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. 

What you can do817499c1acd11451fc9e4b3803a80c26

  • 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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