Breast Cancer Awareness Month with Procter and Gamble (giveaway)

by Stefany on September 26, 2011

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and that has me (and many others) thinking about breast cancer and its affects on our lives.  At first thought, it seems as though my life hasn’t been touched by breast cancer very much.  I had a neighbor as a child that had breast cancer and underwent a mastectomy.  At the time, I really did not understand what happened to her or the extent of what her illness was.  I knew she was “sick” and that she “got better” but that was about it.

Other than that, I have not had any family affected by breast cancer.  I have had friends that were affected by breast cancer in their families, but not me.

Call me blessed.

As an adult, I changed my career and entered the nursing profession.  At that time, all I knew about illness and disease changed.  No longer could I live in my self-induced fantasy world where people didn’t get disease, and when they did, they only recovered.  No longer was I allowed to think that illness didn’t take people from their friends and family.   During nursing school, I worked with one male patient who had breast cancer.  Sadly, when you are in school, you only work with a patient a day or two before moving on to another.  I don’t know what happened to that man but he has crossed my mind from time to time.

After some time in the nursing profession, I entered long-term care nursing.  What this basically means is that I worked in a skilled care and transitional living facilities.  As you can imagine by the name, long-term care means that I was able to get to know my patients on a more personal level.  I was no longer the nurse that came and went.  I saw them several days a week.  I bandaged their wounds.  I wiped their tears.  I was a part of their lives and they mine.

During this time, I learned more about disease and illness than any nursing school could ever teach me.  I was forced to see the devastation that illness can bring upon a person and their family and friends.  This time is when breast cancer became commonplace for me; a fact that saddens me to this day.  I loved my patients and it was heartbreaking to see them hurting.  Breast cancer took more of the women I cared for than I would like to admit.  Sadly, diagnosis was late for many.  Others chose to not undergo treatment.  Still others just couldn’t fight the disease that was unjustly inflicted upon them.

Breast cancer hurts.  It hurts those that have it.  It hurts their family members and friends.  It also hurts those that care for them.  Breast cancer is not a disease that only affects the patient.  It affects everyone.  I still get sad when I think about those I have cared for and lost to breast cancer.  But, there are things we can do to help fight breast cancer with the help of Procter and Gamble and that gives me hope for the future.  P&G Beauty and the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., have partnered to share the gift of early detection through simple actions and everyday purchases. Elisabeth Hasselbeck and her family have also gotten involved to share their personal experiences with breast cancer and to help raise awareness for this important cause.

  • Save while you give. On Sunday, October 2, and Sunday, October 16, a GIVE Hope brandSAVER will be distributed in newspapers across the country, with discounts for P&G products, including Olay, Pantene, Crest and many more. For each GIVE Hope brandSAVER coupon redeemed, P&G will donate two cents to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) – allowing people to give back, while saving money.
  • Share with friends. “Like” P&G Beauty on Facebook. For every “like” at http://www.facebook.com/PGUnitedWeBeautify, P&G will donate 10 cents to NBCF to further support their mission of saving lives through early detection. The P&G Beauty Facebook page will also feature stories from female employees who have been impacted by this disease.
  • Buy, give and get. During the month of October, consumers will receive a $10 rebate ( http://www.pgpinkrebate.com/pink_rebate.pdf ) and will also trigger a $10 donation to NBCF with the purchase of $50 worth of P&G Beauty products, including Venus, Olay, Secret, CoverGirl, Nice ‘n Easy, Pantene, Safeguard and Ivory.
I encourage all of you to do something, anything, during the month of October to help fight breast cancer.  Whether you have personally been affected or not, breast cancer is here and is affecting those around you… your neighbors, your coworkers, your child’s teacher, or even the woman at your grocery store.  We all need to do what we can so that this disease does not take another mother, father, grandmother, sister, friend or loved one from us.  P&G has given us some easy ways to fight this disease together and I want you all to get involved.  Please, at the very least, like the Facebook page mentioned (http://www.facebook.com/PGUnitedWeBeautify) to help raise money to fight breast cancer.

 

P&G sent me a very nice gift box filled with some wonderful products.  They want to do the same for you!   I can’t tell you what is going to be in your box because it will contain a random sampling of full-size products, but I am sure you will enjoy it as much as I have mine.


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Bridget Heiple Reich September 26, 2011 at 8:21 am

My aunt died from breast cancer when I was in the 8th grade. I try to support research whenever I can.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I am so sorry to hear that Bridget. We live in a great area to support research too. There are tons of events in St. Louis!
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Mami2jcn September 26, 2011 at 8:58 am

My mother had a friend who passed away from breast cancer when I was about 7. We used to drive her to her chemo appointments. She was the first person I ever knew who died.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:32 pm

I am so sorry. The fact that you remember that means it affected you greatly. It is such a shame that your first experience with death was with something that affects women so much.
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karen M September 26, 2011 at 11:19 am

My best friend Marjorie is a Breast Cancer survivor. We stepped in and took care of her 3 children while she was recovering from surgery and chemo. She meet some incredible neighbors and friends that supported her and family. She never takes things for granted anymore.. she always reminds everyone how much we mean to her.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:33 pm

That is a great story Karen… and even greater lesson. Thank you for sharing.
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I know several that have had to have a biopsy done, my Mom included. We also have a male friend that has breast cancer and on my husband’s side of the family we have lost loved ones to this disease.
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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:34 pm

Rose, it seems so rare for men to have this disease but it certainly is more common than people think. I am sorry for the losses you and your family have had to deal with.
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jolynn September 26, 2011 at 12:51 pm

My grandmother had breast cancer a few years ago and was fortunate to have caught it early. As a result, she has been cancer free:) My best advice, is to check your breasts on a monthly basis! The more you become familiar with your breast- the easier it is to pinpoint when something feels a little lumpy:)

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm

You are so right Jolynn! I am so glad to hear your grandmother was able to recover and is doing well.
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Lori Guillen September 26, 2011 at 4:42 pm

remember to eat healthy

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm

Good point Lori! I think people often forget the necessity of eating healthy for all aspects of your life.
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Margaret Smith September 26, 2011 at 5:09 pm

My wonderful Mother in Law passed away two years ago from breast cancer. We still miss her dearly.
Thanks so much.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:35 pm

I am sorry for your loss Margaret.
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Jessica T. September 26, 2011 at 5:12 pm

Make sure you do home exams so you can ask your doctor about any suspicious lumps.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:36 pm

Jessica, great points. Women (and men) need to do the exams and have the courage to talk to their physician. Even thought it can be an uncomfortable talk, it is necessary for early intervention.
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brittney September 26, 2011 at 5:27 pm

My grandmother died of breast cancer and my aunt now has it. I go for regular checkups because of the family history. So far I’ve been ok, but I’m always worried.
brittneydejajason at gmail dot com

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:37 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family Brittney. I can’t blame you for being worried. I would be too.
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Kelly Ann T. September 26, 2011 at 7:13 pm

My grandmother and Aunt have both had breast cancer. This is just a mean disease, and all I can say is do your self exam and check-ups each year.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

I am sorry Kelly Ann. I can’t imagine having one person I love affected, let alone two. My thoughts and prayers are with you and your family.
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JoAnn F. September 26, 2011 at 8:26 pm

do self-examinations

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm
Melinda Mendy Dinsmore September 26, 2011 at 8:46 pm

I have an aunt that passed away from breast cancer. Monthly exams are important.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:38 pm

You are 100% right Melinda. I am sorry for your loss.
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valerie mabrey September 27, 2011 at 1:23 am

I lost an aunt to breast cancer, her children were changed forever. IF only it were now with all the early detections

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:40 pm

So much has changed with medicine. It gives me hope for the future of breast cancer research. I am so hopeful that one day women won’t have to worry about this horrible disease any longer.
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Roy F. September 27, 2011 at 4:53 am

You don’t have to go through it alone. Seek support groups.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:41 pm

Great point Roy. Those afflicted with any illness or disease need to seek support. Knowing you are not alone is necessary for your mental health I believe.
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Tari Lawson September 27, 2011 at 6:24 am

A friend I had at my gym battled breast cancer for years. She was always positive and upbeat; a real inspiration. Unfortunately she lost her battle last year.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:42 pm

I am so sorry Tari. That is awful. I pray that her positive and upbeat nature lives on even though she is no longer here with us.
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brenda September 27, 2011 at 6:48 am

My sister-in- law had breast cancer at the age of 35 ,and was fortunate to have caught it early. As a result, she has been cancer free for more than 15 years.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:43 pm

That is wonderful Brenda!!! It is so nice to hear a “success” story when it comes to breast cancer. Many blessings to her.
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Jessyca September 27, 2011 at 6:56 am

Make sure to do your self examines every month, and get you Mammogram yearly.
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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:44 pm

Yes Jessyca! These are for sure the necessary things to do!
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melissa September 27, 2011 at 7:35 am

please be aware of your body and get ALL your annual exams
this is my advise for both female and MALE

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm

Melissa, you are right. All annual exams are necessary. I sometimes think that women get caught up in one potential problem and ignore others. I know this is breast cancer awareness month, but women and men need to take care of all of their body!
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jennifer horn September 27, 2011 at 7:40 am

I have friends who have lost loved ones, but fortunately haven’t lost anyone close to me. Make sure to do monthly exams and have mamograms!

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:45 pm

I have not either Jennifer. I am glad to not have been personally affected, but I feel for my friends that have lost loved ones.

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EMMA L HORTON September 27, 2011 at 7:48 am

MY SISTER HAD BREAST CANCER BUT IT WAS CAUGHT AT THE EARLIEST STAGE POSSIBLE….AND THE WORD CANCER STRIKES FEAR IN ALL OF US

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

Emma, I hope your sister is doing well now. I am sure that your entire family is now worried about cancer.

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Sheila September 27, 2011 at 8:05 am

My best friend’s mother lost her battle with breast cancer in 2005. It was always something I thought about, but never so much as when she was diagnosed.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:46 pm

That is so sad Sheila. I am sorry for the loss you and your friend have endured.

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Karen September 27, 2011 at 8:22 am

My grandmother, stepmother, and step-grandmother all had breast cancer.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Oh Karen, that is horrible. I am sure the rest of your family is really being proactive now. Many blessings to you.

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Jessie C. September 27, 2011 at 8:51 am

Get regular check once a year.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Yes Jessie! You are right!

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Sarah Hirsch September 27, 2011 at 9:08 am

my advice is to do regular self-examinations and then anything that doesn’t feel normal – get checked out

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:47 pm

Great advice Sarah!

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Mary C. September 27, 2011 at 1:33 pm

I’m very lucky. So far (knock wood) breast cancer hasn’t affected me nor anyone close to me.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:48 pm

That is wonderful news Mary. If you are anything like me, that almost gives you a guilty feeling. I hope you and your friends remain untainted by cancer.

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Katharine September 27, 2011 at 1:37 pm

Breast cancer is very much an issue for me as my Mom is currently battling stage 3 breast cancer and I am headed in for a recheck of a suspicious spot on my last Mammogram.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I am so sorry Katharine. I will say a prayer for you and your mom. I truly wish the best for you.

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Meredith September 27, 2011 at 1:55 pm

My mother lost her best friend. It has made me realize the importance of taking every opportunity to love your friends and family.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:50 pm

Meredith, it is sad how it works, but it is often that way. I am sorry for the loss of your mother’s friend.

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Deborah Wellenstein September 27, 2011 at 2:11 pm

Many many years ago, before I was born, my grandmother died of breast cancer at age 51. In those days, (1940′s), there wasn’t much to be done for cancer.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

That is so sad too, isn’t it Deborah? I am so thankful for the medical advances available now. I am hopeful things continue to advance and someday we won’t have to worry about this nasty disease.

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Gloria Walshver September 27, 2011 at 2:35 pm

thank God I never had to go through Breast cancer, I had Mammograms to prevent it.
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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I am glad to hear that Gloria.

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Allison Downes September 27, 2011 at 2:43 pm

I dont know anyone that has had breast cancer, but to prevent it have mammograms

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I am glad you have been unaffected Allison. Mammograms are a good starting point in prevention for sure!
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Heather S September 27, 2011 at 4:27 pm

My Aunt is a breast cancer survivor so I learned alot about it from her. The most important thing she taught me is to keep a positive attitude and know you are going to beat it…and she did.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:52 pm

That is wonderful Heather! That brings a smile to my face.

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Suzanne K September 27, 2011 at 7:53 pm

My mom had breast cancer but is a survivor (more than 20 years!) Your story touched me. This is one of the causes I support, kudos to P&G for also supporting (and the many other wonderful corporate sponsors!)

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

That is wonderful Suzanne!! I am so happy to hear that your mother has been cancer free for so long. Many blessings to her!

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shannon palmer September 27, 2011 at 8:46 pm

My grandmother had breast cancer at the age of 70, and we watched her have to endure it and it was very hard.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:53 pm

Oh Shannon, how horrible. I am so sorry for that.

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clarissa September 27, 2011 at 9:47 pm

in my 20′s Ihad a freind that had breast cancer….she was so young. She fought for a few years and lost her battle . It was so scary to me because it made it no longer something to worry about when you got older.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Clarissa, that is so sad. I hate that there are so many affected by this disease… both young and old.

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Theresa Jenkins September 27, 2011 at 11:40 pm

woman young and old ,know your bodies plus yearly exams

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:54 pm

Great points Theresa!

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amy hollingsworth September 28, 2011 at 7:59 am

My God-Mother Marianne was diagnosed and fought breast cancer for years..she lost her battle 8 years ago and everyday when Breast Cancer Awareness comes about, I think of her and how important it is to receive yearly mammograms and to self exam daily…

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

I am sorry for your loss Amy.

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sherri crawford September 28, 2011 at 9:25 am

it hasn’t really affectted me , thank goodness, but of course i know of some who are not so fortunate

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:55 pm

Me too Sherri. Thank you for sharing.

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Kathy Dunaway September 28, 2011 at 11:04 am

My friend Debbie had breast cancer. It was really hard watching her and her family go through everything that they had to go through to get her well.It’s been 7 years and she is cancer free.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:56 pm

Kathy, I bet it was very hard. I am glad to hear that her battle was successful and she is cancer free.

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nan September 28, 2011 at 2:30 pm

my only advice is to get your mamogram done as soon as your eligible so you can get your baseline..and it doesn’t hurt
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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:57 pm

Nan, great point! It is important for women to remember that there are resources available for all women… even those uninsured!

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Monique Rizzo September 28, 2011 at 5:45 pm

I would say all woman should do a monthly breast exam at home!!
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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

Great point Monique!

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Pat B September 28, 2011 at 7:38 pm

My best friend’s mother has fought and beat breast cancer several times. It’s scary to think my bestie might have to deal with it one day, but she’s strong and I know she would beat it, and I’d be there every step of the way.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 8:58 pm

That is great to hear Pat… for the sake of your friend. Her mother sounds like a fighter so I have no doubt your friend would do the same.

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Barbara M September 29, 2011 at 12:43 am

Fighting breast cancer – #1 get regular mammograms!
And do monthly self exams.
I hope every one knows that.
Thank you.
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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I think there has been so much press about the necessity of mammograms and self exams that most women know all about it now. At least, I hope they do.

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Jennifer Paige September 29, 2011 at 1:21 am

My grandmother died of breast cancer at age 75. It affected our whole family. It’s extremely important to do self exams and see your doctor.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:00 pm

I am sorry for your loss Jennifer. Thank you for sharing your tips!

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Jamie Brigham September 29, 2011 at 8:14 pm

My grandmother had breast cancer, My aunt just had a double mastectomy from breast cancer at 60 and my cousin got breast cancer at 22 and died from it

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Oh Jamie, I am so sorry. Your family has been affected way more than should be allowed. My thoughts and prayers are with you all.

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Amber J September 29, 2011 at 9:55 pm

Obviously the best tip is to check yourself regularly, but you should also have your doctor check you yearly at the least.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:01 pm

Yes Amber! You are absolutely right. A doctor’s visit yearly is necessary!

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Kelly September 30, 2011 at 1:06 am

Breast Cancer has affected a few generations in my family. I can say that it has hit way too close to home. This is why I do monthly self exams and 2 x year mammograms. I would rather be ahead of it, then behind it. Tell everyone you know. If it is detected early your prognosis could be much better.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:02 pm

Great points Kelly! I am glad to know you are proactive with your health.

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SaraLee E September 30, 2011 at 6:20 am

My aunt is fighting for her life right now because of Breast cancer.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm

I am sorry SaraLee. My thoughts and prayers are with your aunt and your family.

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Janna Johnson
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September 30, 2011 at 10:57 pm

3 immediate family members of mine have had and survived breast cancer. one twice.
Blogtacular contest! Thanks so much! Janna Johnson Jannajanna@hotmail.com
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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:03 pm

While I am sorry to hear your family has been affected so much, I am glad to hear they all beat cancer.

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katklaw777 September 30, 2011 at 11:11 pm

My sister in law is a 2yr survivor,,,she is sooooooooooooo brave and it has brought our whole extended family together,

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:04 pm

That is often how it is, isn’t it? Illness and tragedy bring people together. I am glad your sister-in-law is doing well.

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brandy nelson October 1, 2011 at 10:26 am

I am blessed in that this disease has not affected me or my family yet. I am all about early detection, and think self-exams are critical!

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Many continued blessings Brandy. Thanks for sharing!

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Heather Lovell October 1, 2011 at 11:06 pm

My Great Aunt who at the time was battling breast cancer for the 3rd time, asked me if I would donate my hair to make a wig for her. Of course I agreed, but before I was able to grow it out, she passed away. Within the next month or so, I plan on donating my hair to lockes of Love in honor of my brave aunt Sue.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

I am so sorry for your loss Heather. That is a wonderful thing you are doing.

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Melissa Hans October 2, 2011 at 10:14 am

Fight breast cancer with early detection, such as mammograms and self assessments.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:05 pm

Great points Melissa. Thank you for sharing.

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Susan Chester
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October 2, 2011 at 11:29 am

Fortunately, I have not been personally affected by breast cancer. One way I know to fight it is to give yourself monthly breast exams.
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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Thanks for sharing Susan!

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charline October 2, 2011 at 12:06 pm

Do your monthly exams
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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:06 pm

Yes! This is a must!

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♡♥♬ Louis ♡♥♬ October 3, 2011 at 7:20 am

it is important that we all talk about – the more popular the topic is the better are the chances that researchers will finally discover a cure

Thank you for hosting this giveaway

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:07 pm

Not only that, but the more we talk about it, the easier it is to talk about. Shame and fear are two things I think that keep women and men from talking about breast cancer. Great points!

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Lorri S October 3, 2011 at 4:14 pm

Breast cancer has not effected my family personally, but I did take care of elderly women who had had breast cancer and survived.

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Stefany October 3, 2011 at 9:08 pm

That is wonderful Lorri. If you read my post, you know that taking care of others is my experience with breast cancer as well. It makes it difficult to not get too personal I think… but we all know a good caretaker tends to get personal. :)

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Rachel R.
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October 4, 2011 at 1:24 pm

I am fortunate that no one in my immediate family has been affected, but I have a coworker who has survived it, and my husband’s grandma is a survivor as well (after a double mastectomy).

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Stefany October 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Thanks for sharing Rachel. I am glad you know survivors!

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Nicole Larsen October 4, 2011 at 1:28 pm

Breast cancer hasn’t affected me or any friends/family, but my tip/advice is to be regular and current up to date on mammograms!

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Stefany October 4, 2011 at 9:27 pm

Great advice Nicole!

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Theresa October 5, 2011 at 10:50 pm

My grandmother died in her early 40′s from breast cancer. As I inch closer to 40, I am more and more active in self breast exams and yearly check ups, and encouraging my sisters to do the same. If grandma had caught it early she could still have been here with us.

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Stefany October 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

It is so sad to me how many people were lost to a disease that could have been stopped if found earlier. I am glad you are doing what is necessary to protect yourself!
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ferriz October 6, 2011 at 2:51 am

one of my best friends got breast cancer at 24. She is better now but had a young son and it was very scary and hard for everyone. Good thing she is a fighter!

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Stefany October 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

That is so young. I am glad she is doing well now!
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angela dupree October 6, 2011 at 8:34 am

My Aunt has had breast cancer twice and she has been cancer free for 14 now, so don’t give up there is hope!

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Stefany October 6, 2011 at 8:50 am

Amazing! Thank you for sharing your inspirational story!
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I have known people who have both won and lost against bc. One winner had a radical mastectomy and had fake (pull out) boobs- and her grandson’s friend who was about 4 at the time BIT IT.

If you ever need to get a false breast, KEEP OUT OF REACH OF CHILDREN.
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Stefany October 6, 2011 at 9:31 am

Wow, not something I would want to have to tell the doc. :) Thanks for sharing!
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Erica C. October 6, 2011 at 1:26 pm

Breast cancer hasn’t affected me too closely, but most other forms of cancer has. The best thing is to be there for everyone close to you.

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Stefany October 6, 2011 at 8:48 pm

Agreed! A good support system is important!

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Valeen N October 6, 2011 at 2:11 pm

My dear friend, sister-in-law and mother-in-law are all currently fighting Breast cancer. They are true examples to me of valiant women who will not be beaten by this cancer!

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Stefany October 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

I am so sorry you are affected so much. My thoughts and prayers are with each of them!

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Cori Westphal
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My aunt recently went thru a full mastectomy due to breast cancer and it’s been really hard on her. they always say laughter is the best medicine, and it truly is. Nothing worked better for her than to keep upbeat and just makes jokes about the situation and what kind of new jugs she was gonna get!

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Stefany October 6, 2011 at 8:49 pm

That is hilarious Cori. Good for her for being so strong!

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Lana Bradstream October 6, 2011 at 5:21 pm

My relative got breast cancer.
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Stefany October 6, 2011 at 8:50 pm

I am sorry to hear that Lana.

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Rosey October 6, 2011 at 8:19 pm

We have two friends who have it, one who just had a double mastectomy.

My advice: A lot of my friends don’t go every single year for their mammogram. When you hit 40, go every year, without fail. Early detection is key, and this is so the case where safe is better than sorry.

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Stefany October 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

You are absolutely right Rosey. This is especially true since there are a number of resources available to all women despite insurance availability.

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McKim October 6, 2011 at 8:35 pm

My aunt, who had breast cancer passed away last fall. I miss her very much.

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Stefany October 6, 2011 at 8:51 pm

I am so sorry to hear that. My thoughts are with you.

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Heidi October 7, 2011 at 12:33 am

My grandmother was lucky enough to beat breast cancer. Although she had to have a single mastectomy, she has been so brave and has never felt sorry for herself. Her ordeal reminds me constantly how important it is to do a monthly self check.
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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:17 pm

That is fantastic news! Thanks for sharing Heidi!

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Deborah Rosen October 7, 2011 at 7:51 am

My Mom fought breast cancer and I can tell you that it really frightened this extremely strong woman. So do your breast exams and get your mammograms. Mom’s been cancer free for more than 15 years!

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm

That is wonderful Deborah. I am so glad that your mother is cancer free now!

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nanjhall October 7, 2011 at 8:03 am

It affected me since my mother had breast cancer and that puts me in a high risk category. The best thing you can do is to get your mammogram yearly – this will catch it long before a self examination.

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm

My thoughts and prayers are with you. I am glad you are taking care of yourself!

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Julie L October 7, 2011 at 8:35 am

My lovely mom is a 5 year breast cancer survivor
thanks

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:18 pm

Great news!

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Jen Harriman October 7, 2011 at 9:36 am

My cousin survived breast cancer after a mastectomy & a few other close family members have had to have biopsies, I am very cautious with breast checking. Can’t escape the fear it will happen to me! Breast cancer research & awareness efforts are very important to me!

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm

I bet Jen. I am glad you are so proactive though. I hope you remain cancer free.

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Breast cancer hasn’t affected our family thank God.
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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:19 pm

That is definitely something to be thankful for.

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clynsg October 7, 2011 at 11:58 am

My family has been lucky in that no one has had breast cancer, but in my nursing career and with some family friends, there have been many patients and family members who have had to deal with it. I still remember one from my early work years, way before so many of the medications and advanced treatments that give hope now, who was in the last stages of the disease. I had never before nor since almost prayed that anyone would find peace in death–no one who has never seen it can have any real idea of the agony–we could not give her enough medication to give her relief for more than a very short period of time. Titrated pain management was not yet developed. It is a very good thing to have lived long enough to have seen real advances in health care, and believe me, I am so happy that my daughters and grandchildren have a real chance of living into an era where the disease can be cured, not just treated!

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm

I agree with you completely. I wrote about a nursing perception of the disease as well. I think it is a completely different take than many people would know.

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Michelle Hagewood October 7, 2011 at 12:51 pm

Breast cancer has not affected me directly, thank goodness, but it has affected my sister. Her best friend passed away from a long battle with cancer almost a year ago. She was only 21! They tried everything, mastectomy, chemo, and multiple surgeries all to no avail. My sister just got a tattoo in memory of Dallie and how much she meant to her.

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:21 pm

How sad Michelle. It is such a horrible disease any time but that young is just so sad.

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Melanie T October 7, 2011 at 4:15 pm

My grandmother passed away from it. Mammograms are very important!

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:22 pm

I am sorry for your loss Melanie. Thank you for sharing your experience.

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Joanne Schultz October 7, 2011 at 5:24 pm

My grandmother had had breast cancer and had a radical mastectomy. My mother had a biopsy once. Her doctor didn’t have much of a bedside manner – he told her that when she woke up from the anaesthesia, if she’d had cancer, her breast would be gone! Hopefully doctors are a little more sensitive these days. My mother had been in an accident in her late teens, so it was scar tissue that they’d seen.

Thanks for the giveaway!

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm

That is absolutely horrible Joanne. Oh my. I am just speechless. I am glad your mother was okay but that doctor did not need to be working with anyone, but especially women!

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My grandmother has had it twice, not a recurrence, but another, separate episode. Both were caught early, and she’s cancer free. I remember when her hair grew back after chemo. She said “feel my feel my hair. It’s as soft as rabbit fur!” It was!
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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:23 pm

Yes Andrea! The hair can grow back different. I hope your grandmother continues to be cancer free!

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Amanda Sakovitz October 7, 2011 at 5:31 pm

My boyfriend’s mother had breast cancer a couple of years ago and after chemo she is cancer free! Thank you for the giveaway!

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm

That is great news Amanda!

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Deb S October 7, 2011 at 5:48 pm

My mother passed away with breast cancer when I was young. Both of my sisters are breast cancer survivors. We have way more experience with this than anyone would want.

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:24 pm

It certainly sounds that way. I am so sorry your family has been affected so much.

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elka October 7, 2011 at 7:41 pm

Give yourself self breast exams often in between dr. checkups or mammogram screenings

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm

Great advice!

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Colleen S October 7, 2011 at 9:09 pm

As women we tend to put our heath and wellness secondary to taking care of everyone else. We have to change the mentality that I we take care of us that extends to our families as well.

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:25 pm

I agree with that 100% Colleen.

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Chris N October 7, 2011 at 9:15 pm

My best friend was diagnosed with breast cancer the week before her wedding. The week before her mastectomy, her husband lost his job and their insurance (luckily she was able to get on her company’s insurance). It made me remember that you need to be thankful for every good day you have and that my life wasn’t as bad as it seemed some days.

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:26 pm

A little reality check, huh? I hope your friend is okay now.

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Susan Smith October 7, 2011 at 9:21 pm

I have a friend who had breast cancer that was caught early so I make sure I have a regular mammagram.

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

That is good to hear Susan!

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Michelle Spayde October 7, 2011 at 9:53 pm

I met a young woman that encouraged me, unlike her, to always follow up on medical issues, even if it’s only a feeling you may have that something is wrong. Shortly after I met her, she lost her fight with breast cancer. She waited too long…

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

That is awful Michelle. I hope she knows that she changed at least one life with her testimony.

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Sand
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Last year my mom lost two of her best friends to breast cancer.

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Stefany October 7, 2011 at 11:27 pm

So sad. :(

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Karen Wieland October 8, 2011 at 9:26 pm

I recently met a woman who was taking her husband to the same treatment center as my dad for prostate cancer. As we visited I learned that she, at that same time, was going through her second round of treatments for breast cancer and it was believed to have spread to her bones. This woman never complained she just did what she knew she had to for each of them, no matter how she felt from her own treatments. She was a true fighter and a wonderful inspiration for all.

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Stefany October 8, 2011 at 9:40 pm

Karen, you are 100% right. She is an inspiration. I pray that she and her husband are able to fight and recover.

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Becky Conder October 11, 2011 at 1:02 pm

My aunt who is my dads sister is 92 years old and she had breast cancer in her early 30′s and had to have both breast remove, I am glad to say that she is a 60 year survior.

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Andy June 19, 2012 at 9:37 am

http://procterandgamble1-4dioxanecausecancer.blogspot.com/

Above is a blog that talks about what is in some Proctor and Gamble products.

I am sorry but this information needs to be out there. Proctor and Gamble manufactures products that are linked to cancer. Please stop funding this hazardous company as well as others that use toxins. They want us to believe that are “doing good” but they are not in any way. Just how much money are they raising and actually donating to these breast cancer organizations? It is ALL a marketing tactic. On top of it all, many companies hold caps on their breast cancer products and then pocket the extra money themselves. Let’s stop this madness and really work for the cause. My heart goes out to everyone and each family affected by this horrible disease. Together we can fight this.

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