Breast Cancer Awareness and a Vitamix

553d6053ee829983dcd77ca836def795Everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, but did you know that about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.

My aunt Mary Jean has already beaten breast cancer once, but unfortunately once again battling it right now. I would appreciate if you would pray for her. Also if there is someone I can pray for in your family please let me know in the comment section. 

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  • age 20-34: administer breast self-examination monthly; get physical examination of the breast by trained professional every 3 years
  • age 35-39: administer breast self-examination monthly; get physical examination of the breast by trained professional every 3 years; get baseline mammogram for reference
  • age 40+: administer breast self-examination monthly; get physical examination of the breast by trained professional yearly; get mammogram yearly
  • all ages: Patients with immediate relatives who have had breast cancer should get mammograms every 6 months, as family history is a common risk factor

I’ve already had my first mammogram and honestly it wasn’t a big deal, other than the stress. When you get sent for a mammogram at such a young age for a specific reason the stress is pretty high. Not only that, but I heard so many things about getting a mammogram that I really had no idea what to expect.

I can’t really tell you how to deal with the stress, because it’s just incredibly stressful. I can however break the myth that mammograms are awful. It was so much worse in my mind than in reality. I do not know how things used to be, but it was painless and did not take very long. Awkward yes, painful no. Plus, I was given my mammogram and ultrasound results before I left. Within a few days I also got in my biopsy results. I’m extremely fortunate that whatever caused my issue was a fluke.

Many of my friends and family that have beaten cancer have changed their diets a lot. They’ve become purposeful about eating healthier and organic. They often incorporate smoothies and juices as a way to do so. The Vitamix is pretty much the ultimate when it comes to making healthy smoothies and that’s why I’ve partnered with Saint Agnes and my fellow ABB bloggers to giveaway a Vitamix this month.

vitamixEnter to win a  5200 Standard Vitamix worth $450

This giveaway is sponsored by Saint Agnes Hospital Breast Center.

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  1. Lisa Brown says

    Boy, Tami’s experience with cancer is heartbreaking; I have empathy for all those that have battled and are battling this disease; her husband is loving and so supportive – that makes fighting for life, worth it.

  2. Rebecca N says

    I feel very fortunate to have no experience with cancer, either myself or in my immediate family. So although I didn’t relate directly to anyone in the video, it made me take a pause for gratitude.

  3. Lilia Kharabora says

    I can relate to the friend. A friend of ours from the Ukraine, father of 12 has been diagnosed with cancer. Heart breaking! Kind and positive video. Thank you.

  4. Kricket Fountain says

    Wow, what a moving and inspirational video. I definitely relate to Kristen & Jessica. My mother had colon cancer, not breast cancer, but the severity of the situation is not

  5. Jessie says

    I can relate to the family’s struggle in dealing with a member with cancer. Although I don’t know anyone personally who has had breast cancer, I did lose my grandmother to stomach cancer and it wasn’t great to watch her deal with it. However I can say that I am happy that she is no longer in pain and I wish this family and yours the best outcome possible with this illness. I will pray for you both 🙂

  6. Michelle Gordon says

    I relate most to the friend. Hopefully one day cancer will be just a bad memory. Let’s get it wiped out!

  7. amy pugmire says

    The daughters the most. Although it was my father that was diagnosed with cancer (not breast) I’m sure I went through similar feelings and situations and thoughts as the girls did. My father actually passed away 2 years ago. I still struggle dealing with it today and my dads mom passed away of breast cancer. So this subject touches me very deeply.

  8. abedabun dawn says

    I cant really relate to any of them. Though I am happy they can be so positive, I can not be. You see, my mom died. Cancer can be fierce. Sorry, but I can share. It hurts to much.

  9. Kelly says

    I relate most to the daughters. My mom had breast cancer and it was terrifying. I wanted to be so strong for her, but she is my best friend and she is who I go to when I am scared.

  10. Beanybopp says

    I dont really relate to any since the one in my family effected by breast cancer is my aunt. She just had a double mastectomy done a month ago today. Thank goodness she does not need chemo or radiation (radiation if she chooses since one biopsy showed some cells but not enough to force her to do radiation). Right now she is weighing the pros and cons of radiation but I do not think that she will go with it and leave the lymph node alone. My aunt is very lucky in which they caught it VERY early. She has gone for her mammograms every year for years (she is 47 shhhh) and this is the first year that had shown anything. My family is high risk and I will be making sure that I get checked every year as soon as I can!

  11. Lois Martin says

    Very touching to read. My grandmother died from breast cancer when I was only 9 months old. They couldn’t do much for it then. I hope to see a cure for cancer in my life time, I think that’s a sentiment widely shared.

  12. Tamra Gibson says

    I could actually really relate to Kristen the daughter but then when I heard Tami it reminded me of the positive I bestowed on my mother on law. I have a habit of being able to keep othet people’s spirit’s up even if im scated to know end in my heart

  13. Elaine Powell says

    my Aunt had breast cancer with other health problems. now have a niece, 50, that just had right breast removed and is doing treatments.

  14. Petra Jadan says

    If there’s one thing I am scared inline is cancer. I have not experience it in my close family yet however, all of these peoples testimonies are heard breaking. I think I would never be prepared if cancer strike sin my family.

  15. says

    I can relate to the husband who is supportive and a rock for his wife. I’ve been chronically ill and I don’t know what I would do without my supportive husband. Thanks for a great giveaway!

  16. Kiki Bacaro says

    I had a hysterectomy this year and lo and behold, the pathology report came back with the diagnosis of cancer. It was completely unexpected since the surgery was for hyperplasia but it was a very big wake up call to me. I related to all the people in the video as I have had friends and family with cancer and now myself diagnosed.

  17. MaryAnn says

    I can identify with the daughter named Kristin. I heard of my mother’s cancer in a similar way, and her comments about her Mom are words that I have said. I wish the whole family the best.

  18. stephanie says

    My coworker found out she had breast cance.r she is an amazing teacher . We are all praying she caught it early enough to win the battle.

  19. Vickie says

    Oh my gosh..I relate with the whole family but the blonde daughter the most and what she said about her momma always being their for her..we are a family of 2 daughters and a husband with my mom’s cancer. IT is a wicked disease to date we have lost 5 members within 2 years..I will pray for you beautiful Aunt.

  20. Leila Emeric says

    I am very blessed and greatful that Cancer has not affected me or my loved ones in anyway so I unable to relate.

  21. Brynn says

    I related most to the daughters because I watched my step mother go through breast cancer and survive! She is an inspiration to me

  22. Chuck says

    My first wife died from breast cancer at a relatively young age. Terrible disease. A Vitamix is one kitchen appliance I have always desired, but never got around to affording. Thanks for the chance.

  23. Marian Boll says

    Tami would be the closest to my mother in law who had breast cancer and fought it for several years…Miss her beyond belief.

  24. Heather Voorhees says

    I can relate to the daughters the most. My grandmother went struggled with breast cancer. Thankfully, she beat the cancer over a decade ago and has been in remission since.

  25. Penni says

    I can relate mostly to the daughters featured in the video, probably because I am the daughter of two parents who have both had cancer – one of whom is a survivor, the other who survived two types of cancer and died of a third.

  26. lara r says

    What a great inspiring story. Everyone should have such a great outlook. I relate more to Jessica’s story. She loves her mom and understands not to be scared.

  27. christine burd says

    I have been in the same boat as Tony , caring for a spouse that has cancer. It was very hard having a loved one be so ill.

  28. April Taylor says

    Cancer Sucks! I have been affected by cancer many times. Family and close friends have been taken from me. I am supporting another close friend as he fights cancer today. I can relate somewhat to all of them.

  29. Kristina Kohler says

    I can relate my mom is a breast cancer survivor I see that her spouse and daughter are right there for her..

  30. shantelle stately says

    I can definitely relate to the daughter’s feelings. My mother recently found out she had cancer but fortunately found it very early and treated it. Such a scary experience for everyone involved.

  31. Kathleen says

    I’ve been lucky enough not to have anyone close to me have cancer, but found Tami’s words to be very inspiring. I can’t imagine what it would be like to have cancer, let alone to remain strong and positive through it all.

  32. Amanda Bunnell says

    Kristen’s story was very touching. I hope be continue to be as fortunate as I have been so far. Thankfully all my family members who had had cancer have beat it:)

  33. Ashley Smith says

    My grandmother has beaten breast cancer 2 times. I can relate to all of them in some way. I mostly relate to the Daughters Jessica and Kristin.

  34. lisa g says

    I actually am very lucky that breast cancer has not affected anyone i know personally. But i know i am not in the clear. I have my children to think abou so know i have to stay healthy for them

  35. Mary Hoffman says

    I can relate to the friend, my friend passed away 3 years ago from “Pancreatic Cancer” at 49 yrs. old. You feel hopeless, and can’t do anything but pray!

  36. Elizabeth A says

    My mom battled cancer last year. Thankfully, she’s doing better now, but the role of the friend really resonated for me in the video. It’s tough to see someone you love go through such an awful situation.

  37. Angela says

    I can’t relate to anyone, because I have never had to deal with any family or friends that had cancer. This video made me feel more blessed.

  38. Natalie S says

    I can relate to Kristin – I remember getting the call when I was at work from my mom that my dad had been diagnosed with CLL cancer. Hardest phone call ever…

  39. Jessica Snow says

    I can relate to the daughter as I was in that position when my mother had pancreatic cancer.
    Thanks for the giveaway! =)

  40. Kyla H says

    This video was both heartbreaking and inspiring. A cancer diagnosis is never easy, but I love how this family radiates positivity in spite of everything they’ve been through. Not only is Tami strong and beautiful, she’s got a beautiful support system all around her. I loved her daughter Jessica’s comments about how “cancer doesn’t mean you’re dying”, and she’s right.

  41. spiffikins says

    I mostly relate to Tami’s story – her daughter’s comments about how “Cancer doesn’t mean that your dying” is inspiring!

  42. Liana May says

    I can relate to the friend, heartbreaking when you learn that are dear beloved friend has breast cancer or any cancer for that matter.

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  45. Alicia says

    That was a very powerful video. I relate the most to Tami. I was diagnosed with breast cancer on December 22, 2011. I had my first surgery was January 2012. It was then that my doctor found several sites of very aggressive, invasive cancer. I had 33 treatments of radiation, 12 weeks of chemo + antibody therapy, 14 additional treatments of antibody treatment. My daughters were 7 and 8 went this journey began. My husband has been my rock & my hero. His love and devotion has seen me through very dark days. I have 4 sisters and 7 nieces that I worry about every day. My grandmother died of breast cancer at 65. Any breast cancer survivor will tell you that the fear of reoccurrence is with you every day. The long lasting effects of surgery, radiation & chemo are part of daily life. A great way to get healthy is by drinking veggie & fruit smoothies. A Vitamix is an incredible tool to use everyday in a family’s quest for a healthier life. Thank you for this incredible opportunity to win a Vitamix. It’s been on my wish list for a long time, but out of financial ability. God bless Tami and those who love her.

  46. Jennifer Speed says

    I relate to the friend the most because one of my cousin’s mother had cancer but she recently passed and it was hard for awhile even though I didn’t know her for that long.

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