As breast cancer awareness month comes to a close, I wonder again why we’ve allotted just one month to creating awareness on a massive scale for a disease that affects so many women. From celebrity-created short films
to specialty products from eyewear manufacturers
, the pressure to be "aware" is squeezed into one month and practically crammed down our throats. What happens on November 1? Do we stop being "aware" of breast cancer?
My mom is a breast cancer survivor, going on 12 years now. She's done really well. She's incredibly active, she's happy, she's glad to be alive. One thing that hasn't been that terrific is her immune system, she catches every illness that flies in front of her face. I blame her cancer treatment for this, she was terribly over-medicated. One of the resounding themes in Greg Anderson's new book, Breast Cancer: 50 Essential Things You Can Do
is that women are being given too much treatment and they're being stripped of healthy and thriving immune systems. He doesn't advocate not
using Western Medicine to heal, he does advocate a holistic and fully integrated approach that helps keep as much of your immune system intact as possible. Check it out. I'm certain there are women in your life who can use his guiding hand.
There isn't a month that goes by when I don't think about my mom and breast cancer, and how grateful I am that she has survived and thrived; and how at any moment one of my sisters might be diagnosed (or me) with breast cancer and how important it is to be aware, whether it's October or not.