I count myself as fortunate to be able to say that I have never lost a family member to breast cancer.
Considering that one in eight women will be diagnosed with this disease at some point in their lifetime, the fact that I can say that is pretty amazing.
But, that doesn’t mean I haven’t seen it wreck families and take lives. And, it doesn’t mean I haven’t cried over a lost friend, or her left behind children, and husband, and parents, and dreams.
So, when I look down and see the girls blocking my view of my feet (but sadly not my belly) I am grateful that I still get to roll them up and tuck them into my oversized 18hr bra
a few times a week every morning.
Sure I gripe about their bigness and their sagginess and their current lackluster existence that severely overshadows their former glory days, but dang it I am thankful I have them. And my life. Because we all know how easily all of that can be snatched away.
I’m of the belief that, when it’s your time to meet your maker, you’re going to find your way to that conference room one way or another, but that doesn’t mean that we shouldn’t practice preventative body check-ups and maintenance. I mean, you take your car for tune ups and diagnostic exams and other, um, junk, and no one even expect it to last a lifetime; it’s the least you can do for your body.
I’ll admit that I am remiss in taking care of some things that have to do with me. I don’t work out the way I want to for lack of time (and effort), I used to be particularly horrible about getting to the dentist (wearing Invisalign changed that), and my gyno and I are not besties.
I know that stuff is important. I even sorta want to do some of it, too. It’s just hard to put aside other things in your life (work, kid time, husband time, sitting on my butt time) and make time for things like this.
But, when it comes to making sure the girls are in the clear, I’m on it. I don’t have to make an appointment for that. I don’t have to leave my house or get dressed up pretty. Heck, I don’t have to get dressed at all!
To remind myself, I do it every month on the day I finish off my kidney pills: take last pill, check yo headlights.
I even have a song for the occasion: You better check yo self before you wreck yo self.
Okay, so maybe that’s Ice Cube’s song. But I seriously sing it every time I do my self exam. And, I’m thinking you should too.
And Go Daddy agrees with me (okay, probably not on the Ice Cube stuff).
They are supporting breast cancer awareness with their Check Your Headlights campaign and want to remind all women to perform monthly self exams as a means of early detection.
I even got to see Danica Patrick’s fierce, pink race car when it made it’s NASCAR debut at the Charlotte Motor Speedway this month…
What?! She was going FAST!
But, I got the message and I seriously hope you do too.
Want to help me, Go Daddy, and Danica’s sweet little race car spread the word even more?! Go Daddy is offering a 20% off coupon (use code: STRENGTH) to encourage you to 1) buy stuff from them, and 2) donate your spare change after you do to charity. With their Round Up for Charity program, they make it easy to donate to the National Breast Cancer Foundation by rounding your purchase price up to the nearest dollar. Maybe not as easy as hopping in the shower and doing a self exam while you hum the strains of one of Ice Cube’s greatest hits, but still pretty freaking easy.
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