Breast Cancer Awareness and a Vitamix

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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By | 2017-01-22T12:12:25+00:00 October 9th, 2014|Giveaway|119 Comments

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Meagan is the author and host of Mommy Travels, a family travel and lifestyle blog. She has been traveling the world with her three kids for over a decade and loves sharing her adventures and tips with others.


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  2. Lisa Brown October 9, 2014 at 11:37 am - Reply

    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.

  3. Rebecca N October 9, 2014 at 11:51 am - Reply

    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.

  4. Linda Kish October 9, 2014 at 12:39 pm - Reply

    Jessica’s comments were the most relatable for me.

  5. Lilia Kharabora October 9, 2014 at 12:42 pm - Reply

    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.

  6. Shelley October 9, 2014 at 12:52 pm - Reply

    I relate most to the friend. I’ve had several friends diagnosed with cancer.

  7. BARRY October 9, 2014 at 2:52 pm - Reply


  8. Jessica Padilla October 9, 2014 at 7:38 pm - Reply

    Kristin is who I can relate to.

  9. soha molina October 9, 2014 at 10:09 pm - Reply

    I relate mostly to the daughters of the woman with cancer.

  10. Kricket Fountain October 10, 2014 at 12:45 am - Reply

    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

  11. Pamela October 10, 2014 at 3:40 am - Reply

    Krisitin is most related to me.

  12. cynthia Painter October 10, 2014 at 3:47 am - Reply

    I can relate to the Friend.

  13. sandra October 10, 2014 at 4:53 am - Reply

    the woman who lost her sister

  14. Jessie October 10, 2014 at 5:40 am - Reply

    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 🙂

  15. Sara Fletcher October 10, 2014 at 5:46 am - Reply

    I relate most with Jessica

  16. Jodi Holmes October 10, 2014 at 6:03 am - Reply

    Jessica’s comments rang true for me.

  17. Paula V October 10, 2014 at 6:36 am - Reply

    The daughter

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  19. Michelle Gordon October 10, 2014 at 7:51 am - Reply

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

  20. amy pugmire October 10, 2014 at 8:05 am - Reply

    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.

  21. Jessica w October 10, 2014 at 9:15 am - Reply

    I can relate to the daughter jessica the most

  22. lanie craig October 10, 2014 at 10:16 am - Reply

    I can relate to my cousins who lost their Mom 3 years ago to cancer

  23. abedabun dawn October 10, 2014 at 10:46 am - Reply

    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.

  24. Daniel M October 10, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

    I can relate to the Friend

  25. Sents Saver October 10, 2014 at 11:27 am - Reply

    I can relate to her sister the most

  26. AlexisB October 10, 2014 at 11:44 am - Reply

    I relate most to the daughters. I can’t imagine going through this with my mother. So sad.

    • Kaye Lake October 11, 2014 at 6:43 pm - Reply

      I would identify with the friend as I have had friends in this situation…

  27. heather e.g. kaufman October 10, 2014 at 1:48 pm - Reply

    The daughter, Kristin’s, story touched me.

  28. Margot C October 10, 2014 at 2:00 pm - Reply

    I relate to the daughters because of things that have happened in my own family.

  29. margaret franksduncan October 10, 2014 at 2:25 pm - Reply

    The dauther I couldent emagen going through this.

  30. Karen October 10, 2014 at 3:13 pm - Reply

    Probably Jessica is who I could relate to the most.

  31. Jen October 10, 2014 at 3:37 pm - Reply

    Since I’m a OR nurse I see a lot of breast cancer cases. Very sad 🙁

  32. Kelly October 10, 2014 at 7:27 pm - Reply

    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.

  33. Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute October 11, 2014 at 1:48 am - Reply

    I can most relate with Don, the friend. It’s so a retched disease. I pray for all who have to battle it as well as their families and friends.

  34. Tracy @ Cotton Pickin Cute October 11, 2014 at 1:48 am - Reply

    I can most relate with Don, the friend. It’s so a retched disease. I pray for all who have to battle it as well as their families and friends.

  35. Merlin McClung October 11, 2014 at 4:36 am - Reply


  36. Beanybopp October 11, 2014 at 6:12 am - Reply

    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!

  37. Raki A October 11, 2014 at 10:52 am - Reply

    Tony (husband). Thx

  38. Lisa Sherington October 11, 2014 at 6:13 pm - Reply

    Jessicas comments rang true for me.

  39. Lois Martin October 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    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.

  40. Tamra Gibson October 11, 2014 at 6:26 pm - Reply

    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

  41. Elaine Powell October 11, 2014 at 6:39 pm - Reply

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

  42. Petra Jadan October 11, 2014 at 6:50 pm - Reply

    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.

  43. Trish F October 11, 2014 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    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!

  44. Kiki Bacaro October 11, 2014 at 7:26 pm - Reply

    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.

  45. Carole Resnick October 11, 2014 at 7:33 pm - Reply

    I am a breast cancer SURVIVOR

  46. MaryAnn October 11, 2014 at 8:05 pm - Reply

    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.

  47. Michelle Castagne October 11, 2014 at 8:25 pm - Reply

    I relate to Jessica.

  48. stephanie October 11, 2014 at 8:29 pm - Reply

    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.

  49. Jason October 11, 2014 at 8:31 pm - Reply

    I can relate best to the husband, but it’s a horrible thing for all involved.

  50. Pat Nolan October 11, 2014 at 8:47 pm - Reply

    The daughter Jessica is who I can relate to most

  51. Vickie October 11, 2014 at 9:31 pm - Reply

    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.

  52. Leila Emeric October 11, 2014 at 10:18 pm - Reply

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

  53. leslie ross October 11, 2014 at 11:21 pm - Reply

    I relate to the mom jessica the most

  54. melisa October 12, 2014 at 1:31 am - Reply

    I mostly relate to Tracy, still going through it with my sister.

  55. Heather October 12, 2014 at 6:39 am - Reply

    Jessica comments were the most relevant to me.

  56. Brynn October 12, 2014 at 8:59 am - Reply

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

  57. Chuck October 12, 2014 at 11:06 am - Reply

    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.

  58. Jennifer Rote October 12, 2014 at 11:13 am - Reply

    I relate to Jessica the most.

  59. Meaghan October 12, 2014 at 12:06 pm - Reply

    I can relate to each of those people at one time in my life. Very inspirational

  60. Tami October 12, 2014 at 3:38 pm - Reply

    We have so many church members with cancer… and I care, it’s hard.

  61. richelle bowers October 12, 2014 at 4:50 pm - Reply

    The daughter. Though my mother didn’t have breast cancer she had another

  62. kelly michaels October 12, 2014 at 5:58 pm - Reply

    I can relate to any of them. I have had many friends and family members that have suffered from cancer.

  63. Marian Boll October 12, 2014 at 6:33 pm - Reply

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

  64. Heather Voorhees October 12, 2014 at 7:10 pm - Reply

    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.

  65. Vanda October 12, 2014 at 9:34 pm - Reply

    Mom died of Cancer

  66. Penni October 13, 2014 at 12:56 am - Reply

    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.

  67. Missy Freeman October 13, 2014 at 2:02 am - Reply

    With all of them really but Jessica saying pins and needles.

  68. Tina Taylor October 13, 2014 at 7:44 am - Reply

    I relate to the daughters i lost my mom to cancer

  69. lara r October 13, 2014 at 7:55 am - Reply

    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.

  70. christine burd October 13, 2014 at 2:08 pm - Reply

    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.

  71. Danielle Porter October 13, 2014 at 2:17 pm - Reply

    I can relate to Kristen the most!

  72. Indu October 13, 2014 at 2:46 pm - Reply

    Tammy ….

  73. Barbara W. October 13, 2014 at 3:00 pm - Reply

    I relate to the sister because my sister and I went through breast cancer with my mother.

  74. April Taylor October 13, 2014 at 4:28 pm - Reply

    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.

  75. gina October 13, 2014 at 5:55 pm - Reply

    I relate most with her daughters, that must be so scary for them to see their mother suffer.

  76. Michelle L. October 13, 2014 at 6:52 pm - Reply

    I can relate most to the friend.

  77. Allison October 14, 2014 at 8:49 am - Reply

    Way to go!

  78. Susan Watson October 14, 2014 at 9:32 am - Reply

    I relate to Kristen the daughter…my moma is a breast cancer survivor……

  79. MARY T October 14, 2014 at 9:34 am - Reply

    I can relate to Kristen the most

  80. Kristina Kohler October 14, 2014 at 10:00 am - Reply

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

  81. vera hanson October 14, 2014 at 10:14 am - Reply

    just found out this week one of my 1st cousins that’s my age has breast cancer…brings tears to my eyes…

  82. shantelle stately October 14, 2014 at 10:18 am - Reply

    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.

  83. Monica October 14, 2014 at 10:19 am - Reply

    The friend. My friend’s journey with cancer was overwhelmingly heartbreaking.

  84. Kathleen October 14, 2014 at 11:24 am - Reply

    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.

  85. jennifer October 14, 2014 at 11:33 am - Reply

    I relate to the friend

  86. Amanda Bunnell October 14, 2014 at 11:38 am - Reply

    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:)

  87. Bridgett Wilbur October 14, 2014 at 12:16 pm - Reply

    I can relate to Tammi and I just wanted to cry and hug my mom.

  88. velder dixon October 14, 2014 at 12:31 pm - Reply

    the friends are the ones i relate to,i have some thats battling this disease.

  89. Ashley Smith October 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    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.

  90. Angela October 14, 2014 at 1:10 pm - Reply

    Thank you for offering such a generous giveaway. It’s my dream to own this wonderful blender!

  91. lisa g October 14, 2014 at 2:55 pm - Reply

    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

  92. Courtney Breban October 14, 2014 at 3:17 pm - Reply

    I can relate with the sister of Tammi

  93. Katherine Cano October 14, 2014 at 10:26 pm - Reply

    The daughters the most considering i’m an only child

  94. Katherine Cano October 14, 2014 at 10:27 pm - Reply

    the daughters the most considering I only have my mom and she only has me so its eye opening

  95. Mary Hoffman October 14, 2014 at 11:03 pm - Reply

    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!

  96. Aissa Mitton October 15, 2014 at 12:04 am - Reply

    I can relate to the daughter except I was more the niece…

  97. grant deshane October 15, 2014 at 12:19 am - Reply

    jessicas comments was touching

  98. Elizabeth A October 15, 2014 at 5:51 am - Reply

    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.

  99. Ronda Patrick October 15, 2014 at 8:06 am - Reply

    I relate to Jessica the most.

  100. ellen casper October 15, 2014 at 1:03 pm - Reply

    I can relate to the daughter Jessica

  101. Frances F October 15, 2014 at 4:05 pm - Reply

    The daughter and the friend

  102. Debra Holloway October 15, 2014 at 11:13 pm - Reply

    I can relate most to the friend.

  103. Angela October 16, 2014 at 12:58 pm - Reply

    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.

  104. Natalie S October 16, 2014 at 1:49 pm - Reply

    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…

  105. Jessica Snow October 17, 2014 at 1:06 am - Reply

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

  106. tara darity October 17, 2014 at 6:55 am - Reply

    I can relate most to Jessica! losing someone to cancer is the hardest thing I have ever had to deal with!

  107. Kyla H October 17, 2014 at 5:24 pm - Reply

    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.

  108. spiffikins October 17, 2014 at 10:55 pm - Reply

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

  109. Liana May October 18, 2014 at 5:04 am - Reply

    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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  113. Jessica W October 18, 2014 at 9:16 am - Reply

    I relate most to Jessica.

  114. ashlee October 19, 2014 at 1:43 am - Reply

    I can relate most to Jessica.

  115. Alicia October 19, 2014 at 6:53 am - Reply

    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.

  116. wendy rozema October 19, 2014 at 12:22 pm - Reply

    Kristin is most relate-able to me!

  117. Jennifer Speed October 19, 2014 at 7:11 pm - Reply

    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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