Being Proactive versus Reactive to Breast Cancer

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One in nine Canadian women is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime. For you that statistic could include a family member, a friend, or even yourself. Although I don’t know someone dealing with breast cancer, I believe it’s important to be proactive, creating awareness and support around this disease before it becomes personal. That is what I’m trying to do with my daughter.

Perhaps because I’m getting older and the women around me are getting older, the likelihood of being diagnosed with breast cancer looms over my head. And what about my daughter? All those women diagnosed with breast cancer were once someone’s “little girl”. I can’t imagine my daughter facing a future with breast cancer, yet it could be a possibility.

It’s the unknown outcome of the future that has me wanting to do my part to raise awareness around breast cancer. I also want my daughter to understand and learn how even someone not yet touched by the disease can still make a difference; that you don’t have to be a candidate to care about a condition affecting others. I want to be proactive versus reactive to the disease. So when EverythingMom was asked to participate in the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation CIBC Run for the Cure blogger challenge I thought this was the perfect opportunity.

You may remember how I started running again, as a way to support my daughter. She was dealing with something new to her and I wanted to help her along, to get over the hump and the hard parts. Whether we’re helping our children with everyday challenges or a friend who is facing what feels like insurmountable odds, we all know that support can make a huge difference in the outcome, how we feel, how the person being challenged feels. The CIBC Run for the Cure is a fitting way for my daughter (and I) to turn around and run to support others.

For the next ten weeks, my daughter and I will be preparing for our first ever long distance run, the 5K CIBC Run for the Cure. We’ll be preparing ourselves mentally and physically for the run and sharing our journey on EverythingMom over the next few weeks.

I’m doing this for my daughter and myself but also for our EverythingMom community, the countless moms who may be facing their own breast cancer challenges. We love our community and the support it provides us and other moms. For those in our community just diagnosed with breast cancer, those in remission, and those just living with the disease day-by-day, this is just one small way we can offer our support.

Although raising awareness is important, raising funds is also key. The funds raised as part of the CIBC Run for a Cure go toward innovative research, education and awareness. The fact that the mortality rate for breast cancer has dropped by almost 40% since 1986 shows that the funds being raised are making a difference. You can do your part by donating to our first ever run. Imagine if every person who read this piece donated just one-dollar as a sign of supporting the community. Every bit counts and makes a bigger impact than doing nothing, hoping someone else will contribute. If you’re looking to help in a bigger way, you can also register your own run or even volunteer. You can also join the conversation on twitter and facebook. Support the bloggers participating in the challenge by following the hashtag #CIBCRunForTheCure

My hope is by participating in this year’s CIBC Run for a Cure, by creating awareness for breast cancer, by being proactive against the disease before it hits me personally, I hope I never have to experience it myself. I hope my daughter and your daughter and every daughter never has to hear the diagnosis of breast cancer in their lifetime. My daughter and I will be running for that hope. Who do you want us to run for?

This post is sponsored by the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.

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