October 1st marks the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a life altering moment when someone is told that they have breast cancer. While it is a common type of cancer, breast cancer is the second leading cause of cancer death amongst Canadians. Thankfully with continuous research, people are surviving breast cancer more than ever before, but there is still a tremendous amount of work that needs to be done.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October 1 – 31, 2021) is an annual campaign created to raise awareness about the impact that breast cancer has on so many individuals who are fighting it. We can help make a difference every single day, but especially in the month of October, we can help in our own special ways to support the fight against breast cancer.
With everyone involved, there can be ground-breaking research that will possibly prevent, help identify and provide care for people who are at risk of or are currently fighting breast cancer.
My mother’s story.
Ever since I was a little girl, I would look at my mother like she was invincible. Even now, she is the strongest woman I know because she gave me life, raised me into a courageous woman, and continued to support me throughout every one of my ups and downs, all while going through so much herself.
3 years ago, my very invincible mother was diagnosed with stage 4 breast cancer. I remember sitting in the doctor’s office feeling numb while hearing those words. That is the day I experienced just how strong my mother really was. While I cried, she calmly said to the doctor, “so, what are we going to do about it?” She was brave, I heard the strength in her voice. She knew she was going to fight through this. My mother wasn’t going to be defined by this, she was going to defeat this.
My mom knew she was going to make it through, because she wanted to live for my dad, my kids, and me. Since that diagnosis, she fought through a very, very tough storm with the help of her amazing doctors, live saving research and medicine, family, and the biggest one of all – her faith. And now, here we are, three years later and she is doing better than ever. She gets to play with her grandchildren everyday, and I get my mom everyday.
I know that is not the case for a lot of people. They don’t get the chance to have that one more day with their loved ones who were diagnosed, fought, and lost their lives to breast cancer. Therefore, this month while we fight breast cancer, we remember those who lost the fight to it and those who are fighting it still. Let us all support, in any way that we can.
Some ways you can help.
CIBC Run for the Cure. On October 3, CIBC will be having their annual run for the cure event. You still have time to join and many ways to donate and fundraise. This event raises millions of dollars annually in support of the breast cancer cause.
Donate. You can make a one-time donation, or even become a monthly donor and help fund research that finds new ways to detect and treat breast cancer. Donate to the Canadian Cancer Society today.
Fundraise. Organizing a fundraiser is an exceptional way to raise money for breast cancer research. Organize a dinner, walk, party, bake sale, etc. The list can go on! Have fun organizing an event for a great cause!
Be a support system. If you know of someone that is fighting breast cancer, be there for them. Whether it’s to talk, hang out, or just to listen, being there for them is one of the biggest ways you can help.
Spread the word. You can help by spreading the word about breast cancer awareness month. The more people are educated of breast cancer, the more it will help create awareness with things like screenings, early detection, and treatment.
Wear your pink ribbons. Wear your pink ribbons or clothes to show your support and spread awareness this October.
Fund research initiatives. Look into funding research initiatives that are trying to find a cure for breast cancer.
However you choose to support during Breast Cancer Awareness Month, it will not go unrecognized. Let’s help fight breast cancer. Let’s help find a cure.