Self Awareness

This is a gentle reminder, from me to you, to take care of yourself. It may sound like a very simple concept: Taking care of yourself sounds like an easy thing to do, and many of us think that we do, but we really don’t. We work out for a stronger, healthier body. We take the time for manicure’s, pedicure’s, facials, waxing, going to the beauty shop… all the things that help us to create the appearance that everything is in order. Looking waxed, buffed, polished and spit-shined on the outside just isn’t enough.

How about your insides? Are your tissues pink and healthy? Have you done everything possible to insure that your veins and arteries, your muscles… and all your vital organs are functioning at optimum capacity? And yes, have you checked for lumps, bumps, lesions and other abnormalities? If you haven’t then shame on you! The one thing you should never do is to play games with your health. Your physical, mental and emotional well-being are essential to the quality of your life. So, the reminder that… every day of each and every month of the year is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Maybe you have lost a friend, relative or know of someone who has battled, is battling or survived this thing called breast cancer. Maybe you have had to deal with the diagnosis yourself. One thing is for sure; it might be scary to think about the possibility of having it, but not knowing is even scarier. There is no excuse for not assuming the responsibility for your own health. Don’t stop reading now. I know that you know what I am talking about! We tend to ignore health issues until it happens to happen to us.

Why is it that we have to wait for a “Disease Awareness Month” to think seriously about any aspect of our health? Maintaining your health is a full time, year round job. You owe it to yourself to take the time to maintain your insides as well as you do your outside. If you aren’t afraid to change your hair color or consider losing a few pounds by embarking on a weight-training program, than surely you can take a few precious moments out of one day in 364 to be good to yourself by getting a mammogram. Your breasts… no your family, friends and most importantly, you will be relieved and happy even, that you did.

Now, I don’t know you personally and you don’t know me, but woman to woman… Please get a mammogram. Be a good friend; remind one another to get a mammogram… go get mammogram’s together! Stop thinking that it happens to everybody else… it can happen to you. Think about it.

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