breast cancer awareness

Real Girls Don’t Just Wear Pink

I love the fact that we bring awareness to Breast Cancer during the month of October by wearing pink and participating in different fund raisers and various events throughout the month.  However, what saddens me, to be honest, is many women participate in these activities, yet neglect their own health during the other 11 months.  Pink is pretty, but it takes a lot more than putting on a pink blouse, shirt or dress to take a stand to fight against cancer.  WHAT DOES IT TAKE?

It takes courage to do the “hard stuff”.  Those things that are not only hard, but often get neglected when a busy life gets in the way.

  • Exercise. Yes, it takes courage to exercise when there is the fear of failing or someone seeing you not looking your best. It takes courage to try something new by getting up a few minutes early for a work out before your day gets started.

 

  • Eating Healthy. Making the decision to overcome the temptation to grab the quickest thing to eat when not the healthiest, takes courage.  Yes, it takes some effort and hard work, sometimes to make the right decision for your body.

 

  • Regular Check Ups. Sometimes cancer still strikes when doing all of the right things.  That is why regular check ups and mammograms are the key to early detection and may be the thing that saves your life.  It can be scary, to make that appointment, but real girls become courageous when they conquer their fears.

When I think about making my 8 year old daughter aware about breast cancer, I have to laugh at the idea of getting her in anything pink. She is not a girly girl and I don’t think she owns anything pink.  

 

SO WHAT CAN I DO?

I can lead by example with exercise, eating healthy and getting regular check ups.  I want her to be a real girl of courage and do the right things that take care of her body, even though it may be hard at times. We may not be wearing that much pink at our house, but we are making a commitment to exercise together and eat healthy.

So I encourage you this year to stay aware and take action to fight breast cancer past the month of October.  

 

Fashionably Pink Fashion Show

  In October, breast cancer charities increase awareness and raise funds for research, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure. This past Wednesday Fashionably Austin and Stiletto Stampede presented the inaugural Fashionably Pink Fashion Show in benefit to the new Seton Breast Cancer Center, which is scheduled to open  Summer 2013.

The event took place in the W Hotel at downtown Austin. The designers donated their creations and they were available for purchase them online in an auction to help raise funds for the Stiletto Stampede.

I thought it was very nice that not only the models and the designers wear pink in their outfits, but that the audience did too. Some women wore complete pink outfits and others used pink accessories or shoes. Surprisingly men did, too. Some used pink shirts and others decided to wear a small pink ribbon.

At around 8:15 pm the Fashion Show started. All the dresses were gorgeous. Every designer had their own style and different tones of pink were presented.

One of the pink dresses I admired the most was designed by Sarah Eileen. She is a bridal designer and consultant from Georgetown, TX, just north of Austin. I have to say it was one of my favorites. It was a hot pink short dress made with embroidered lace.

Having this type of events is the best way to bring many people together and be able to create a community of people who want to help. Fashionably Austin and Stiletto Stampede welcomed very different people who did not know each other but that have something in common, they all liked the idea of combining a night full of fashion and charity at the same time.

Beauty is Brave-Judy, revisited

This time last year, CW introduced you to Judy Kassaye, a thirty-something vibrant woman who had won her battle with breast cancer. After a double mastectomy, with her faith leading the way, Judy did more than survive the diagnosis and months of chemotherapy. The months in and out of doctor's offices and hospitals fueled a fire inside this dark-eyed beauty. Rather than avoid cancer treatment centers like the plague,  she decided to enroll in nursing school with a  dream to become an oncology nurse. Her purpose:  to affect the lives of other women forced on the journey of breast cancer.

 

Cancer free for one year and eight months, she was accepted to nursing school on April 13, 2011. Two days later, she and her oncologist celebrated the news together. In the same visit her doctor's  fingers  found a small lump.

On April 18th , history repeated itself and Judy was once again, diagnosed with cancer; stage 4 Metastatic Breast Cancer.  Although she had already lived the experience of  diagnosis and scheduling chemo treatments, her initial reaction was to be numb with shock. How could this happen again? Why should this happen again? Ironically,within two days of her diagnosis, she was notified that she was awarded a scholarship to nursing school. Her dream collided with her past and Judy wrestled with her new reality.

 

 

On Easter Sunday, with her eyes wide open, Judy's understanding of life became wider and deeper.

I'm a Christian so Heaven is home and it's disease and grief free. I can live on earth with God in my heart or I can live in Heaven with Him. It's win, win. Either way He gets the glory.

All that said she continues with,"I've decided to fight for my life. I believe I have a God-given appointment to finish nursing school so I don’t see myself going to Heaven before then."

Each day Judy inspires her friends, acquaintances and strangers with her optimistic attitude. Speaking engagements are opening up for her to share her story and she  is writing a book. Her goal is to share her life lessons with everyone she meets.

To read the original blog on Judy, go to:

http://www.createdwoman.net/woman/when-beauty-conquered-the-beast

Life’s speed bumps and collisions can leave us with tire tracks on our back from being run over by life or we can let God leave a distinct Fingerprint on our heart. When we yield to His purpose He prepares us to love and empathize with those He sends our way.

 

Pink is the New Green

Yesterday was a travel day for me. My husband and I flew from Florida to the great state of Texas, and on that seemingly endless flight I read the latest edition of Elle cover to cover. If I was not aware, well I am now, that October is breast cancer awareness month. Its almost as if for one month marketing and ad executives take off their "green" hat and respectfully pay homage to finding a cure for the disease that kills 110 women a day. The pages of Elle were full of ads and articles about breast cancer. While heightening public awareness and making preventative measures known is relevant and undoubtably important, I wondered to myself if for one month, pink is the new green.October is the month that was once known for trick or treat yet in recent years it has become iconically glittered in pink. Personally, I am not a fan of pink. I don't think I own any pink clothes, no pink jewelry, its never been my favorite color, well, you get the point. I've never found things designed in pink particularly fashionable for people above a certain age, ahem, five. However, this month I am proud to present options for those of you, who like me, don't want to be the anti- donor but also don't want the obligation of wearing a pink t-shirt just to show your support. Don't fret, fashion has not forsaken us. Several retailers offer donations to breast cancer research for buying products completely independent of all pinkness. Sephora has created a line called "Beauty Gives Back". It includes brands like Stila, Clinique, and Shiseido, and when a purchase is made through "Beauty Gives Back", a portion of the proceeds are donated to research. Nordstrom is offering a more quintessential bargain. Free measurements in stores and with the purchase of a bra one dollar will go towards cancer research, with some bra retailers offering to match that. Nine West has also gotten in on the giving and has created a tank top as well as a (very trendy) military boot. These products can be found on their website under Runway Relief. Now let's say you are looking for something more traditional--and by traditional I mean pink. Lily Pulitzer has created a precious charm bracelet for an affordable $48 which can be found at Admittedly, Coach is not my go-to brand for anything really, but if you visit their home page will speak for itself as to why I'm promoting it. The collection of pink is so classy, so demure, yet not boring or expected. How can I turn down a pastel purse or a fun logo scarf, knowing that 20% of the proceeds will go to breast cancer research? Honestly, I can't (sorry bills, you'll have to wait). After doing my own research on fashion and its correlation to breast cancer research, I've found it to be very trendy. It is no longer the bedazzled pink ribbon tank tops it once was. It is designer charms, earrings, watches, and shoes. Now stop swooning and get out there because the best part of shopping this month is knowing its for a good cause!

Editor's Note, October 2011

Life experiences, trials and joy lead us to be the woman we are today and sometimes that woman is exactly who we were created to be.  Our experiences mold us, inspire us; some teach us about priorities by showing us what things we should do today and which ones we should wait on.  With life pulling us in so many directions and opportunities, it’s easy to get lost in the hustle and bustle, loosing ourselves in the  routine of life, never stopping to smell the roses.  We miss the good things in life often because of our task at hand.  Lots of times, we miss the opportunity to help someone who needs exactly what we have by simply not lifting our heads from our blackberry.  But sometimes, as women, we band together shouting with one voice yelling, ‘Enough is enough.’  And when we do that, the world listens! Women around the world have yelled loudly for the cause of Breast Cancer and the results have been astounding.  The month of October is nationally known as Breast Cancer Awareness month and I can’t think of a better theme for Created Woman Blogazine for the month October.  As women, we are poised to be each other’s cheerleaders – not the enemy.  So as we look out into the first cool month of the year, I charge each of you to be the cheerleader in someone’s life that is facing, not just breast cancer, but any type of cancer that has tried to consume their life.

For the October issue of Created Woman, we will hear stories of triumph over trials as well as re-visit some heroines from last year and catch up with what they are doing today.  Their personal stories of conquest will inspire you to go beyond what you ever thought you could achieve.  Plus, just as fashion makes everything look better, we’ll show you ways fashion can actually help fight the cause.

As much as we enjoy sharing our life with you, hearing your stories are just as important to us.  Your comments and emails allow us to have a conversation with you, our friends.  Tell us what you’re thinking, share what inspires you, how you are becoming the woman you were created to be!

Thank you as always, for being a part of the Created Woman Blogazine, and enjoy becoming and being the woman you were created to be!

 

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What Can You Do?

  1. First, if you are 40 or over, take some time to get a mammogram.  Do this for you and your family!
  2. Help to find a cure by supporting one of the below organizations.
  3. Spread the word - Be a voice.
  4. Become someone's cheerleader.

Ways to be a part of the cure:

Fashion Targets Breast Cancer

Stand Up to Cancer

Susan G. Komen

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October Monthly Wrap up

Every Year the month of October turns Pink.  Everywhere you look pink products line the shelves of stores, celebrities walk pink carpets and pink ribbons flaunt everything from t-shirts to fingernail polish.   No matter where you live, all sorts of fundraisers and benefits pop up all around the city to help find a cure for the disease that has affected every woman. October is known nationally as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Austin

In Austin, the 2nd annual Stiletto Stampede for the cure benefiting the Susan G. Komen Foundation dashed off on Saturday, October 16th.  Hundreds of women met at the Hill Country Galleria for the high heel dash (100 yards) with a mission to encourage young women and men to know and understand the risks of breast cancer and empower them to prevent the disease by utilizing overall Breast Self-Awareness through early detection, screening methods and education.

http://www.stilettostampede4thecure.org/

Hollywood

Celebrities showed up in droves a month early in September for the Stand Up to Cancer Telethon.  The star studded benefited raised resources for breast cancer as well as all kinds of cancer.  Christina Applegate who is a breast cancer survivor was just one of the celebrity survivors who answered phones for Stand up for Cancer this year.

Nationally

But one of the biggest fundraisers happens all year round.  The Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure takes place all throughout the country and it’s not too late for you to register for one.  For over 25 years, The Komen Race for the Cure Series raises significant funds and awareness for the fight against breast cancer, celebrates breast cancer survivorship, and honors those who have lost their battle with the disease.

If you would like to register for a race near you, click here for all the races throughout the year.

Think Pink!

The Pink Ladies

No, Pink Ladies doesn't mean the cute and popular singing gang led by tough Rizzo in the 1970's movie Grease.  As I little girl, however, I did always long to be Stephanie in Grease II and sing on a tall ladder "Cool Rider" as I transformed my pink lady jacket into a tough, black shiny jacket as the man of my dreams watched with desire!  But, even though my dream never came true, I still can be Pink Lady, just of a different kind.  The difference is this type of Pink Lady is a  more powerful one than I ever could have imagined!

This year as we celebrate Breast Cancer Awareness, we all can play a part by simply wearing the color pink just to draw attention to the cause.  There's also some clever ways you can donate your resources to research while you stock your closet and accessorize you home.

So ladies, it's time to become a Pink Lady!

Created Woman, Amy Adams & Bethany Frankel

Amy Adams wearing Roland Mouret & Bethany Frankel wearing Theory

Elizabeth Hurley walking the pink carpet at the pink party

Cosmetics for a Cause Bobbie Brown Shimmer Brick Shiseido Lip Balm - $5 of proceeds go to research

David Yurman Limited Edition Bracelet

Many Designers have created an entire collection just to benefit breast cancer research.  Ralph Lauren has created the Pink Pony Line featuring clothes and accessories.

Created Woman Ralph Lauren

For a more sporty look, try Skechers Shape Shoes with $10 of every purchase benefiting the cause or Juicy Couture T-shirt donating 100% of all proceeds of their $35 top.

Kim Kardashian sports pink booties sold at shoedazzle.com - 10% of purchases benefit Susan G. Komen

Kohls Simply by Vera Wang is another designer who has created a line with all proceeds going to research.  This simple pink ribbon that can be purchased for only $5 and be worn everyday as we honor our heros.

So sing any song you want be it "Cool Rider" or "Pink Cadillac" but be a Pink Lady this month and support our Heros who are fighting and have surived Breast Cancer.

Pretty in Pink Strawberry Cupcakes

In keeping breast cancer awareness in the forefront this month, the BEST strawberry cupcakes are a must. The following recipe is a shortened version from Cupcakes from the Cake Doctor by Anne Byrn. Mix the following ingredients in a large mixing bowl.  Blend with an electric mixer and pour 1/3c. batter  into cupcake liner and bake for 20-25 min. @ 350.

  • 1 pkg. (18.25 oz) plain white cake mix
  • 1 pkg. (3 oz) strawberry gelatin
  • 1 c. finely chopped fresh strawberries with juice, from 11/2c. whole berries
  • 3/4c. milk
  • 3/4c. vegetable oil
  • 4 large  eggs

Prepare Strawberry Cream Cheese Frosting

  • 1 package (8 ounces) cream cheese, at room temperature
  • 8 tablespoons (1 stick) butter, at room temperature
  • 3 ½ cups confectioners' sugar, sifted
  • ¾ cup fresh ripe strawberries, rinsed, capped, and mashed to make ½ cup, then drained well
  • ½ cup frozen unsweetened grated coconut, thawed
  • ½ cup of chopped pecans

Combine the cream cheese and butter in a medium bowl with an electric mixer on low speed for about 30 seconds. Stop the machine and add the sugar and drained strawberries.  Blend the frosting on low until the sugar has been incorporated.  Then raise the speed to medium and mix the frosting another minute or until the frosting lightens and is well combined.

Frost those pink babies and enjoy!!

I thought it wold be interesting to find  out how many cookbooks have been created to fund cancer research. Here are a few links. There are great recipes and heart-warming back-stories connected to each.

http://www.bhg.com/bhg/store/product.jsp?catid=cat120006&prodid=prod3920005

http://3chiliesandabean.com/index.htm

http://www.breastfriends.ca

"This is Just A Season"

My friend Jenny's heart-felt story of dealing with her breast cancer.