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In popular mythology, the Ostric...

Posted Sep 12 2008 12:32pm

In popular mythology, the Ostrich is famous for hiding its head in the sand at the first sign of danger. I suppose they simply do not want to face the possibility of something happening to them. During my mid-20’s I had the “Ostrich Syndrome” myself. I was young, really getting on with my own life, why should I worry about something happening to me?
When breast cancer made its way into my family, I decided to lift my head out of the sand. In a way I understand why people do not want to become more familiar with breast cancer. With the statistic of every 1 in 8 women being diagnosed, it is a very unsettling realization. Where I sit now - with everything I have learned - I do not want to see other people blindsided by the disease. I feel as if I have a responsibility to make a difference in that manner.
The other week my daughter’s science teacher stated “who wants to hear a discussion on breast cancer? B-O-R-I-N-G.” A science teacher…a woman in her 30’s! I’ve heard women say things like “why do I want to worry myself?” It is not about worry - you do not perform self-breast exams out of fear. You learn changes in your body! If you feel chest pains - you do something about it. We all have blood work, and physicals to keep in check. Keeping an eye on your breast health is the same concept.
Taking care of yourself in general is so important - your health is important. You eat right, exercise, and treat your body with respect. Now, that is not boring! It is smart.

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