want to thank you for supporting the cause!!

By Blogger Suann47, at 9/27/2008 3:36 PM  

When I was just out of college my mother had breast cancer surgery. Then I found out that she had a lump for over 5 years! She was frozen with fear and could not call the doctor for all those years! They gave her 3-6 months......and she lived 4 1/2 years. She had a remission when I gave birth to my first child. It was shocking to her doctors that she survived that long. She credited it to the will to spend time with my baby daughter.

By Blogger LilyBiscuit, at 9/27/2008 3:42 PM  

I have been blessed and have not been diagnosed personally with breast cancer. None of the women in my family have ever been diagnosed...but I do belong to an online community where several of the moms are survivors of breast cancer. I've taken part in numerous fund raising efforts for a cure and this year our group raised over $12,000!! A most worthy cause!

Thanks

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By Blogger Annie, at 9/27/2008 3:49 PM  

I thankfully have not been diagnosed. To prevent it, you should do monthly breast exams.

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By Blogger reb, at 9/27/2008 4:03 PM  

My mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer 2 years ago. She is now cancer free, and we pray she stays that way!

By Blogger sphinx63, at 9/27/2008 4:23 PM  

My maternal aunt had breast cancer at age 25. She lost the use of her left arm with so many lymph nodes removed and I started taking care of her after school when I was eleven years old. My mothers other sister got it at age 67. My sister got breast cancer at age 38 and I got it at age 43. My sister lost her battle to breast cancer at age 46 in 2002. I have had it 3 times-1998, 2005 and 2006. Two of my maternal cousins were also diagnosed with in in their forties. I have had a double mastectomty with reconstruciton using my back muscles. Stress fractures due to bone loss, physical and chiropractic therapy are a part of my life. There are times I really feel sorry for myself but then I just thank God I am still alive.

By Blogger rosannepm, at 9/27/2008 4:25 PM  

Fortunately, I don't know anyone personally who has had breast cancer, but when I read about Christina Applegate's cancer and her decisions, it kind of brought it home for me. She is so young! Because of her, I scheduled a mammogram, only my second and I am 49.

By Blogger Lori, at 9/27/2008 5:22 PM  

I lost my aunt to breast cancer a few years ago. The best thing one can do to make sure it's detected early is get a yearly mammogram! They are so important!!

By Blogger KathyPsu19, at 9/27/2008 5:35 PM  

Breast cancer has affected me personally. I was diagnosed two years ago, at age 36, with Stage 4 breast cancer. For the last two years I have been on a chemo regimen, zometa, herceptin, aromasin, radiation and many surgeries. I have a young son that I am scared to death I won't live long enough to raise him. This is a cruel disease. I have no family history, and was too young for mammograms.
The importance of mammograms and self exams are crucial for early detection. Rely on your instincts, if something doesn't feel "right", pursue it and don't give up until you are satisfied. Get an MRI if you have a family history.
Right now, I am trying to live my life the best I can and doing everything I can to live long enough to raise my son until adulthood. When I was first diagnosed they gave me 10 months - 2 years to live. I have beaten that statistic, I have just passed the 2 year mark.
Stage 4 means the cancer has spread from the breast (metastasized) to another area of your body. In my case, it spread to my spine.

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By Blogger Cadmar, at 9/27/2008 5:56 PM  

During a routine physical, my doctor said, "I know there's no history of breast cancer in your family, and at your age, I'd usually let it wait, but I'd like you to get a mammogram anyway.” Therefore, at 45, I had my second mammogram. After numerous follow-up tests, they verified breast cancer. It was very deep. Even after the doctor knew the location, she could not feel the lump. It was a very aggressive cancer. If I’d waited until I felt a lump, it would have been much worse. Instead, I did not lose my breast, and I’m fine now. I know that mammograms are no fun, but please, get your mammogram! They are so very important!

By Blogger lisawonbig, at 9/27/2008 6:03 PM  

About two years ago, my mother in law was diagnosed with breast cancer and received treatment. She has been cancer free since then, but every 6 months she goes for an exam, which we all worry about. Since her first finding out, myself and my sister in laws make it a yearly routine to get mammograms each October. In addition, we have all become more aware that this terrible decease can effect any of us. So we take the precaution of also doing self exams monthly.
Thanks for this giveaway and for bringing more awareness to all of us.

By Blogger peg42, at 9/27/2008 6:09 PM  

my grandmother lost her 2nd battle with breast cancer. Also, a very good friend of mine is 2 years cancer free at age 44! Get your mammograms ladies!

By Anonymous stacitk@yahoo.com, at 9/27/2008 6:19 PM  

Just this last year, I have been there as my step mother has fought hard through a battle with breast cancer. While thankfully she caught it early, there is still such an ongoing process in terms of healing even though she has already gone through chemo, raditation, some complications and an upcoming reconstructive surgery. It takes both a physical and emotional toll. A few years back a good friend only in her 30's deteced it by complete chance and had to have a double mastectomy. Both of these women have helped me learn to be more aware and cautious with my health -- being proactive not just with medical procedures although those are important, but living a healthy lifestyle and honoring my body through good foods, exercise, time for myself, and and awareness of who I am, how I feel, what types of things are normal and not for me.

Thanks for the chance to win, and for bringing attention to something so important.

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By Blogger Hil'Lesha, at 9/27/2008 6:40 PM  

I lost my aunt back in 1994 due to breast cancer. I strongly believe as women, we should educate ourselves much as we can about this disease. I suggest doing a self examination and getting mammograms, because early detection can help nip this in the bud before it is too late!

lilacbutterfly [at] earthlink.net

By Blogger Hil'Lesha, at 9/27/2008 6:41 PM  

My grandmother had breast cancer and died because it was caught too late, many friends and family have had it some survived, my child under the age of 21 had it, and I have battled it- I can say I am totally sick of the disease and its about darn time they find a cure for it..I am sick of it

By Blogger mrs.mommyy, at 9/27/2008 6:48 PM  

I lost a long-time friend . Her death was very sudden. She had noticed a lump, but didn't act on it. We lost her quickly. It was devastating.

By Blogger Deci, at 9/27/2008 7:13 PM  

it's so important to do self exams!

By Blogger Erica C., at 9/27/2008 7:40 PM  

I have always had a great awareness of breast cancer. My grandmother died young from breat cancer as did her two sisters. My Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer 30 years ago and survived and just recently my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. My daughter's fiance's mother was diagnosed with breast cancer a year ago. With the family history, I always get regular exams, try to live a healthy lifestyle.

By Blogger patty, at 9/27/2008 7:44 PM  

my aunt died from breast cancer so it has affected me dearly,i have reg.dr.visits to be checked out

By Blogger allancarol, at 9/27/2008 8:05 PM  

My Aunt Jean is a breast cancer survivor. She is perfectly healthy now, but does have to pump water from her arm daily. Her life was saved due to early detection from a mammogram. Support this cause!

By Blogger dlguss, at 9/27/2008 8:18 PM  

I have lost two aunts to breast cancer. Be sure to do your monthly self - exams and visit your doctor at least once a year. And don't forget your mammogram.

By Blogger Renee G, at 9/27/2008 8:36 PM  

Thankfully this cancer has not touched too close to home. I had a friend in highschool whose mother was diagnosed in the end stages and she lived a very ugly few months. The affect of this on her two young daughters was very sad. Her husband was a real trooper and as a church we held them up in many ways as they traveled this path of pain.

By Blogger MyDarlin, at 9/27/2008 9:06 PM  

My mom is a breast cancer survivor. It affected me in different ways.

By Blogger CDA, at 9/27/2008 9:20 PM  

Thankfully, no one really close to me or in my family has had breast cancer, but other forms of cancer have taken friends and acquaintances. Monthly self-examination and annual or bi-annual mammograms are important ways to detect breast cancer at an early stage.

By Anonymous Donna, at 9/27/2008 9:53 PM  

I was only 17 when I lost a co-worker to breast cancer she had just started a new life with a new husband and baby.Breast cancer took her by surprise and quickly took over her life.Just one year after finding out she died.This was 35 years ago and it's just as fresh in my mind as it was 35 years ago.Such a loss,every woman needs to do self checks and a yearly doctors visit.It can come on so fast and leave so many lives in shattered.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/27/2008 10:44 PM  

One of my grandmothers had breast cancer. You can detect it early by getting a mammogram.

By Blogger Garden Gnome, at 9/27/2008 11:32 PM  

Unfortunately, cancer has affected most families in one way or another. Mine was my grandmother and it took her at an early age. Now they have all kinds of gastic tests to get early detection.

By Blogger marleenandlouie, at 9/28/2008 12:41 AM  

Early detection is key!!! My aunt died from breast cancer.

By Blogger KLM39, at 9/28/2008 3:07 AM  

I'm fortunate to not have known anyone with breast cancer although I know that it is such a common thing. I think it's important for women to do regular self-exams and to trust your instincts when you believe that something just isn't quite right.

By Blogger featuredstyle, at 9/28/2008 3:22 AM  

When I was in fifth grade my grandmother died of breast cancer. I will never forget her suffering in her last days. I get a mamogram every two years and I also check for lumps while showering.

By Blogger mar, at 9/28/2008 3:48 AM  

My BFF's mother lost a breast to cancer. That brought home to me the fact that cancer can happen to anyone. It also motivated me to get a mammogram and do monthly breast exams on myself. I would proudly use a pink vacuum and point out to everyone what the pink signifies.
traymona[at]aol.com

By OpenID traymona, at 9/28/2008 4:33 AM  

My sister in law had breast cancer and with treatment and surgery she has recovered well.It had a tremendous impact on me as I am raising children and I want to be here for them. My advise is to do a self breast examination monthly.

Nora
neneelynn@yahoo.com

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/28/2008 5:29 AM  

My aunt is a breast cancer survivor so we learned alot about it while she was being treated. Mammograms are very important for early detection. Also women should examine their breasts for any changes and let their doctor know about it immediately. There are great web sites to get more information on breast cancer and support groups.

By Blogger buzzd, at 9/28/2008 5:29 AM  

i have lost my mother and my sister to breast cancer. i am the lone survivor, in my family, and i know what a great cause this is. every woman,must do monthly checks and yearly mammograms. i have two daughters, and we three know the consequences and the high risk group that we are in. we are constantly urging friends to get their mammograms, and offer to go with them. this year, there are 5 friends going with me, two who have never had one, but now realize how important it is.

By Blogger etrnlone, at 9/28/2008 5:38 AM  

I was blessed with Breast Cancer 8 years ago!! It got me closer to my friends and family. AND I got a tummy tuck with new 18 year old bobbies!!!! Gosh, I have cleavage!!!

THanks for the giveaway!

By Blogger dcreed44, at 9/28/2008 5:47 AM  

My grandmother had breast cancer, she went under the knife and later we found out that it spread. Eventually she lost the battle.
EARLY DETECTION IS KEY. Please ladies get your mammo's and check yourself monthly.

By Blogger kmbennet, at 9/28/2008 5:57 AM  

I work at the American Cancer Society, so breast cancer touches my life on a daily basis through patients, families, and those that help them along the journey. I think one of the most overlooked aspects of early detection is simply realizing that you do NOT have to have a family history in order to get breast cancer. 70% to 80% of women who get breast cancer do not have a family history of this disease. So EVERYONE needs to be vigilant and get those mammograms done on time and simply pay attention to your body. If something doesn't seem right, go to the doctor. The peace of mind it brings is well worth the visit.

By Blogger bluenude3, at 9/28/2008 7:29 AM  

My Grandmother had it and I fought to have my 1st mamagram at 35. they wanted me to wait till I was 40.

By Blogger denyse, at 9/28/2008 8:19 AM  

My mother was diagnosed with BC 3 yrs ago. I am diligant in doing monthly exams, and yearly mamograms. Early detection is the key. Thanks for such a great contest




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By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/28/2008 8:23 AM  

My mom went through a bout with breast cancer, she is better now, but it was some hard times we went through as a family.
Make sure your loved ones go and get there breast examined like they should.

By Blogger imjasonc, at 9/28/2008 8:32 AM  

family history of the disease... and regulas self exam...

By Blogger rmcgahagin, at 9/28/2008 9:13 AM  

my grandma had breast cancer when she was in her 70s.she had both breats removed at that age she was a very strong women. she is no longer with us now but she did beat her cancer.self exams are inportant to do.

By Anonymous latisha depoortere, at 9/28/2008 9:28 AM  

my grandma had breast cancer when she was in her 70s.she had both breats removed at that age she was a very strong women. she is no longer with us now but she did beat her cancer.self exams are inportant to do.
tishajean@charter.net

By Anonymous latisha depoortere, at 9/28/2008 9:29 AM  

Aside from caring for some patients with breast cancer, this is one disease that has not as yet affected my family. However, this does not decrease the need to continually monitor for the possibility. Right now this is done by routine mammograms for myself and my daughters, although we are not too good at doing self exams.

By Blogger clynsg, at 9/28/2008 9:48 AM  

Always do self breast exams and get regular mamograms are the best prevention. I had a very close friend die from breast cancer at age 33. Her family is devastated and I am heartbroken.

By Blogger vibrantfun, at 9/28/2008 9:59 AM  

I've been very fortunate so far in regards to breast cancer. I am getting ready to set up my mammogram and am always a little scared. I wish the very best for everyone who is dealing with this right now and for those who have in the past.

By Blogger Tina12312, at 9/28/2008 10:25 AM  

I am so angry my best friend is fighting breast cancer. She went 8 yrs without a Mammo. The cancer is about 5 years old. That is the difference between stage 1 and stage 3. She has had 3 surgery to get enough of the lumph node and will be going through 32 weeks of chemo and I have no idea how much radiation. That is almost 1 year if it is enough to save her life. I know I am going on and probably no one will read this. But please get those mammo and do the self breast exam.

By Blogger judyv12306, at 9/28/2008 10:28 AM  

Both my Mother and my
Grandmother had breast cancer. So my sisters and I have to have frequent mammograms. I was mad that my Mother's cancer could have been detected earlier. She had a spot on her mammogram, but it wasn't until 18 months later when she started experiencing pain in her breast that they mentioned the spot in her last mammogram.

By Blogger redron, at 9/28/2008 10:42 AM  

Breast cancer has affected me in a positive way. I am grateful each and every day to be alive. I treasure my children, my family, my friends. I no longer worry about the little things in life...

Dont put off getting a mammogram, ladies...I had no symptons, none.

By Blogger linda a, at 9/28/2008 11:17 AM  

Breast Cancer is my worst fear. I'm only 21 but I worked at a boutique selling cancer products, such as bras and prosthesis... I've seen some awful and sad stuff! Always get your mammogram on time, no matter what your age is! Know the facts

kristilb19@yahoo.com

By Blogger kristilb19, at 9/28/2008 12:25 PM  

Self-checks!!

By Blogger BL, at 9/28/2008 12:56 PM  

Well, we all know someone who has it, don't we? My younger sister, my older sister, my mother, my only maternal aunt, and my only paternal all have/had it. Scary. I think we should all be religious about our mammograms and self-exams.

By Blogger Jean, at 9/28/2008 1:12 PM  

My mother past away due to breast cancer.Early detection is extremely important.

By Blogger danosor, at 9/28/2008 1:13 PM  

I have a sister in law that had a mastectomy and two dear friends, one of whom died from cancer.

By Blogger Sunnyvale, at 9/28/2008 1:42 PM  

Yes, I am getting older now and had to watch friends struggle through breast cancer. Mammograms are very important.

By Blogger Connie, at 9/28/2008 1:59 PM  

My mother and her mother (my grandmother) died from agressive breast cancer. I go for early detection and close monitoring by my doctor. I do monthly self examine. I have had multiply breast biopsy. So far, no cancer in my breast and I am 59 years old.

By Blogger DonnaL3, at 9/28/2008 2:07 PM  

I have had alot of people in my family have cancer and because of this I am certain to do self examines regularly

By Blogger jemmmers74, at 9/28/2008 2:50 PM  

As a male breast cancer surviver, I want to advise men to be aware that they are also suseptible to this desease.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/28/2008 2:55 PM  

My mother had a mastectomy 19 years ago when she was 47 years old. Since then it has been my gift, to her (and myself), to go for my yearly mammogram.

Early detection is so important.

By Blogger keeyame, at 9/28/2008 3:58 PM  

I have a good friend that has been battling breast cancer now for more than ten years, unfortunately it has spread to her lungs and she now has stage four lung cancer, never smoked in her life. I'm afraid for her. I get a yearly mammogram, but I do feel sometimes it's the luck of the draw.

By Blogger trishden, at 9/28/2008 4:02 PM  

I have a friend who was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was caught at an early stage and she is fine now. I get yearly mammograms

By Blogger susan1215, at 9/28/2008 4:18 PM  

They should make taking a mammogram less painful. I got a pulled muscle and had trouble with it for 8 months. I don't want to go back.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/28/2008 5:00 PM  

My Aunt is a Breast Cancer survivor, she detected it herself in the shower. I think self checks are one of the best things you can do. She went through a lot and caught it early but remains cancer free.

By Blogger Kristen Andrews, at 9/28/2008 5:14 PM  

My aunt has breast cancer and so did my grandmother. Be sure to do your home checks regularly!
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By Blogger Ellen, at 9/28/2008 6:26 PM  

Some of these comments are very awesome and I have nothing to compare. I and my family have been spared of breast cancer but my daughters and I do have ourselves checked out. Early detection is the best defense against breast cancer so be sure to have your breast examination on a regular basis.

By Blogger DOLL, at 9/28/2008 6:38 PM  

A good friend of mine died at 35 after an aggressive battle with breast cancer. I tend to think diet is important as well as regular self and professional exams.
gkstratos@yahoo.com

By Blogger gkstratos, at 9/28/2008 6:57 PM  

We moved here a little over two years ago and right away, the girl up the street welcomed us. I was impressed with her because she herself works in at Johns Hopkins hospital and volunteers at the childrens hospital.
About 6 months ago, she was diagnosed with breast cancer and we wee both devastated. Her attitude and her never give up attitude prevails to this day. She has lost her hair, lost about 50 lbs and has horrible scars from chemo and radiation. She still works, she still volunteers. She has taught me much this past year.
I never really thought of it before but now I do! I think regular self exams and check ups are the surefire way for early detection. Early detection IS the key!

By Blogger mannequin, at 9/28/2008 7:09 PM  

I have known two people that have had breast cancer and have seen one recover but sadly my great Aunt didn't survive. I do self breast exams and get checked every year early detection is the best!

By Blogger CrazyDaisy, at 9/28/2008 7:17 PM  

I've been very lucky that no member of my family has suffered from breast cancer, but two of my close friends have. In both cases, the cancer was detected early and both are alive and well, thank God!

By Blogger susanhales, at 9/28/2008 7:36 PM  

My grandmother was diagnosed and we waited through the 5 year period and were extatic when it came and passed. She survived breats cancer but died 2 years ago from complications from another form of cancer, Sadly missed by me and many others.

By Blogger fullmontecarlo, at 9/28/2008 7:46 PM  

One of my good friends lost her mother to the disease. The best way to help fight it is to support research, and remind friends and loved ones to go to the doctor to get checked out and to do self exams.

By Blogger Miss S, at 9/28/2008 7:59 PM  

My aunt and grandmother both had breast cancer. It was scary for the family as we are so close. I'm greatful they both survived. I do a self exam every month and a breast exam each year.

By OpenID cstironkat, at 9/28/2008 8:27 PM  

Three of my friends were diagnosed last eyar, all in their 50s. SELF-CHECKING is the most important thing a woman can do! cdziuba@aol.com

By Blogger cdziuba, at 9/28/2008 8:45 PM  

Make sure every woman and man -yes men can get breast cancer, too - has a in-shower-hanging-description of how to conduct a breast exam.

Know how your body feels - touch yourself so you can know if there has been a change.

Stop and close your eyes. Now think about how they feel. Any pain or discomfort? Now slowly feel.

If your bra is leaving marks you are cutting off circulation of your lymph nodes. Bad idea. Get a looser bra. Repeated damage of any body part makes it more likely to have problems.

Get an exam. You may feel fine, look fine, and still have cancer.

Do it for the ones you love.

By Blogger Tes283, at 9/28/2008 8:45 PM  

i have some friends that have been and who have direct family members who have had breast cancer

By Blogger msrodeobrat, at 9/28/2008 9:39 PM  

A monthly breast self-exam is the best way to find breast cancer early.

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By Anonymous Janice Wright, at 9/29/2008 5:20 AM  

A few years ago, I detected a lump in my breast. I went to the doctor right away, but I figured since I was in my late 20's, it wasn't serious. I'll never forget my doctors face when she felt the lump. A few days later a mammogram and sonogram. A week after that, had surgery to remover a walmut sized lump. It goes to show that even young women should be doing self checks. I tell every woman I know! Karhiannon at aol.com

By OpenID silentkaelan, at 9/29/2008 7:36 AM  

While I am fortunate enough to have not had any loved ones develop breast cancer ~ it touchesmy life in a way a little different from others. See, I am a nurse in a womens' health department at a hospital.Everyday, I am witness to the incredible strength and courage that survivors have. It renews my faith in the amazing qualities of the human spirit and that together we can find a cure!

By Blogger Kristy Blanco, at 9/29/2008 7:52 AM  

When you have a friend diagnosed with breast cancer you are so concerned, when her mother is then diagnosed, you worry, when 2 more friends are diagnosed you are consumed with worry. I hope someday we can find a cure!

By Blogger TINKMH, at 9/29/2008 8:24 AM  

My Mother in Law was diagnosed with breast cancer when my husband and I were still in highschool. We watched her struggle while going through chemo and radiation and her masectomy. She handled it with such grace and I don't remember ever hearing her complain about anything. Eventually things got worse and she developed brain tumors and a "suspicious" spot on her lung. She passed away when my daughter was only 3 and she was only in her 40's. Because my sister in law and my own daughter are now also at risk of developing this one day, it's a big part of our lives and something we think of often. I check myself monthly and I'm only in my mid-twenties, but I also think it's a great habit to start early on.

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By Blogger Miranda, at 9/29/2008 9:52 AM  

My sister is a breast cancer survivor and I have lost a dear friend to breast cancer. I make sure I check for lumps at least once a week. I eat a very healthy diet, exercise and I don't smoke or drink.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2008 10:57 AM  

I have known many breast cancer survivors and a few who didn't survive. Truly a scary diagnosis. I try to do everything in moderation to have a healthy lifestyle and pray for everyone (and hope the prayer works).

By Blogger malleycc, at 9/29/2008 11:17 AM  

Here's another SURVIVOR!
Self-examination and regular mammograms are so very important!!!!!!

By Blogger M.A., at 9/29/2008 11:20 AM  

Let's find a cure...if we have to bail out the banks let's put more to find a cure!!!

By Anonymous carol, at 9/29/2008 11:21 AM  

my great grandmother had breast cancer and my aunt had a lump, but it was benign!

By Blogger stampedwithgrace, at 9/29/2008 11:32 AM  

I just lost my grandmother to breast cancer three weeks ago, after a 2 year fight. She always kept a positive attitude, and taught me to be proactive. Knowing there was a risk for breast cancer in our family, she had gotten mammograms every 4 months. Obviously this meant they found her cancer early, but it was apparently already too far along to matter. Still, following her lead I get mammograms every 4-6 months, and I've changed my diet to lower my risk.

Together we can win this fight.

By Blogger Chelsea, at 9/29/2008 12:04 PM  

Both of my grandmothers had it and beat it! I know my chances are stronger of getting it too but I know what to look for and that I CAN beat it as well.

I check once a month and always have my Dr do a check when I go in every 6 months. They keep a sharp eye on me even though I'm only 26.

Tarah
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By OpenID tarahsrecipes, at 9/29/2008 1:05 PM  

One of my Mom's best friends had breast cancer--she finished all her chemo and radiation and waiting for reconstruction--hitting this close to home has made me MUCH more conscientious about my own health and so I am more diligent about checkups and detection.(from jemayer20@aol.com)

By Anonymous Jenny mayer, at 9/29/2008 1:43 PM  

I haven't been affected by breast cancer yet as no one I have known personally or in my family hasn't fortunately ever come down with it. I am so glad that there is research out there to help prevent and cure it though as it could happen to anyone at anytime. You can detect it early by yearly mammograms. Thanks!

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By Blogger Blessings Abound, at 9/29/2008 1:54 PM  

I think we have all been touched by breast cancer, my mom has lost two dear friends. Self exams, regular doctor's visits and mammograms are essential to early detection.

By Blogger Heather, at 9/29/2008 3:01 PM  

My best friend has had breast cancer twice. Both times she has has come thru it. It is very scary and as much research that can be done on possible prevention in the future is wonderful.

By Blogger mogrill, at 9/29/2008 3:15 PM  

I lost a co-worker/friend to breast cancer. She left behind 2 young children and a wonderful husband. I'm so thankful there are so many organizations dedicated to reseach about prevention, detection and treatment of this disease.

Breast self exams, yearly doctor visits, and mommorgrams when recommended are all important!!

By Blogger mommyofthree, at 9/29/2008 3:49 PM  

I don't know anyone who has had breast cancer personally, but I always have a yearly mammogram, as recommended.

By Blogger Beverley, at 9/29/2008 5:25 PM  

a very good friend from high school died from breast cancer, leaving two young children. I was so sad for their whole family. Self exam once a month is a good way to for early detection.

By Blogger sillelin, at 9/29/2008 5:34 PM  

I am a six year Inflammatory Breast Cancer survivor. IBC is a very aggressive form of cancer and to catch it early is very important make sure you have yearly mammograms and may be MRI too

By Blogger catherine, at 9/29/2008 5:51 PM  

Mel said

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/29/2008 9:23 PM  

My Grandmother had breast cancer and she had to have a mastectomy. Then it turned into lung cancer and she died. Preventing breast cancer is on the top of my list. If I can help I definitely will.

Doing a monthly breast exam and having a mammogram is the best way to detect it early.

Thank you for such a great giveaway and getting more people involved in helping the cause!

By Blogger lighttraveler, at 9/30/2008 2:05 AM  

A Breast cancer scare affected me during my first month of pregnancy. Surgery solved my problem, but self exams often, is the number one preventive measure you can take.

By Blogger Kerry, at 9/30/2008 4:40 AM  

Anyone who lives on this earth has been affected. Monthly checkups!

By Blogger Kristyn, at 9/30/2008 5:17 AM  

I have been blessed that no one in my family has suffered from breast cancer. I do however suffer from cystic breasts, and every time I detect a new lump, I have that surge of concern that maybe this time it's not just a cyst.

I know that many reports are now recommending not to do monthly breast exams, because so often women panic at finding a lump, and that lump generally turns out to be normal tissue. However, I feel that if you do a self-breast exam often enough, you will know what your breasts feel like and if there are changes in it.

Keeping yourself informed and keeping your yearly appointments (for a mammogram or a yearly physical with breast exam) are the best tools in your arsenal for personal breast health.

Michelle
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By Blogger Michelle, at 9/30/2008 9:57 AM  

My family has been blessed by not having to experience Breast Cancer first hand, but I have had a bit of a scare this year. I had my first baseline mammogram and it was a little abnormal. I am having a follow-up mammogram next month to make sure that the anomalies aren't growing or looking like cancer. I have always done self-exams and the doctor does them during my annual exam. I will continue to have regular mammograms and do my best to detect any cancer early.

By Blogger Fangirl Jen, at 9/30/2008 10:58 AM  

My grandmother had breast cancer... this was a good 20 odd years ago.
I remember very vague 'whispers' of cancer. I was little and I think they were trying to 'protect' me.

Thank God, we have come so much farther today. We dont have to speak in 'whispers'. We can share our stories and learn from them.

My tip is to get a check up every year and dont forget self exams. Fast easy in the shower... take care of yourself... you have a lot of people depending on you!

By Blogger Kelley, at 9/30/2008 11:38 AM  

I had my first mammogram recently. The radiologist saw something in the films and i had to go back for a second mammogram and an ultrasound. It was a scary experience (I'm fine) and a definite wake up call.

We have lost several family friends to breast cancer. My mom does the 3-Day walk, this year is her 8th, and she walks in their honor.

By Blogger MelADramatic Mommy, at 9/30/2008 11:49 AM  

My Mom just passed away from mastasized breast cancer on 10/7/08. It was the fourth time around for her and the most painful. She was 74.

She had survived having it in first one breast, than the other, her colon and finally her liver.

She inspired me to check often and be checked to make sure that nothing gets by. I just had my first 'scare' at 46. They found two lumps. One was a cyst and the other was not cancer. I felt frozen from the moment they asked me to come back in for another mamogram but so thankful that I did.

Remember to check and check often. It is important!

By Anonymous Crystine Kilpatrick, at 9/30/2008 12:41 PM  

My mom was diagnosed with breast cancer two years ago. It was caught early and removed and since then she's checked out clear each time. Doing a monthly self-exam is a great way to be aware of how the tissue feels normally so that you can detect any changes right away. Also an annual mammogram is a must once you hit 40.
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By Blogger blueviolet, at 9/30/2008 1:00 PM  

Breast cancer runs in my family so I get checked and you should even if it's not in your background.

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 9/30/2008 5:40 PM  

I had a breast cancer scare earlier this month. Luckily, I am fine....however, this scare had a positive side. While many emotions ran through me while I was awaiting testing, I finally settled on one -- at least this is something that I can fight. I now know that when it comes right down to it....I'm a fighter. That's great to know!

By Blogger zekebamm, at 9/30/2008 6:14 PM  

Mine was a personnal scare, about 3 months ago. I found a lump and had it biopsied and fortunatly it was negative. Since this scare I do self exams every month

By Blogger Stacey, at 9/30/2008 7:48 PM  

For years, I didn't think it would affect me until I found out my Aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. She went through grueling rounds of chemo and I didn't know how to react. Make sure you ask your physician to check you out even if you aren't in the high risk age range.

By Blogger jnmacdonald, at 9/30/2008 10:48 PM  

Several family friends have been diagnosed with it and some are very young with young kids. It is scary, but we've come a long way and hopefully more advances in diagnoses and cause to come. Tell everyone you know to get regular exams and mammograms! Kudos to all the good work being done! And thanks mom*mom :) We love you! zmama09 at yahoo dot com

By Anonymous zmama, at 10/01/2008 6:59 AM  

I have an aunt who passed away because of breat cancer. She did not do self exams and ignored the sore lump thinking it would pass. She was wrong! The best thing we can do is teach our daughters once they hit puberty to do the self exams and know their bodies. Express the importance of learning about breast cancer also cervical cancer! Do monthly exams and do not be afraid to tell your doctor if you feel something out of the ordinary!! The doc won't think you are a whiner. Ladies do the self exams it could save your life!!!

By Blogger Pamela Vest, at 10/01/2008 7:44 AM  

My grandmother died from breast cancer, and it has had a significant impact on my whole family. We NEVER forget to get our mammograms yearly. It was so hard to watch grandma go through this and in the end, end up losing her fight with this awful disease.

By Blogger Susan, at 10/01/2008 8:07 AM  

Breast Cancer. It affects so many women..and some men for that matter. My grandmother was a breast cancer survivor as well as my husbands step mother. Together we as women have a duty to educate our children on early detection. Early detection is a must. Every girl starting at menstral age should start monthly self breast exams. These should be performed 8 days after a period. Also women with a family history should have a baseline mammogram at the age of 35 and then once a year after that. Self-breast exams are a must. If you don't know how to do one, Walgreens sells a great little shower kit. In addition, don't be afraid to ask your OBGYN to show you the proper way to do an exam. The more familiar you are with your breasts, the more likely you would detect any abnormalities if they should appear.

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By Blogger Megan, at 10/01/2008 10:19 AM  

My sister had both breasts removed.Now she has it in her bones.

By Blogger michelena2000, at 10/01/2008 11:53 AM  

I've known a lot of breast cancer surviors. Regular self exams are the best way to detect it early. Thermography and ultrasound are useful too. Too many false postives with mammography and with the risk of it crushing a tumor and spreading it ... no thanks!

By Blogger jjampm, at 10/01/2008 1:23 PM  

My Mama and Grandmaw are both breast cancer survivors. Regular self breast exams are the absolute best way to detect something early. Thanks for offering such a wonderful contest!

By Blogger rachelfox1981, at 10/01/2008 3:14 PM  

I am a one year cancer survivor. I found my lump one year ago this month. I had the mastectomy, chemo and radiation since it was in 2 lymph nodes. I take one day at a time now and try not to let the little things bother me. My priorities have changed - what I used to think of as important seem less important now. I try to enjoy life more. Get those mammograms and check yourself!

By Anonymous Carol, at 10/01/2008 5:10 PM  

My mom died of breast cancer when I was 8. The dr. said the lump in her breast was swollen milk glands from nursing my little sister. She wasn't diagnosed until months later when she was done nursing. By then it was too late... It's important to seek a second (or third) opinion if something doesn't feel right. Later my grandma (her mother) was also diagnosed, but luckily caught it early enough to survive.

Now I'm wondering. Should I undergo genetic testing??

By Blogger Tracie, at 10/01/2008 6:55 PM  

Wow...well...fortunately we have not had to deal with breast cancer in my family. There was a time when my mother had to undergo testing for cysts but they turned out to be benign. I think SBEs are the most effective way to detect breast cancer early. Combine that with regular check ups and mammograms for early detection

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By Blogger Rockin' Mama, at 10/01/2008 9:09 PM  

My grandmother lost both her breast to cancer and after a long battle her live was lost.

By Blogger babycat1216, at 10/01/2008 10:10 PM  

My aunt Beatrice died from breast cancer 10 years ago, she knew something was wrong and didn't act on it til it was too late! Now I know mammagram and MRI is the way to early detection!!

By Anonymous Anonymous, at 10/01/2008 10:12 PM  

I watched a friend battle this and win. It's vital to do monthly exams to detect any changes in your breasts.
Thanks!
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By Blogger Belinda, at 10/02/2008 1:50 AM  

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