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Saturday, October 13, 2007

The Month of October

This may be a little late, but it's just dawning on me that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and it's also National Domestic Violence Awareness Month. I've noticed that as years have passed National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has become widely advertised and participated in, which is good. Although very small, I did my part by purchasing two bags of M&Ms to get the free bouquet of flowers (this promotion was at my local Kroger). Of course I gave the flowers to my daughter. I have to admit that I ate the entire bag of peanut M&Ms by myself and because I did that in such a short amount of time I gave the bag of plain M&Ms to one of the nurses at the children's hospital. (Eating that entire large bag made me realize why I don't buy M&Ms -- they are obviously a weakness for me!... but that's another story!)

Let this post serve as my reminder to all of you -- and myself -- to do your monthly breast self examinations. Early detection saves lives! If you'd like more information about breast cancer or have questions, check out the National Breast Cancer Awareness Month site. There's a lot of helpful information there.

Another issue that's deserving of our attention is domestic violence awareness. It's estimated that 3 million women are abused by their husband or boyfriend every year. I had no idea that the number was so high and I'm wondering what we -- as a society -- can do about it. The National Coalition Against Domestic Violence has tons of information on domestic violence. Everyone should look into what they can do to help. My advice -- although easy to say -- is: If you're in that situation, please do whatever you can to get out! Oprah recently had a show that discussed making a plan so you can get out safely. And, if you know someone who is in that situation, offer to help them. You may think there's nothing you can do, but letting an abused person know that you're there for them could be just the lifeline they need to make a drastic, life-altering change.

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