What A Moment of Awareness Can Do

Breast HealthOctober is here and even the big, tough, NFL players are donning pink accessories. I probably don’t need to explain what the color pink has to do with the month of October. Of all the “awareness months” out there, October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month is most likely the best known. Pink is quickly winning out to the traditional Halloween orange and black as the color most associated with the month of October. And it should! I am willing to wager that there are not many people left who’s lives haven’t been touched by Breast Cancer in one way or another. It is real. It is scary. And it doesn’t discriminate.

Early detection of Breast Cancer┬áis imperative and very possible. One of our expert contributors, Jessica Stone Baker of The Mindful Body, has kindly shared her story of awareness with us. She reconfirms that each of us are, in fact, the most qualified to determine our own body’s messages and how important it is to know our body well.

What a Moment of Awareness Can Do

In January 2011, I was diagnosed with Stage 3c Breast Cancer at the age of 36. Three years earlier, a female physician had administered a thermography, which results came back showing strong abnormalities in my left quadrant. She ignored the results based on my age and no biopsy was done.

My advice to you is take your health and wellness into your own hands. Engage with wellness practitioners who encourage you on a path of learning and self-empowerment to realize that you are in fact in touch with your own body’s wisdom more than any physician. Learn how to interpret your own blood work, read the signs of the body in health and dis-ease, and learn that true health and wellness is not always being issue or disease free, but the ease with which you are able to transition back into wellness from a health challenge.

Jessica Stone Baker BA, AOS, NCTMB, RMT, RYT, Certified Ayurvedic Practitioner The Mindful Body

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