Saturday, October 30, 2010

And NOW are YOU aware?

 Each year we are drenched in pink merchandise sold during October. Even if we are color blind, there's no way we've missed that October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. Did you know that last year marked the 25th year of the observance? I didn't even realize there was an actual organization(ncbam.org), although, I was aware of the mission-- which is to empower women to practice self-breast exams, be examined by your physician and have a mammogram at least once a year.
At the end of a month of awareness, are you more aware than when it began? What message did you get this year. What have you learned, and what if any changes are you going to make because of the information you've received?

We all have been touched by this disease in one way or another. We owe it to ourselves and our children to take care of ourselves and follow the guidelines. I remember a few years ago they advocated a buddy system. Who have you prompted this year? Who has prompted you?

Consider yourself prompted...

If she doesn't inspire you, nothing will. Take a minute to watch this video about a woman I'm proud to call my cousin, Andrea Ivory on CNN. She was nominated as a CNN Hero in 2009.  She started an organization to provide free mammograms to women in south Florida by way of a mobile mammography van. When she was diagnosed with breast cancer, she realized how fortunate she was that she had insurance and support and wanted to offer those same opportunities to every woman.  She says, "When I was diagnosed with breast cancer, I never asked why me, instead I asked what for?" She is definitely an inspiration to me. I hope you are inspired at the very least to take care of your heath if you've been taking it for granted... Better still grab a woman you care about and inspire her too! Be blessed!

My cards are made with ribbon bear and ribbon bunny -- digital images from Bugaboo Stamps. The paper is Basic Grey and the messages are from a Hero Arts set called Essential Messages CL371. I'm still making cards with a very limited amount of supplies and NO embellishments.

1 comment:

Dana said...

Adorable cards Jacki!!