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Think Pink

Thursday, October 21st, 2010

Melissa Etheridge PerformanceHard Rock’s Pinktober is a rockin’ way to raise awareness for breast cancer. The month-long parties and music events, featuring a host of musicians such as Melissa Etheridge, have helped raise money for the cause. Goody Blogger Martha Pierce recently had the chance to chat with Melissa about what it’s like being a breast cancer survivor and a mom. Here’s what she had to say.

How would you suggest talking to kids about dealing with breast cancer? I certainly didn’t want to scare my children, but I wanted them to know the truth. I said, “My body has a cold and I need to take it out so the cold doesn’t spread to the rest of my body.” My son was so compassionate, even at 6-years-old. My kids joked with me about being bald and pale, but now they look back and completely understand what I was going through.

How do you connect with other moms who struggle with breast cancer? I tell them that breast cancer can be a gift; a moment of understanding what balance and health is in our life. It helps many women come to a place of understanding: we have to take care of ourselves before we can be of any good to anyone else.

Find out how you can catch a Pinktober show near you, as well as other ways to support the cause here!

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An Incredible Breast Cancer Resource

Monday, October 11th, 2010

If you’ve been diagnosed with breast cancer, or if you’re close to anyone who has been, do yourself a favor and check out the new DVD  Breast Cancer: A Path of Wellness and Healing. It’s unbelievably comprehensive. I’d say something like, “covering everything from X to X” but truly, it encompasses every possible aspect of the disease and its treatment. It even takes you behind the scenes to actual radiation and chemotherapy sessions. The information is shared in straightforward, no-bull language by front-line researchers including renowned breast surgeon Susan Love, M.D., and survivors such as Christina Applegate, Sheryl Crow, Olivia Newton-John, Melissa Etheridge, and plenty of non-celebs, too. It’s roughly five hours long, but of course it’s not meant to be watched in one sitting; the idea is to pick and choose the parts that interest you most at the moment.

I paid special attention to the section from our advisor Harvey Karp, M.D., (the creator of The Happiest Baby on the Block and The Happiest Toddler on the Block) who shared his best advice on how to talk to your child—no matter his or her age—about your illness. His advice makes perfect sense and should make some very difficult conversations a little bit easier.

When my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer back in 1999—I’m grateful to say she’s an 11-year survivor—we armed ourselves with the most well-regarded books. But it was hard to read them. In some cases, there was more information than we were ready for, and in others, they raised more questions than they answered. I know my family would have preferred to watch a DVD like this, where the information is broken down into very specific categories and you choose to watch only what you’re prepared for. And there’s something about hearing the experiences of real people, whether they’re patients, survivors, or experts, that makes it somehow easier to comprehend.

Another very appealing feature of this DVD: 100% of the profits from the $34.99 price tag goes to fund breast cancer research.

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