This is a sponsored post in partnership with Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This time of year is always hard for me. My Grandmother’s birthday is in October too. My Grandmother had colon and breast cancer. She lost her battle and passed away in 2012. It was so hard to lose her. I think about her every day.
My Grandmother was strong and loving. She had over 20 Grandchildren and even more Great Grandchildren. Her smile was beautiful and she was a great story teller. We loved her very much.
My Grandmother is the reason why I love bacon so much. She practically raised me and cooked lots of crispy bacon when I was younger. She loved to cook and taught me how to make a few dishes including her Cornbread Dressing and Sweet Potato Pies.
I say pies because she taught me how to make three at time. I can’t make just one no matter how hard I try.
When my Grandmother was diagnosed with cancer it was difficult to deal with. She was doing Chemotherapy. She lost weight, energy and hair. My family definitely made the most of the days when she had a little energy. A cancer diagnosis is a scary thing. Unfortunately my family did not start to really discuss breast cancer until after my Grandmother passed away. I think that something all parents have in common is wanting their children to grow up healthy. This includes talking about ways to stay healthy. However, the environment around our girls may change the way their body develops. To help protect daughters from developing breast cancer later in life, it is never too early to begin taking steps.
Because cancer has hit so close to home for me, I pay more attention now. Research is very important so of I course I agreed when the opportunity came up for me too work with the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program to raise awareness. Scientists, physicians, and community partners in the Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program (BCERP), which is supported by the National Institutes of Health (NIH), study the effects of environmental exposures on breast cancer risk later in life. They created a mother-daughter toolkit that Moms can use to talk to their daughters about steps to take together to reduce risk.
Since research is still being done, it is too soon to say with certainty whether avoiding certain foods or chemicals may lower the risk of breast cancer. The Breast Cancer and the Environment Research Program has resources to help families learn about potential ways to reduce risk.
My family has been taking steps to reduce the risk of breast cancer. We are trying to eat fruits and vegetable. We all love drink smoothies. I use big handfuls of spinach with a mixture of fresh and frozen fruit. We are also trying to pay more attention to the chemicals used in products, especially phthalates.