October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is the month to think pink and support awareness of the disease, as well as the cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. Breast cancer is a cause near and dear to my heart so it should be no surprise I’ll be rocking some pink this month.
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I have a big-time family history of breast cancer. My mom had it over 20 years ago, as well my aunt on my dad’s side of the family. Thankfully, both are still alive and doing amazing, but it is no surprise I’m high-risk for getting breast cancer at some point in life. I’m already getting regular mammograms, ultrasounds and MRI’s, even though I still have a few years until I hit 40 (lucky me). I’ve also been tested for the BRCA gene, which thankfully came back negative. I’m doing everything in my power to take control of my health and manage my risks. However, not everyone is so proactive or aware of their risks.
Super cute and comfy pink sweater here.
Talking bras in October just feels fitting. I’ve been digging bralettes lately and these from Yummie (C/O) are as comfortable as can be. By far, my favorite is the lace one which isn’t itchy in the slightest as some lace can be. The best part is Yummie is donating 5% of all net bra sales to breast cancer research.
I also did some research of my own to find other brands who are choosing to give back to breast cancer this month. Honestly, I was shocked how few companies are behind the cause this year. However, a couple are choosing to do awesome things this month. Kendra Scott is donating a piece of of her jewelry to a woman battling breast cancer for every piece purchased from her breast cancer collection. Tory Burch is donating 20% from her breast cancer collection to breast cancer research. There are also a number of other products in the widget below that help benefit breast cancer research.
As far as this month goes, yes, buying a product that benefit breast cancer research is a great step. However, I really encourage everyone to take control of your health. Talk to your family and make sure you are aware of any health risks that may impact you. Have a discussion with your doctor and decide if you need additional screenings, such as a mammogram or the BRCA genetic test. Talk to your friends and see what they are doing to protect themselves. Whatever it is, just start the conversation. You never know if a simple discussion could help save your life or someone else’s. Early detection for breast cancer is key so don’t be afraid to take a step, even if it is scary. If I’m being honest, I’m already dreading my next mammogram. Not because it hurts (it doesn’t – it is just stressful and uncomfortable), just because I know what a bad scan could mean for me. But I know it is the best thing I can do to make sure I’m around with my kids for as long as possible.