And, it being a cause close to my heart, how could I not devote a post to it?
Cancer, particularly that of the breast, hits a raw nerve.
Maybe it is that I am reminded of my loved ones who have fought losing battles with the dreaded disease.
Two years ago, I lost a favourite aunt.
A lump in the breast ignored for too long, eventually permeated her lungs and claimed her life.
In contrast another aunt whom I love deeply, acted promptly when she discovered a lump in her breast and today, leads a happy, fulfilling life.
Yes, the shadow of uncertainty does hang over her like the Sword of Damocles.
But, she is alive, and, most of us who know her are grateful for that.
There isn't a woman on this planet whose heart goes cold with dread at the prospect of being a victim of Breast Cancer.
For many, the fear of loosing a breast, and therefore being less feminine, is as terrifying as losing one's life.
However, despite the fear, despite the statistics that report on breast cancer being the most common cancer in women (aside from skin cancer), a sizable portion of the female population continue to remain apathetic in caring for themselves.
We women have a plethora of reasons and excuses to hide behind.
And, they come in all forms and tones.....
The self-assured, cocky.......Me & Breast Cancer? No way!'
The defiant challenge.......' If it was all that serious, surely my doctor would have suggested checks'
The weary, I-have-the-weight-of-the-world-on-my-shoulders.....' Where do I have the time? '
The patient, why-am-I-talking-to-a-retard....'I don't have a family history of breast cancer.'
The paranoid ' Because it will hurt...and besides, I hate hospitals and doctors and anything remotely associated with the medical sciences'
Which, I confess, is my preferred response to illness or any such threat to my physical self.
The terrified, ' What if I do have cancer? What if I die? I would rather live my last days in peace and not knowing...'
Not to mention the even more terrifying worries about the financial burden a positive test can lead to
The excuses are dime a dozen...And, so unreal.
It is amazing that a woman who would brush aside all such excuses when the health of a loved one is at risk, would resort to them when it comes to caring for herself.
Breast cancer has claimed enough victims.
It is time for us to step out of denial and value ourselves better.
To accept our prime responsibilty to ourselves.
And, realise that no one else will fulfill our responsibilities to ourselves.
It is time for us to stand up and take charge of our health and well being.
Because good health is critical for our functioning in all spheres of life.
And, the key lies well within our grasp.
But above all, it is time for us women to free our minds from fear and understand that breast cancer does not necessarily mean the loss of a breast.
Even if it does, it is important to understand that a breast does not a woman make.
Femininity is a state of mind.
And for that to endure, it is important that a woman be alive and healthy.
So ladies, don't be shy.
Go ahead and cop a feel
Remember, a squeeze in time, will not only save that boob, but your life as well.
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