October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month!
Two of my dear friends are currently navigating this more intimate, personal storm of breast cancer as I send this newsletter this month. I know I am not alone. With the prevalence of this disease, most likely everyone knows someone that has or is attempting to deal with this constant battle for life.
So to support these strong beyond measure warriors, below I have provided some intention-setting ideas for your consideration. It is my hope you will consider exploring one or more of these ideas to go beyond awareness into taking action to support those living with this disease and trying to find a cure.
- Research. You might consider educating yourself on the current developments in research (National Cancer Institute and BreastCancer.org) or donating to organizations that focus on metastatic breast cancer such as StandUp2Cancer and Breast Cancer Research Foundation. .
- Speak Up. Consider spreading the word about free mammograms, especially during the month of October. Also, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) runs the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program that offers free or low-costs mammograms.
- Listen. When cancer becomes a part of your life, it takes front and center on the stage. However, that doesn’t mean it is the only show in town. People need other people to simply be there to listen. Some days they might want to talk about the impact of the disease or the treatments, yet more often they may want to talk about all of the other aspects of their lives, like their family, pets, their favorite TV show, their favorite vacation spot or restaurant, or they may ask you to talk about yourself and what is going on with you for the distraction. Perhaps consider keeping this in mind when you connect with someone in the current throes of the battle.
- Donate. Consider donating blankets, hats or scarves to a local hospital with a cancer wing or chemotherapy center. If you are a passionate knitter or crochet artist, perhaps you make some hats or scarves from yarn remnants from other projects and donate them. Simply contact the staff at these facilities to ask if they might accept such items and where to drop them off.
- Write. Perhaps you write a card or letter to those going through one of the most frightening times of their lives and drop it off along with a scarf or hat, letting them know that they are thought of during this difficult time. This simply act to show you care can be quite meaningful.
As always, if you try any of these intention-setting ideas for holistic health, I would love to hear about the impact they might have had for you. Please send me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org to share!