October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Remembering a Friend
My best friend’s name is Bonnie; she has a loving spouse and is the mother of five. When Bonnie was just fourteen years old her mother was diagnosed with an aggressive form of breast cancer. At age 34, Bonnie herself was diagnosed with the same aggressive breast cancer. She passed away in 2003. In the memories of those she loves, she is very much alive – this is why I still speak of her in the present tense most of the time. She is still my best friend. Bonnie was an amazing person, full of spirit and spunk. In Bonnie’s case the doctors gave her only 4 months from the time of diagnosis to live. She made it through a year and a half of alternative treatments before she caught what she thought was the flu and a migraine. She went so quickly I was not able to say goodbye. But she is with me every day.
Not a Sad Month
Breast Cancer awareness is not just about the sadness of losing someone close to you. It can also be about remembering and honoring those who have lost their battle and rejoicing with those who have won. It’s to help others become aware of the many faces and memories that are associated with this disease. The survivors and victims of breast cancer are mothers, daughters, fathers (yes, men can get breast cancer too), grandmothers, aunts — the list goes on. It doesn’t discriminate between one loved one and another.
What Hope is There for Breast Cancer?
Cancer comes in many forms, but there are things you can do to help strengthen your immune system. You can give your body a fighting chance in preventing cancer. When we write about detoxifying the environment it is not simply so we can feel better. It’s also so that you can be healthier. Feeling better is a byproduct of living a healthy, toxin-free, organic, lifestyle. By rooting out the toxins in your life you are giving your body one less thing to fight against. This way, when bigger ailments attack, your immune system is prepared. Bonnie only had 4 months to live and love her family, but she defied all odds and fought against cancer for the next year and a half. She felt it was because of the healthy lifestyle she kept, both before and during her fight with cancer, that made it possible for her to stay with her family that much longer. This is not to say that someone else who lives a healthy lifestyle will prolong their diagnosis. But why not give your body a fighting chance? By living a healthy life and promoting organic toxic-free and chemical-free products you are not only helping your own immune system – you are also protecting your loved one’s health.
Applications & Breast Cancer Resources
- Read more about taking a natural path to warding off cancer through the Susan G. Komen website
- Go to com for 5 tips on how to stay healthy after breast cancer
- Find out what chemicals you have in your environment so you can protect yourself
- Check out org to get a better understanding of why Organic is better for healing and prevention