October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and, in fact, any month can be a good one to get screened.  Consult your Physician as to the age at which it is good to get started, and have the Mammograms and other screens repeated, when appropriate, on a regular basis.  Speak with your Mother and, perhaps, her sisters to determine if there is any history of Breast or Ovarian Cancer in your Family.

I have linked a Post that I published on this Blog, back in May of 2013:  In it, there is a link to a wonderful NY Times Op-Ed that Angelina Jollie wrote.  She noted in that piece that she had both a Double Mastectomy and her Ovaries removed (in separate operations).  Her Mother had died of Breast Cancer at age 56, and Ms. Jollie had tested positive for both Cancers, with a high probability of developing one, or both.

Some Women put the tests off, because they believe that they would lose their Femininity, or their Husband or Significant Other wouldn’t find them attractive any more.  But, on the other hand, consider just how sexy you will be, when you are dead?

Like any form of bad news, whatever the problem, it might take a little while to accept it. Well, you don’t have any alternatives, do you?  But, once you get beyond the rejection period, if the test(s) is(are) positive, you will find that there are all kinds of support groups.  Breast or Ovarian Cancer doesn’t necessarily mean the end of the World.  There are many, many survivors.  Check with your doctor, hospital, Women you know or do an on-line search.

I recently met someone I know, who had been diagnosed with an advanced stage of Lung Cancer, about four months ago.  Yes, a different form of Cancer; but, the bald heads on beautiful Women all look great, don’t they?  When I saw her, her hair was maybe one-third of an inch long. She said that she had thought of wearing a wig; but, she realized that she really didn’t want to hide it.  She had a great outlook.  That was who she was!

If she were a Black Woman, rather than White, it would have just looked like a common style that I have seen a number of times on African-American Women.  I told her that she looked great and that her Inner Beauty was just radiating through.  I also reminded her of the tall, bald super-model from Africa who was discovered some years ago, and several beautiful, bald female actresses in the TV series, “StarTrek-the Next Generation”.

It’s very important that Men encourage the Women in their Lives to get tested and, if there is a potential for Breast or Ovarian Cancer, to be very supportive, every step of the way.  In her Op-Ed, Ms. Jollie wrote that she truly appreciates the support and encouragement that her (now) Husband, Brad Pitt, gave her throughout the ordeal–and still does.  Remember that, whatever the relationship, you must be there for the Women in your life–pre-op, post-op and thereafter.  And be sure to tell them how great they look.  Remember:  they would do the same for you; because, Men CAN and DO get Breast Cancer!

And now, for something on the lighter side, check the “selfie” in this short video, from the Nestlé Fitness YouTube page with the hashtag “CheckYourSelfie.”:–promotes-breast-cancer-awareness-194524149.html.  This video serves as a great reminder that it all starts with your own self-examination.



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    • #2 by cheekos on October 2, 2014 - 1:36 PM

      Remember folks that I cannot and do not vouch for any Comments by others on this Blog. I generally try to delete the outright “Sales Jobs”–and frankly, I sure do not remember ever having ever written about AOL. But, I thought that I would just let this one (above) through as a case-in-point. After 39 years in Financial Services, I have never heard of “Transactional Funding”. Sounds weird, huh?

      And, never, ever borrow unnecessarily merely for the sake of having extra money available! For what? And, if you eve truly do need money, make sure that you are dealing with someone reputable, shop around, and make sure that the terms make sense. Borrowing money unnecessarily is the surest way to wipe-out your Children’s College Fund and your own Retirement Nest Egg.

  2. #3 by Marissa Huber on October 2, 2014 - 5:17 PM

    Very cool post, Cheeks!

  3. #4 by cheekos on October 14, 2014 - 3:11 PM

    Andrea Torres, a former reporter for the Miami Herald, and BREAST CANCER SURVIVOR, has been sharing her views about living with breast cancer. She now writes for TV station A compilation of her columns are linked as follows:

  4. #5 by cheekos on October 21, 2014 - 2:48 PM

    The linked Op-Ed, from the Sun-Sentinel, “Breast cancer awareness? Better to talk prevention!”, provides the flip-side of Women’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

    Rhonda Swan, a Cancer Survivor herself, suggests that the bulk of the Awareness Effort does just that–creates an “Awareness”; but, very little of that Effort actually flows through to doing anything about the Problem–Women’s Beast Cancer.

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