I'd like to start this post off by saying that as of today, I have had 7,818 High Risk Humor page views. I am overwhelmed with thanksgiving to the readers and truly hope that some of those we're girls looking for answers just like me. Thank you all!
It's only fitting to post today because it's October 1, which means it's the start National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's also National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week and tomorrow is National Previvor Day! Lots of awareness going on around here y'all!
I encourage you to really think about the meaning behind the pink ribbon this week. Too many precious lives of people we love have been lost. Really meditate on the purpose of this month, to celebrate those we have lost and to bring about awareness so that others can be saved. Also, on a lighter note... please be aware that companies sometimes take advantage of this month and use the pink ribbon to make a profit. Always check the tag of pink ribbon merchandise or look for a sign that says they will donate a portion of the proceeds. Many companies have been caught using the pink ribbon only for personal gain. It's really appalling but it's happening so be aware my friends!
Now for my spiel about National Hereditary Breast and Ovarian Cancer Week. You guys, many people don't know this but you can absolutely inherit cancer genetically. In fact, when you have a genetic predisposition to cancer, your chances of developing cancer in your lifetime are alarmingly high. Please, if you have a family history, talk to a genetic counselor. There are steps you can take to decrease your risk. There are options and you don't have to feel like a ticking time bomb. Taking control of my future was the best decision I could have made for myself. Ok, I know enough of the serious stuff, but I just have to throw that out there every chance I get :)
Now let's have some FUN
I went to Chiiiiiiiii town y'all. I'm not sure if it's cool to say that anymore but I am gonna go there. Anyway, It was such an amazing time and although I am feeling overly tired and I have a huge test today that I was supposed to study for while I was there (yeah right) it was super duper worth it. The best part was that I got to spend it with two ladies who have gone through the exact same thing as me. No one could believe we all met online through Amy's blog and that we were here together. It's kinda crazy y'all! TEAM TEXAS!
Here is a little recap of the trip.
champagne at brunch= this
night time fun!!
We have to use a coin for the bathroom?!
Not even sure what we did except this picture
It was a great weekend and I am so thankful for all of the donations I received. I can't believe I raised over $1000 dollars. Ok I raised $1,025 but you get it. Thank you to all who made it possible!
So there's a little update of what's been going on. Life is back to normal since my surgery and I am going to try to blog more even though the hard part is all over! I will try to be less boring!! I can't say enough how much blogging helped me through this journey. If you are just finding out you are BRCA+ or are high risk in general, I encourage you to start a blog or get involved in a support group. It helps SO much.
Thank you for reading y'all!