As the year closes, let us all remember the victims and survivors of Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence. Both causes are equally important. Now is a good time to schedule your mammograms, and other preventative type exams. While, you may not be able to screen your relationships, reevaluating them isn’t a bad idea. Toxic relationships should be avoided at all costs.
Check with your health insurance company to find out if preventative services are free, for some carriers this is the case. Also, be sure you are doing your monthly at home self breast exams. Make your gynecologist aware of any strange lumps, discharge, or breast pain that you may be experiencing. Attend your follow-up appointments and take any all prescribed medications.
Too often, we take care of everyone else, but neglect ourselves in the process. If you are the “show stopper” in your family. You know, the one that if anything happens to you the show would stop; not taking of care of yourself is no longer an option.
If you are in a domestic violence situation, please seek safety and help. Find out what resources your job or community has to offer and take advantage of them. The National Domestic Violence Hotline number is 1-800-799-SAFE (7233).