Breast Cancer Awareness Month Means Action
I’m willing to wager that each of you know or are aware of someone affected by this frightening and life-changing disease. Either way, a wake-up call is in order!
Did you know?
- About one in eight U.S. women (12%) will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime.
- For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.
- About 85% of breast cancers occur in women who have no family history of the disease.
Two years ago, Donovan Reporting employee Susan Taylor put her career first. She was dedicated and dependable, but her typical 60-hour work week left time for little else. Then she was diagnosed with breast cancer. For her, the news was a wake-up call.
“It was almost like I heard a voice,” Susan recalls, “a voice that said, if you don’t learn the lesson that you don’t have a life now, the lesson will repeat.”
Over the next two years, Susan took a new approach to life. “I began to focus on self-care, exercise, and eating right,” she says. “I took more time for my family and doing things I love.”
While her treatment was difficult, with many complications along the way, Susan’s journey changed her priorities. Now, she works 30 to 40 hours a week. The extra time allows her to walk six miles a day, five days a week! She is dedicated to cleaner living, from the products in her home to the food she eats. But her passion is finding opportunities to support other women battling breast cancer.
“I feel like I have a new mission,” Susan says. “I want to share my experience and help others on a similar journey find strength and hope. “
On October 15, Susan will participate in her second Atlanta 2-Day Walk for Breast Cancer. She is looking forward to the challenge, as well as the chance to connect and share with others.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Susan has some advice for us all: “Schedule your yearly exam, and remind your loved ones to do the same. If I hadn’t gone to mine I wouldn’t be here today. Educate yourself on healthy eating and better ways to take care of your body. And be grateful – for your health, for everything.”
We are certainly grateful to have Susan as part of our team, and for her story. My hope is that this article will convince even one of you to take your health more seriously and to realize that work is not life! Work is simply a vehicle that enables each of us to live our fullest life!