As we are moving into a new month, Im starting a noux segment called Noux Attitude.This will be a place for me to share personal reflections on my life experiences and how they changed me.It’s October 31st and besides it being Halloween it’s also the last day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. So its the perfect time for me to share how breast cancer has affected me and my family.
I remember the day I thought about loosing my breast. It was last Summer and my Grandma had just been diagnosed with breast cancer. It was stage one and she just starting her treatment. She was handling it like a G, the same way she handles everything, and that gave me some comfort. But on this particular day, I was breaking. I had great confidence that she would be fine but her diagnosis was feeding one of my worst fears.
I had never been touched this closely by breast cancer so it wasn’t until this day that I thought about my own health. I had heard storie of women younger and younger being diagnosed so I was consistent with my doctors visits, self exams, and my health. I try and eat right and exercise but this was the first time I even thought of how genetics could affect me. I thought about genetic testing but I’m not ready to make a decision based on what I may find out. But I have a new perspective on how breast cancer can affect you at any age.
My granny beat it as expected thanks to early detection and I try and contribute more to organizations that focus on keeping millennials educated on how we can stay ahead of this epidemic. So I was very excited when I learned about Painted Pink, and non profit whose purpose is to “ Empower young survivors and spread awareness to young millennials”. I was invited to attend their amazing Painted Pink Brunch earlier this month and I must say it was amazing! It featured the founder Ann-Marie Appiah and her board of directors celebrating survivors and educators to the back drop of smooth sounds and delicious treats.
I was moved by the love, support, and sisterhood in the room! We can all be affected by breast cancer and this event was filled with common concern for women especially millennials who may forget that this is our battle as well. Its also a battle we have to keep fighting! So even though the month of October is over, continue to support the cause by educating yourself and spreading awareness of great organizations like Painted Pink! Visit their website where you can donate anytime or simply volunteer to help further their mission! The brunch is held every October so be prepared for next year but enjoy some snaps from this years below and visit my Youtube Channel to see the video of the festivities coming later this week!