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For the Ladies: Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October 6, 2012

As a graphic designer in a small community (~14,000 in our zip code), I am sometimes called upon to be the poster child for our local hospital. Why? Because they are my client, and the hospital’s PR guy apparently thinks I make a decent model with a good story (because I ride a motorcycle), and provide an even better message. The message is not that I am a cancer survivor (thankfully, thus far), but that I am a woman who believes in getting regular mammograms and other recommended health screenings.

So ladies, listen up! Get your screening mammograms. Maybe not necessarily annually, depending on your age—but get them. I have had friends die of breast cancer, and I have both family and friends who have had this form of cancer caught early enough to treat and beat it. But if you don’t get the mammogram, you may not know until it’s too late. If you believe in ATTGATT, this is just another form of keeping yourself safe. For the sake of those who love you… please… get over your nervousness, fear, whatever, and do this.

Here’s the ad, with my smiling mug and my message to all of you (photos by my sweetie, Tony Reed):

Breast Cancer Awareness ad campaign

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5 Comments leave one →
  1. October 7, 2012 4:27 pm

    Nice!! You make a fabulous poster child!

  2. October 9, 2012 7:23 pm

    Thank you for the great reminder and I agree with Pam – you make a fabulous poster child.

    I like how you compare it to ATGATT and I think that is also true for minimizing risk – as that is why we wear all the gear. We can all help minimize risk by doing the screenings, and being careful with the beauty and cleaning products we use and the food we eat.

  3. October 10, 2012 3:47 pm

    Liz:

    I agree, you are a great poster child and thank you for spreading the message

    bob
    Riding the Wet Coast
    My Flickr // My YouTube

  4. October 30, 2012 7:48 pm

    Good for you – I saw my ex through breast cancer, and various other ailments.

    Got her eventually , after we split.

    She was a keen rider in her day too!

    • December 18, 2012 7:02 pm

      Dan, good for you for helping, and I’m so sorry to hear that she didn’t make it in the long run. Thank you for sharing.

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