Happy Hooters YYC
Hello Happy Hooters YYC,
Last year we had a pretty cold walk/run, but an amazing turn out! We raised over $12,000 and were one of the top teams in Calgary- nice work!
Lets cross our fingers for better weather this year! Please join me (Lauren) and my family in the CIBC Run/Walk for the cure October 6th. Its fun, its social and its for a great cause.
A little over a year ago, my family didn't know even the slightest thing about breast cancer- in fact, saying the word "breast" around my dad and brothers is something I never thought would become common place. As most of you know, my mother was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last year and has since had 2 surgeries to remove cancerous tissue and lymph nodes, undergone weeks of chemotherapy and just recently finished radiation. To put it briefly, its a super shitty process I wouldn't wish upon anyone, yet I personally feel (as was the case for me) that people arn't aware of how common breast cancer is. Breast cancer affects 1 in 8 women and is the second most deadly cancer in women according to the American Cancer Society. I have learned so much in the past year, and if i could share anything I've learned, it'd be these three things:
1) Do yourself a favour, goggle how to feel for lumps in your breast (dont forget to feel under your arm pit for swollen lymph nodes). Then, actually do it on a regular basis (maybe in the shower).
2) Once you start going for breast exams (mammogram start around 40 years of age depending on your risk factors), ask your doctor what your breast density is- its ranked from A-D. A is fatty boob, D is extremely dense boob. If you are in the C-D category, you MUST push your doctor to follow-up with an ultrasound, mammograms don't always see everything with dense breasts.
3) If you find a lump and your doctor says "don't worry about it", seek a second opinion. In this past year, we've heard story after story of women who were told it was nothing, or benign, and it turned out to be cancer. Trust your gut.
Thank you everyone for your love & support, hope to see you October 6th!