I don’t know about you but even as a retired person my calendar is chucked full. My son-in-love says we are the busiest retired people he knows. Of course, with Thad and I we seem to spend a lot of time in doctors’ offices and testing centers and work hard to squeeze in time for the fun stuff like watching our grandkids play in sports, school events and sharing fun times with friends.
I am sure that holds true for you as well. Whether you are retired, or actively working or pursuing a career your calendar is filled to the brim. Or maybe you are a fulltime caregiver for someone you love. In any case the events on our calendar are back to back leaving you tired, and breathless.
So here is my question for you? When do you take care of yourself? Do you? Or do you tell yourself “I’m fine. I’ll do it next week when it’s calmer”. But of course it isn’t calmer next week is it? Most of us take care of our cars better than we do our bodies. We just expect our bodies to run in top performance as if it were 20 years old rather than _____ you fill in the blank.
Women especially tend to care for everybody else and put themselves last.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and as a breast cancer survivor I know firsthand how important routine screening can be to a long life. I would like to make a plea for each one of you to get your “tatas” checked because while we are the caregivers for many of our loved ones; without us they wouldn’t be anyone to take of them. So if you love them, open up your calendar and pick up the phone and schedule your mammogram.
Here are some staggering facts:
- 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. That’s 1 person every 2 minutes in the United States.
- The two most common risks of breast cancer are being women and getting older.
- In 2022 it is estimated that nearly 44,000 people in the United States will die from breast cancer.
- Getting and staying healthy lowers risk of developing breast cancer and can help improve chances of surviving if it occurs.
Here is some other things you should know:
- Know your risk – Know your family medical history
- Get Screened – Yearly if at low risk.
- Know your normal – Do monthly self-checks and discuss any changes with your doctor on what doesn’t look or feel right.
- Make healthy lifestyle choices – maintain a healthy weight, exercise and limit alcohol consumption.
Make time in your calendar by scheduling your mammogram. One mammogram can make the difference not just in your life but in those you love. Don’t take the chance that you won’t be around to help them or to enjoy that full and crazy life.
Make a difference in your life and in theirs – Schedule your mammogram today!
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I have additional insights I’d love to share with you found in the pages of my debut book: Surviving Medical Mayhem – Laughing When It Hurts. To order a copy or learn more go to my website at www.lorettaschoen.com
Blessings for Health & Wellness.