I spent some time today converting my SassyDesigns web backgrounds and such to be ‘Pink’ joining the ranks to ‘Go Pink for October’ supporting Cancer Awareness. It’ll take me awhile, but I’ll get things changed to pink here at blogspot at some point, too – I’m still familiarizing myself with all the settings and options!

It’s always heartening to see/read/hear stories of cancer survivors – two very close friends of mine have gone through it, and I am thankful they made it through and are still with us today. One of those friends, Diana Klunk, has even turned her experience into a venture to help support others going through this – she has opened up a ‘Health and Healing Boutique’ here locally, you can learn more about her and her and see what she’s doing here: Life Changes. You can also learn more about ‘Go Pink for October’ and get more information here: Go Pink for October.

Quoting from their website: “Web sites will Go Pink during the month of October to bring attention to Breast Cancer Awareness Month, get people talking about breast cancer, and raise money for research. But to be clear, raising money isn’t the primary purpose of this web event. The hope is that you turn your site pink (in whatever way works for your site), educate yourself about the multiple issues related to Breast Cancer, then take that knowledge and tell someone else what you’ve learned.”

It is always important to be reminded that all women need to be aware of this disease, particularly those who have that ‘risk’ from genetics. We all need to be proactive and get regular screening by a health professional, be aware of your genetic risks, and always remember that early detection greatly increases your chances of successfully fighting this disease – Christina Applegate is a prime example of that, being diagnosed with breast cancer at 36. What if she had waited to get her screening done until she turned 40? If there is a history of breast cancer in your family, don’t delay – get screened regularly and early.

During this Cancer Awareness Month, do something to show your support – get screened for breast cancer, participate in your local “Run for the Cure”, or make a donation to Cancer Research. No matter what it is you decide to do, every little bit helps, and it’s greatly appreciated!