Breast Cancer Awareness Month,

Life: October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

12:00:00 AM Arianne 6 Comments

I don't often advocate for campaigns on this blog, but this month of October means something more to me this year than the years before. Someone I know was diagnosed with breast cancer last year. Due to mistakes I've made, I was not there for this person. Thankfully, the cancer was discovered early and they were able to cure her by performing a mastectomy. I was not aware of any specifics. The pain she went through were only mentioned to me, but I never witnessed it. For this, I regret that I wasn't there for her. We used to be so close, but my habit of running away burned the bridge that connected us.

This year, I want to raise awareness for all types of cancer, not just breast cancer. I work for a company that helps diagnose cancer, and we were told during orientation that every single department's role is vital. 

I want to raise awareness so that we can continue to support research to find a cure for cancer, but also for us to be more knowledgeable in keeping our bodies healthy. Some cancers cannot be prevented, but some are avoidable. Lung cancer for example. One way to prevent it is to avoid smoking. The risks are not worth it, trust me.

Heather Von St. James reached out to me about spreading the word about cancer. She's a cancer survivor and she's been writing about her story to raise awareness. She was diagnosed with Mesothelioma, a preventable cancer that is caused by exposure to asbestos. She got it from wearing her dad's jacket, which carried the fibers on it. This later developed into a serious disease that had her in a battle for her life.

From her story, I gathered that cancer takes away control from a person. I know what it feels like to feel out of control. I can't imagine how it must feel for people dealing with a life-threatening disease.

"For someone with a cancer diagnosis, it starts with the loss of your health. Then, you feel the loss of control you thought you had over your life. Perhaps you lose your job, or friends who can’d deal with the fact that you’re sick. Everything around you changes."

"The thought of not being around to raise my little girl seemed like a cruel joke the universe was playing."

--Heather Von St. James--

Directly more related to breast cancer, Louise Pentland from Sprinkle of Glitter recently posted a video where she opens up about the ordeal of losing her mother to breast cancer. It is a video that certainly brought tears to my eyes. She also started a donation page to support cancer research in the UK. It would mean a lot to me, and I'm sure to Louise, if you could donate, even if it's just $1.

"Cancer doesn't just stop when somebody dies. It lives on in the hearts of the family and friends."
--Louise Pentland--

Another well-known organization is Susan G Komen. They provide support, organize events, and fund research. Find out more how you can get involved here.


  1. This is such a great post. I don't often watch Louise's videos but she just keeps getting more and more appealing to me!

    Corinne x

    1. she's such an inspiration when it comes to being a great mother and keeping things together :)

  2. Posts like these make me realize how much stronger people are than what we think. Louise is such a kind hearted vlogger and her story touches me. Love and applause for Heather too! xx

    Jadirah Sarmad | Jasmine Catches Butterflies ʚϊɞ

    1. it surprises me sometimes when people say nice things to me, not knowing my struggles, but I realize, they only see what I choose to show them

  3. This is a really good campaign that's helping to raise awareness, it's so sad to hear people's stories!

    Velvet Blush

    1. I hope you'll share the campaign on your social media!