By Jane Marshall
October is here, and it is that time of year that we start to see a lot of pink around for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This month holds extra special meaning to me as I stand up for this cause in memory of my mother, who lost her battle with breast cancer in 2007.
As Mrs. Massachusetts International, my platform for the year has been Breast Cancer Awareness and the Importance of Early Detection, and it will continue to be my fight- even after my year of service is over. As a new mom, and now that I’m 40, it’s so important to make sure I get my yearly mammogram and to do self breast examinations at home. I want to make sure that I’m here for my daughter Sierra for a long time and see all the great things that she will accomplish in the years to come.
Losing my mom to this disease, I’ve had to go through many important milestones in my life with her missing out on them.
The year after I lost my mom, I got married and then became a mom myself. These are probably two of the most important things that we could share, and although I know that she was in my heart, I would have loved for her to be a part those two very special days in my life, and to meet my beautiful incredible little girl.
As many of you are aware, there is a 98% survival rate if breast cancer is detected early, and those are huge odds in any woman’s favor, so I encourage you to learn all that you can on how you can detect breast cancer by visiting the American Cancer Society’s page dedicated to breast cancer information.
Throughout my year, I have had the opportunity to work with so many wonderful organizations and people affiliated with this cause. It has been an honor to become a part of the Lowell General Hospital Family after being chosen as their Honorary Chairperson for the TeamWalk for CancerCare for the 2010 walk. And this month I am so excited that Lowell General Hospital has started a new campaign called “Support the Girls!”
This campaign is very unique and has a lot of people talking about the creative bra purses that you can see at the Lowell General Hospital website. After viewing just a small selection of these purses, you can visit the New England Quilt Museum in Lowell, MA throughout the month of October to see these incredible designs and to share in the unique stories behind each one of them. These purses are designed to honor those that we have lost to breast cancer, and also to the many who are Breast Cancer Survivors and inspire us and give us HOPE!
If you are interested in getting in on this hot trend, why not invite your girlfriends over for an evening of making bra purses? You’ll have a wonderful time while remembering those that are not here with us due to breast cancer, and to celebrate those that continue on the journey of fighting this disease. I know I’ll be making a bra purse in honor of my mom really soon and I can’t wait to tell everyone what inspired the purse once it is created!
Thank you again to Lowell General Hospital for finding a creative way to share this very important message of taking care of ourselves and supporting October as Breast Cancer Awareness Month!