Tuesday, October 19, 2010

Write Pink! Support: Robin's Story

We're focusing on breast cancer support for Write Pink! this week. 

Each day, a guest writer will be posting about ways we can help support the people that are fighting breast cancer and the organizations that are trying to beat it. 

On Thursday, you are welcome and encouraged to link up your Bigger Picture Moment about breast cancer support. {Blog or Facebook notes both work!}. By linking up, you will automatically be entered to win a gift certificate to {So} Sartina

By commenting on any one of the support posts, you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win an apron (the better for making meals or bakes sales with!) from It's All in the Bag. 

Today's post is about supporting access and care for all by Robin:


I still remember exactly where I was when my mom told me of her breast cancer diagnosis. Living two states away and juggling the phone while navigating a living room floor strewn with the day’s activities of my 18-month old and 4-month old daughters, I had her repeat herself so I could make sure I heard correctly. My immediate thought?

“How can I help?”

I’m not a doctor, I’m not a scientist, and I couldn’t go through the surgeries and the radiation for her. I couldn’t be there with her day after day as she endured tests, appointments, procedures and waiting. In the three years since my mom made that call, I’ve found there are more answers to that question than either of us could have known.

Supporting the Cure. I may not be able to find a cure with my brains, but I have feet that can walk and dollars that I can spend. I have been lucky enough to be a part of the Komen 3-Day for the Cure for the past two years, an effort that has raised over $500 million since 2003 for breast cancer research, community outreach and treatment. I also have had the privilege of walking with survivors whose treatment was a direct result of Komen’s support. If you aren’t Komen-inclined, there are a number of other organizations listed here that are working towards prevention and a cure. Beyond your dollars, there are numerous walks, runs, bikes, swims, and any other activities across the country you can participate in to help raise dollars from friends, family and strangers for the cure.

Supporting the End. But we don’t just want to find a cure. We want to put an end to breast cancer, so no more moms, daughters, wives, dads, sons or husbands ever have to make that call again. One of the easiest ways to support the effort to end breast cancer is to join with the Love/Avon Army of Women. It’s as easy as joining AOW’s database and reading your e-mail. In its efforts to recruit one million men and women from all walks of life, the AOW connects researchers with its members to participate in surveys and studies. There is no cost to join, other than the time it takes you to enroll on AOW’s website and to read about studies. Participation in AOW’s studies is completely voluntary and ranges from answering a few questions to giving a blood sample.

Supporting the (ahem) Girls. Throughout the month, you have the chance to get support and give support. Wacoal has teamed up with Macy’s, Dillard’s and other department stores nationwide for Fit for the Cure. Get professionally fitted by a Wacoal specialist and learn your true bra size, and Wacoal will donate $2 for every woman who participates. Find a local Fit for the Cure Event and happy shopping!

Supporting the Fighters and Survivors. Finally, you can also show your support on a more or personal level. Volunteer to make or deliver meals to breast cancer patients (here in the Twin Cities, you can contact Open Arms of Minnesota). Lend a hand to a friend, relative or acquaintance dealing with a diagnosis or going through treatment. When you ask a patient or survivor how they’re doing, listen to their answer. Be a friend. Be a supporter.

So…how can you help?

Robin writes about her day to day life - like being a HAHM (Husband-at-Home Mom), putting an end to breast cancer 3 days at a time, raising two preschool girls and being in her 40s - at Just After Bedtime.  She is blessed to report that her mom is a 3+ year survivor and looks forward to the day when her daughters live in a world without breast cancer.

Have you participated in any events to raise funds or awareness for breast cancer research? Do you know of programs that you can share with us like Open Arms of Minnesota?



LutherLiz said...

Thanks Robin! Congratulations on your mom being cancer free! I'm sure your support was a huge help to her.

Ginny Marie said...

Almost 10 years ago, I walked the 3-Day breast cancer walk...to celebrate being 5 years cancer free. I've also walked other breast cancer walks since then, and plan on celebrating my 15 year of survival next summer by raising money for breast cancer research. Open Arms of Minnesota sounds like a wonderful resource!

Lenae said...

Excellent list of ways to practically do something about breast cancer! I really appreciate you sharing this because I think there are a lot of us out there who think, "Yeah, breast cancer is terrible... but what can I do?" It seems so much bigger than us. But there are great ways to make both both a big and small impact.

This Heavenly Life said...

Thanks so much for sharing this today, Robin! I've always worried that cancer is so unstoppable that my actions wouldn't actually make a difference. A sad, untrue assumption. The way you've catalogued so many ways to support an end to breast cancer is encouraging to say the least.

Thank you!

Hyacynth said...

Robin, thanks for sharing those tips. I had no idea there were organizations that help others provide meals for families who are in the midst of dealing with breast cancer. That is awesome!

Robin said...

Thanks for the comment love, y'all! I'm glad I was able to get some new info out there. Thanks to Melissa and the Bigger Picture gals for the opportunity.