Hi, everyone! Hope your week is going well! I wanted to tell you about an event that I was a special guest at a few weeks ago. The event was a Night of Fashion at Neiman Marcus Willow Bend in Plano, Texas. The cause was something near and (not so) dear to my heart. I know a lot of you that read this blog know that I am a survivor of breast cancer. Susan G. Komen of North Texas asked me to tell my story and help facilitate a fashion show. The event was so nice and the fashion show right up my alley, as I might have had a little input as to what was shown! Many of the looks were from one of my favorite brands, Veronica Beard. The jacket I am wearing in the photos is from the brand. I have talked about Veronica Beard before, here, and this is one of my favorite jackets. This jacket has the removable, interchangeable dickey.
Now, let’s be straight. I am a talker, not a speaker. I was about to wet my pants with nerves at having to get up and speak. This was the second time (since college, maybe!) that I have spoken in front of a crowd. It’s scary!!! Anyway, I did speak for about twenty minutes telling my story. I don’t want to be known as the blogger that talks about breast cancer all of the time, but this is my story and I do feel like this has become a platform for me, and I should use it.
That being said, this is a reminder to please get a mammogram if you have not had one or have skipped a year or two. Y’all, my tumor was hiding and didn’t show up as a tumor on my mammogram. It showed up as a calcification. When I was examined by the surgeon, she couldn’t feel it at all! If I had not gotten that mammogram, I don’t know what would have happened, because it turned out that I had a very aggressive fast growing cancer, called Triple Negative. I don’t want to sound like a broken record, but I need you all to know that this particular cancer does not discriminate in age. Please make your daughters, daughter in laws, granddaughters, whoever, aware of this.
Here are some statistics…
In 2017, it’s estimated that among U.S. women there will be:
- 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer (This includes new cases of primary breast cancer among survivors, but not a recurrence of original breast cancer among survivors.)
- 63,410 new cases of in situ breast cancer (This includes ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS) and lobular carcinoma in situ (LCIS). Of those, about 83 percent will be DCIS. DCIS is a non-invasive breast cancer, and LCIS is a condition that increases the risk of invasive breast cancer . Learn more about DCIS and LCIS.)
- 40,610 breast cancer deaths
Susan G. Komen is helping so many women get the care they need. Susan G. Komen is the only organization that addresses breast cancer on multiple fronts like research, community health, global outreach and public policy initiatives in order to make the biggest impact against this disease. If caught early, there is such great survival rate. That is why it is so important to get mammograms!
Susan G. Komen North Texas Race for the Cure official, public kick-off event is next Tuesday, April 25 in Plano, Texas at 6:30 p.m. at Sambuca 360. The event will allow all to register for the race on site and have food, drinks, and giveaways. For details see here.
Okay, so now call and schedule that appointment or tell someone you love to be aware. I don’t want anyone to have to go through what I did! If you are in Dallas, sign up for the race!
Have a great day everyone!!! Thank you for reading this post!
Photos: Beckley & Co