Every year, we all go through it. We head off to our annual appointment with the same excitement you would have walking through a tar pit. But we do it.

We don the flimsy paper gown in an office that is easily -5 degrees.

With a knock on the door, your doctor enters. She starts small talk as if you’ll forget what’s going on. As she moves through your breast exam, you hold your breath a little.

If you’re lucky, the chit chat continues along with the rest of your appointment. Its when the chit chat suddenly stops and your doctor feels around a little more that things change.

Every day a women, just like you, goes through that breast exam. Many will leave their appointment with a script for a mammogram and a wave of emotions that I can not even begin to comprehend.

A few years ago, that woman was my mother. She went in for a routine mammogram and got the call that nobody wants to get. They saw something. They referred her to one of the top breast health doctors in the area. She was in good hands. He did a simple biopsy and confirmed that it was benign. But in those few weeks that we awaited the results, a million outcomes raced through my mind. I can’t even imagine what was going through hers.

Through out the whole time, my mom had a positive outlook. That everything was fine and was going to be ok. It’s the same outlook that I read about from other women who go through breast cancer and treatment. Where do they pull this courage from? I would love to think that I could do the same. But I am not so sure. It seems so easy to go to a dark place and have the “Why me?” mentality.

But when your body becomes a battleground, there is little room for self-pity. Rather, these seemingly normal women summon their inner warrior. They gather their tribe and lead the charge to reclaim their body from this voracious disease.

And I really admire that.

 

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Ford Warriors in Pink

This October, Ford Warriors in Pink® has launched its first ever produced documentary, “Bang the Drum: Living Out Loud in the Face of Breast Cancer.” The film honors 11 men and women breast cancer survivors who have demonstrated strength and courage in their battle with its “Models of Courage” program. 2012 marks Ford Motor Company’s 18th year of support for the breast cancer cause. In that time, Ford has dedicated more than $115 million to the breast cancer cause.

warriors in pink apparelYou too can get involved in this tremendously worthy program! When you buy Ford Warriors in Pink apparel at fordcares.com, 100 percent of the net proceeds go directly to support breast cancer awareness all year long.

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Disclosure: This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ford Warriors in Pink. The opinions and text are all mine.

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