October is breast cancer awareness month
Every October I’m reminded that I am a breast cancer survivor.
I forget sometimes although it has changed me and other survivors I know physically, mentally and emotionally forever.
That’s why, even though I want to put it all behind me, I can’t. Too many people are still impacted by breast cancer.
I teamed with Avon and the American Cancer Society to be a force for good Oct. 6 in the Santa Fe Making Strides Walk. As team leader, for Rockers 4 Knockers, a funny name about a serious cause, I am committed to raising awareness and funds to help the American Cancer Society save lives from breast cancer.
The theme, “YOUNITED – what unites us, ignites us,” reminds us that together we can do more. We need to raise awareness for early detection and to raise money for more research and support for those battling the disease who need better treatment options besides poison, cut and burn.
The Santa Fe Making Strides Walk was more than an event where thousands of local people come together wearing pink and walking 5 miles. It’s about battling an atrocious disease in 2018:
• It is estimated that
40,920 women in the U.S. will die from breast cancer.
• About 266,120 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women.
• About 63,960 new cases of carcinoma in situ (CIS) will be diagnosed (CIS is non-invasive and is the earliest form of breast cancer).
At the event, some walkers will honor those who have lost the battle and proudly carry the name of a loved one who’s permanently imprinted on their heart. Sometimes it’s their mom, sister, cousin or dearest friend.
Others will walk for a survivor and to encourage women to get checked because early detection saves lives. They wear funny shirts with slogans like, “A feel a day keeps the doctor away.”
For survivors like me, it’s a public celebration. We made it. We beat the ‘Big C,’ and it took nearly everything we had to do it, too!
Breast cancer hurts like hell and it’s not for sissies. It takes grit and bravery because it’s frightening a disease. Much scarier than anything J.K. Rowling could ever conjure.
To all my sibling survivors, congratulations! You’re still here! You survived. Your team wins the house cup. Dumbledore awards the Breast Cancer Survivor House, 60 points “…for pure nerve and outstanding courage.”
Make it count. Be a risk-taker and make up for lost time doing all the things you meant to do in life.
Survivorship for me meant changing my life and realigning my priorities, leaving a secure, good-paying job and taking the time to heal physically, mentally and fully recover from the disease. I started a new job that allows for work-life balance. I took lessons in flamenco and improv and I wholeheartedly risked making a fool out of myself. I even attended my 40-year class reunion and dared myself to bravely wear a low-cut dress that partially revealed the skill of a plastic surgeon who rebuilt what breast cancer stole.
I genuinely believe in this cause because breast cancer takes more than a women’s bodacious boobs. It can kill you if it’s not caught early.
The more people who support this cause, the bigger our impact will be in helping to save lives from breast cancer.
Your donation is 100 percent tax deductible. It could help someone who is currently dealing with a breast cancer diagnosis, those who might face a future diagnosis, and those who can avoid a diagnosis altogether thanks to education and prevention.
Thank you in advance for your support. When we come together, we truly put the power of pink into action!
Jodi McGinnis Porter Breast cancer survivor Link to website: