It’s October 1st and that means the beginning of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. We’ve all been touched by the disease in some manner and October is the perfect time to not only celebrate the survivors (yay, you!), but become more aware of the disease.
At the library, we have plenty of great books on the subject to help those going through it as well as the loved ones who are affected in different ways. And not all the books are doom and gloom (neither is the disease anymore, as most survivors will tell you, even though we still have a long way to go). There are plenty of memoirs, fitness books and even a Chicken Soup collection!
The Canadian Cancer Society has a great webpage, with lots of information about the disease and what you can do to protect yourself. As always, early detection is often the key, so know what to look for and you’ll be ten steps ahead. There is a lively (and informative) webpage hosted by the Canadian Cancer Society that aims to take a little of the fear out of screenings. Drop by Thingamaboob for more.
While October is a month devoted to the disease, this isn’t something that we should only think about once a year. It’s something that can affect our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, cousins, friends and co-workers, and we need to raise as much awareness about this as possible, in order to find a cure. Wear your pink ribbon this month to show your support. (I’m going to be using my pink marker on all my work this month, I think!) And most of all, donate, donate, donate! We can beat this!