The dust has settled ever so slightly on the Komen-Planned Parenthood eruption. It seems everyone and their cousin has weighed in on the issue. Meanwhile, I’ve listened. My overall perception and opinion of Komen hasn’t changed at all, but I think the depth of my understanding of has....more
I've struggled on where to start but the beginning is always best. That would be three years ago when my aunt - my mother's sister - died after a years long fight against breast cancer. Whether or not it was metastatic are details of which I remain unaware but I do know that she was only 41 and that 41 is an incredibly young age for someone to die. I don’t know whether or not she was accepting of what might happen or how my mother really dealt with her death given that my grandmother - my mother’s mother - died exactly five weeks prior.
After three heated days of public outcry and debate surrounding Susan G. Komen for the Cure's decision to cut breast-cancer screening funds for -- and then restore eligibility to -- the women's health organization Planned Parenthood, Saturday was mostly quiet.
Just after 10am ET this morning, the Susan G. Komen For The Cure released an announcement changing their funding criteria for grants to fight breast cancer. The announcement came after strong response by women online and off, for and against the news that Susan G. Komen was ending funding to Planned Parenthood. BlogHer has reached out to the Komen foundation for an interview, and understands that their offices have been flooded with calls for comment. We will keep reaching out to Susan G.
Five years ago in August, I took off my bra and felt a lump on my right breast. I wasn't a regular self examiner, so I wasn't sure if it was just a fibroid because my breasts are dense and lumpy and I've felt things before. But for some reason this seemed different to me. I asked my hubby to take a look and a feel and tell me what he thought.
His face said it all. "You should go get that checked out right away."...more
This year I am attending numerous Komen races and walks around the country, and I find no matter where they are located, the bond of the Breast Cancer Sisterhood is so palpable you can almost touch it. The same touch that started with our discovery of a lump in our breasts. The lump that changed our lives, and the lives of our families, forever. At a Komen event you can see the unspoken bond of shared experience in their faces; women coming together, rejoicing in a united spirit of strength and survivorship. It is a sea of pi...more
I just wanted to thank everyone who has helped make this year's Pink October month of giveaways such a success so far! There are still many wonderful giveaways going on and coming up, so I hope that you will all continue to visit and enter. There is also still time to spnosor a giveaway if you want, and it's great to see money being raised for breast cancer research!
October is a
month that we see signs of hope in the support for Breast Cancer
research and resource including many walk for the Cure. My son Ben and
I went to see the unveiling of American's visible support of the cause
with their "pink" ribbon on several planes in their fleet along with
their commitment of research funding support by AA and their
partners. For Ben who agreed to wear a pink shirt (his 16 year old
brother had picked out for him earlier in the year coaching him that
you are cooler as a male to be able to wear pink) he saw a visible sign