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Breast cancer awareness.
With all the fun of all that goes bump in the night, October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I find irony in that the “scariest” holiday tradition is shared with the promoting of awareness of a disease that can be alarmingly scary for women. A disease that is not selective and intimately personal for us all.
If you’ve loved and lost a cherished sister, mother, friend, aunt neighbor, daughter, or wife to the ravages of breast cancer then you already know what I mean. If you’ve cheered for a survivor, been touched by indirectly of experienced your own scary moments with the realities, then you too also understand how personal and indiscriminate breast cancer truly is.
I like so many women have had my own very sobering experience …. I can say it now…..I was terrified, but in the moment, I couldn’t articulate my fears out loud, because then I would have had to admit that I too was vulnerable. I tried not to worry, it was a Saturday, and no amount of anxiety was going to get me to a Monday morning appointment with my primary care.
I did okay till Sunday night….sleep just would not come. I guess the imagery of what could lay in the future had found its way inside my head.
Finally, I was in front of my doctor. She did little to console me. She too had a look of concern. She’s been my doc since I moved to Tennessee and the two of us have a cut-up kind of relationship, but not then. I left her office in a trace. I was headed to radiology without any of my usual “big M squeeze” anecdotes.
I sat in my Mamo-attire waiting for the Radiologist to read my results. When the door opened, it was the tech I hoped she had come to tell me that I could change back into my clothes. Instead, she had come to send me to the next room for an ultrasound. It was then that I wondered if the images that had kept me awake the night before were more real than I had realized. I did my best to make small talk with the tech and remember to breath, cussing myself for skipping last year’s mamo. Finally, after 5 hours of testing, gobs of cold gel, and a whole lot of nervous chitchat I was finally in my own clothes waiting for the radiologist.
In my car and behind the safety of my steering wheel I cried. It was the first time I had let myself be emotional.
Benign ….It’s a truly beautiful word.
The lesson here is don’t skip appointments and always get anything unusual checked out. A few moments of “M-squeeze” inconvenience can save your sanity and even more importantly, it can save your life. Breast cancer is serious stuff. Make October your month to be screened….you owe it to those who care about you and you owe it to yourself.
You can also help raise awareness and get involved in small ways that make a huge difference. You would be amazed at how simple it really is. Saving your lids kind of easy!
Fifteen years ago, an employee at one of Yoplait plants lost someone they cared about to cancer and helped organize the plant’s support for a local race to raise funds to fight cancer. Since then, General Mills has contributed more than $50 million for the breast cancer cause through programs like:
- Save Lids to Save Lives
- Pink Together
- Susan G. Komen’s Race for the Cure®
Now even more General Mills’ brands have joined the fight against breast cancer by carrying pink Save Lids to Save Lives lids. Brands like Old El Paso, Nature Valley, Mott’s, Cheerios, Hamburger Helper, Green Giant, Fiber One, Betty Crocker, Fiber One, Cinnamon Toast Crunch, Gushers, Fruit Roll-ups, Ocean Spray, Gardettos, Chex, Bugle, and Pillsbury….brands many of us use every day.
Redeeming lids is easy. Just look for specially marked packages. Enter codes online or mail them in. To make it even easier Publix® as part of the Yoplait Saving Lids to Save Lives event has some of our favorites on sale -
Now through October 18 save $1 off any one Large Size, Light with Granola or GoGurt (coupon on select products)
Now through October 25 Light with Granola BOGO
With every “lid” redeemed, we can help women and families in our own communities.
Donations triggered through Save Lids to Save Lives will benefit Susan G. Komen® and its network of more than 120 local Affiliates. General Mills' partnership with Susan G. Komen® has supported millions of women fighting the disease in communities across the country by helping to fund education, treatment, and research initiatives.
So start stacking those lids for the women in our lives, communities, and everywhere!
To make it even easier the saving women’s lives people of General Mills has partnered with Publix® to give one lucky Lucy a $25 Publix® Gift Card!
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