This is a sponsored post in partnership with Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program.
I haven’t been diagnosed with breast cancer. I check myself but the story I have to share about breast cancer isn’t my own. Breast Cancer Awareness Month is important to me.
One of my good friends was diagnosed with breast cancer. In her 20s.
We worked together (different floors but same job) and I knew she had some testing done. Waiting for the results can be one of the hardest parts… except when it isn’t. Getting a phone call that says you’ve tested positive for breast cancer can put your whole life on pause.
I watched her handle it with grace but I’m sure she was so scared inside. I even took the time to take her out of town before her big surgery: I wanted to make sure she was able to have some fun. Even if it got her mind off of everything for that weekend, it was worth it.
I’m happy to say, she’s made it through the chemo, surgery and radiation. She is cancer free.
Want to make sure you and your family can try and reduce the risk of Breast Cancer?
Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They created a mother-daughter toolkit mothers can use to talk to daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.
Share this with whomever you can. Breast Cancer awareness is important and definitely something families should be talking about. If you need more information on Breast Cancer and how you can reduce your risk, check out this flyer. The link will allow you to print it as well and share.