“Pink” Products for October

While all the products might not actually be pink, the partnerships between manufacturers and breast cancer researchers in October always makes me hopeful. It’s amazing to see how far we’ve come in the fight against breast cancer.

I especially love that Gerber NUK has partnered with the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF) this October. Breastfeeding lowers the risk for breast cancer (even in women where it runs in the family!), so I think this is an excellent match.

NUK is going to donate a portion of its sales from its entire breastfeeding line to NBCF through December 2012. This includes breast pads, breast pumps, milk storage bags, and other accessories.

This is one of my personal favorite breastfeeding products

 

Looking for other ways to support breast cancer research? Here are some fun pink products.

Infant splatter bib at ShopKomen.com ($8)

Nestly Nuzzles Pink Dog at GUND ($24)

 

Big Fish computer games ($2.99 and up)

 

Do you have any “pink” products that you love?

National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

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Have you been seeing pink this October? That’s because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Other than skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States. It is the second leading cause of death in women, after lung cancer. Chances are … you or someone you love has been impacted by breast cancer in some way. Amy Heeg is a woman who has been directly impacted by breast cancer, but she is a survivor!. Here is her story.

I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 36. Until then, my biggest fears were my teenage son driving and how I would be turning 40 soon. Now turning 40 is a blessing.

It was July 2007, and I was still nursing my youngest when I noticed that my milk supply was decreasing on one side and there was a lump. The doctor didn’t think there was anything to worry about, but just to be sure, he recommended an ultrasound.

He wasn’t worried because I was 36 years old, didn’t smoke or drink, led an active lifestyle, had nursed all of my children, and there was no history of breast cancer in my family. I got several ultrasounds and then a mammogram. Finally, the doctor said I needed to have a biopsy. The lump in my throat got bigger.

My mass was estimated to be about 4 cm in size, so the only real option was a mastectomy. On September 12, 2007— amidst tears of fear and amazing peace that only God could have provided me, I was rolled into surgery. A few weeks later I was officially given the news that the cancer had moved into my bones, with possible spots in my liver and ovaries. I was officially stage IV, with a husband, four children, and an entire life to fight for.

I’m 38 now, and my motivation is simple. I want to live. I want to see my children graduate, and get their first job. I want to see them get married and meet my grandchildren. I want to grow old with my husband.

I want women to understand that breast cancer is not an older women’s disease. Forty is not the magic number.

People continue to ask me where I find my strength, and my answer is God and my family and friends. I will walk in the Breast Cancer 3-Day and will continue to walk until a cure is found or I cease to breathe.

Amy Heeg — Howell, Michigan

Want to know more about breast cancer prevention and detection? Don’t miss the article "Breast Cancer Awareness" in the October 2009 issue of ParentLife or visit www.cancer.org.

And don’t forget! Early detection is so important! Be sure to see your doctor at the first sign or feeling that something might be wrong.