Sunday, May 22, 2011

Kickin' Cancer to the Curb

You've heard me talk about my friend (my age, which you all know now is 40 years old, although I think she may still be 39), who is battling breast cancer. She has completed her treatments and is now on her way to a brand new life. A life, I might add, that she is not taking for granted, and one that she lives to the fullest.
Last night she had a fund raiser event for the Avon Breast Walk, in hopes of someday finding a cure for this horrible disease.
Breast cancer affects approximately 1 in 8 women in their lifetimes. My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor.
Part of my right to passage when I turned 40 years old, was to get my first mammogram. It was a bit scary, and a bit complicated, but I'm here to say that it's SO important to have it done yearly. Don't neglect your mammogram because you are scared (even if you have a valid concern, like a lump). There's always someone who will go with you to get your mammogram done. Don't neglect your mammogram due to cost. There's lots of free clinics out there that provide mammograms at no cost to women. And remember to check your breasts monthly. Know your own body! Let's kick breast cancer to the curb, not only for our generation, but for the next to come!

Stats - Hooter Hat (knit with the owl cable as the focal point).
Size 8 bamboo and addi turbo needles.
Yarn: Debbie Stoller's Bamboo Ewe - in Pink of course!
Pattern: Heavily modified form of a combination of hat patterns. Contact me if you want the exact formula I used.


peaknits said...

How freaking adorable! I have been having mammograms for 5 years thanks to lady lumps - but thankfully no "C" - I have shed a tear as they squeeze the bejesus out of me - but so worth it to know I just have benign lumpiness. My aunt is struggling with breast cancer right now - I would love your formula for this cool-a$$ hat! She would rock it I am sure!

knit one, knit two said...

Yay hooter hat!

My MIL had a clean mammo recently - she's now one year in remission. My time's coming - not looking forward but it's really important to get tested. Preach it sister!

Morticcia said...

Damn you make me feel guilty. I have a slip in my bill bin for the mammogram I should have gotten last summer.

Life is worth it.

Can I just say I am so in love with that "fight like a girl" slogan.