I remember when my grandma died. It was awful. It was in the month of September that she passed away due to breast cancer, after my grandfather had died of prostate cancer. It was difficult for me to understand how and why this happened. But, as they always say, if it doesn’t kill you, it will make you stronger. As annoying and dumb as it sounded when I was 9, I finally understand and believe this.
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My brush with this hideous disease didn’t end there. My journey with cancer continued. When I was applying to colleges my father was diagnosed with the worst phase of lung cancer. And, as he barely survived that, and was healing with one lung, he was diagnosed with prostate cancer. This experience really opened my eyes to the pain and value of life at a young age. But, I realized how lucky I was to see my father defeat cancer, and what I could do to educate myself on the issue. My way of coping and educating myself is to live a healthy life, and realize the importance of early detection.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and is a reminder for us all to get breast exams, be healthy, and promote prevention. Although purchasing items doesn’t always 100% help fund the breast cancer associations, sometimes it helps to wear fashionable pink ribbon items to remind yourself and others the importance of healthy living, exercise, and limiting alcohol use in order to live well. One step from all of us in the right direction can help a great deal of people, and it already has! According to the National Breast Cancer Association, breast cancer death rates have continued to drop 2% annually each year since 1990 because of improved treatments and increased mammography screening.
There are more steps to take and during this month. I want to remind you all in a fashion friendly way to come together and spread the word. There is nothing more powerful then an educated force of people speaking for the same cause.
More Ways to Support Breast Cancer Awareness:
• The Breast Cancer Site Store
• Estee Lauder Pink Ribbon Collection
• Shop Komen for the Cure
• Stiletto Jungle Breast Cancer Awareness Finds
Kim Moshtaghi is a contributing writer for Adventures in the Stiletto Jungle. Born in Germany, Kim is currently based in sunny Del Mar, California, where she also serves as Stiletto Jungle's Director of Sales and Promotions. Kim has a communications degree, a third degree black belt, and a totally covetable Gucci handbag collection.