Monday, October 1, 2012

A Different Kind of Octoberfest

As many of you know October is sort of a pivotal month for many reasons.  The weather starts to change, colors emerge and our sights begin to focus on the holidays and all its festivities.  Octoberfest being one of them.  In college it was a great excuse to skip class or rally the troops for a Saturday day trip to go celebrate with the German/Polish Americans over in New Braunfels.

This October I will be celebrating a different kind of Octoberfest.  A celebration of bringing more awareness about breast cancer.  October is breast cancer awareness month.   

Many women go undetected and wind up too far gone to stop its course of action.  Cancer definitely has and is on a course of action.  It should be a verb.  Cancer has one thing on its mind.  To seek and destroy good cells.  I am guessing if you are a Christian you are hearing the similarity to the verse in John 10:10 "The thief comes only to steal and kill and destroy; I have come that they may have life, and have it to the full."  

So with that being said I will post each week ways that you can rely on God to raise awareness within your own body, how you can have life more abundantly through treatments and how to celebrate and participate with others this month of breast cancer festivities.

The National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, NBCAM has many different ways for you to get involved.  Maybe you just get involved by helping someone else who is going through it, maybe you find a screening nearby, or perhaps you host a celebration of your own thanking others and God for getting you through.

So whatever you do this month and you see pink, hopefully you will say a little prayer for those who mourn, those who are marching through and those who have survived.  You can fly a pink flag, 
wear a pin or charm like this one being launched today by James Avery

send a card or text message to someone, wear a pink Oumpah dress, get a tattoo (which my son in law would love for me to do), 

 add colored lights to your house, 

I am thankful God brought it to my attention, my sister and family spurred me on to diagnosis and treatment and Jesus held my hand every step of the way.  If I had waited even just six months my doctor told me my script would have read a lot differently.  

Wear a pink bra or paint your nails with OPI pink polish. 

Some of us can't afford six months and though Octoberfest comes only once a year, so lets try and make every day a festival of awareness, of just how important early detection can be for some. 
It really does not matter what you do, just as long as you are aware, be prepared and share this message in hopes that it WILL save lives. 

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