Battling Breast Cancer


by Brandi Savitt – October 13, 2011

Discuss, Detect, Donate

Dear Fab & Fru Readers,

For Stephanie and me, 2011 has been a year of devastation and triumph.  Between the two of us, FIVE close friends and family members have spent the year battling breast cancer.  As someone witnessing her friends and family endure the cruel twists and turns of fighting this deadly disease, I have been humbled and forever changed.  While I always knew I was blessed to have many strong women in my life, I have been blown away by the unrelenting courage, strength and unbelievable spirit of these truly fabulous ladies.

As most of you know, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  And although tremendous inroads have been made to spread awareness about this horrific disease, and raise money to help find a cure – we have yet to succeed.   Even as health savvy caring women, it is impossible to truly understand the magnitude of this disease unless you are battling it yourself, or have witnessed first hand as a loved one fights for her life to become a survivor.  The fact is, no woman is immune to breast cancer, and it is up to all of us to educate ourselves and stand united in our efforts to find a cure.

Health is Wealth

Good health is the greatest gift of all.  As Gandhi said; “It is health that is real wealth and not pieces of gold and silver”.  Here are three key Fab & Fru steps we all need to take NOW to help fight for the well being of all women!

Educate Yourself & Discuss

There may not yet be a cure for breast cancer, but like anything, the first step is awareness.  Education saves lives.  Empowering ourselves by taking an active role in our own preventive healthcare is essential.  Discussing women’s health issues with our mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts and friends – is the first step.   Awareness breeds action!

Early Detection Saves Lives

Educating ourselves and practicing preventive medicine, does not need to make us obsessed and fearful.  It makes us smart.  The facts are very simple – when it comes to breast cancer – the sooner the disease is detected, the higher chance of survival.  Talk to your doctor about early detection and commit to regular check ups and screenings.

Donate Wisely to Help Find the Cure

Please consider donating to help find a cure.  There are hundreds of organizations that are dedicated to the fight against breast cancer.  However, not all organizations are as transparent as others.  Before you donate to the cause, find out where your money will be going, and choose the charity that speaks to you.

Charity Navigator is an excellent resource to help guide you in your search.  They rate all organizations that they are involved with by the transparency of their accounting practices.  Below is Charity Navigators top three rated breast cancer organizations.  For a full list, click here.

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5 Responses to “Battling Breast Cancer”

  1. jackie says:

    Thanks for a really important article

  2. bev says:

    Great article Brandi! Sorry this dreadful disease has touched your’s and Steph’s lives, as it has so many others. We all have to join in the fight to eradicate it!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

  3. Susan says:

    Brandi,

    Well said. As one of those fighters I really appreciate you spreading the importance of taking an active role. Maybe one day this awful disease will be cured once and for all.

  4. louie says:

    Well put. Yes, health is something money can’t buy. We take many things for granted, unfortunately, and never think of ourselves as vulnerable. Yes, early detection makes the difference and is the real key to beating this incidious desease. Also, you make a great point as to where you’re donations can make the most impact. When something like this touhces your life it puts real perspective to what is most important in life.

  5. Jessie says:

    Great article!! You made an excellent point about early detection…. I am in awe of the strong women in my life battling this disease as well!!

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