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Friday, October 10, 2008

Oprah's breast cancer awareness show

Most of you know that I very seldom indulge in live television so my DVR is always backed up with shows that I want to watch. Last night I watched Oprah (and I'm not sure what day it was because my television is doing something weird with the screen size and the details were cut off) and was extremely moved by the women who have survived breast cancer.

Oprah interviewed Christina Applegate who talked about - what some consider radical - her decision to have a double mastectomy. It was stories like hers that moved me. I had chills as I watched as the majority of the women in Oprah's studio audience raised their hands to indicate they are breast cancer survivors.

I am amazed that we are surrounded by fighters and survivors. ...

I learned the entire story behind the Susan G. Komen for the Cure foundation and, in fact, have learned more about breast cancer in the past few weeks than I've ever known. I feel empowered and a little nervous -- especially as I face my first mammogram at the end of this month. Will my breasts be too dense for just a mammogram and will I have to assert myself to receive an MRI? Is this a disease I will have to personally fight or will I be a "lucky" bystander?

I won't dwell on these negatives... I'll just continue to support the fight against breast cancer by helping to spread the word and support my sister friends as best as I can. Have you joined the fight? And, even more importantly, do you do monthly breast self examinations and get mammograms?

In the photo above are Christina Applegate & Oprah Winfrey (Photo: Oprah.com)

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