Okay, folks. The next post is about Flav, I promise. This post is about this week's giveaway - a gift from The Republic of Tea. One lucky winner will receive a tin of Sip For the Cure Tea to enjoy on a cool autumn night. The winner will be selected at random from the comments boxes of all my posts today, so give me a shout out and you're entered. That's it!
Many of you probably know that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. You've seen promos for Race for the Cure, do this or that for the Cure, etc. The Susan G. Komen Foundation is one of my favorite charities, and I commend them for working as hard as they do to increase awareness of awareness of breast cancer and to encourage women to get their mammograms. In fact, Phaze is planning an anthology of fiction for next October with proceeds to benefit Komen.org, isn't that great? Alessia Brio is tapped to edit, and I can't wait to send her a story. It will definitely be a Dareville, tied into Daring Young Man, as the hero Jake is the widower of a woman who succumbed to breast cancer.
It's a subject very close to me, closer than the two attached, if you know what I mean. My mother is a seven-year Survivor, and participated in two 3-day walks in Chicago. She was even on the evening news there; we're trying to get her to upload it to YouTube! Unfortunately, her mother didn't last a year after her diagnosis in the mid 70s. I was only six but I do remember a lot about my grandmother, and I can't help but wonder, had she bothered to do something earlier, how much longer would we have had her around. I learned later that my grandmother was aware that there was a problem, but she was so frightened of doctors and so vain that she hid the lump until it became so obvious that she had to go. By then, it was too late for her.
But, it's not too late for you. If you see anything unusual in your gals, go to the doctor! Do your self-exams, learn your family's history, do everything you can to make sure you are a Survivor and stay one. My grandmother didn't live to see 60, and I believe had she taken some initiative she would have survived cancer. She might not have lived to see my books, but she'd have had a good shot of seeing me graduate high school or college, even get married. My mother took initiative, and she is still here. And it is possible to survive more than a few years after cancer, too, don't think it's a temporary thing. Did you know actress Ruby Dee is a 30-year breast cancer survivor? She is not alone, and neither or you. We can beat this!
Okay, I'm off the soapbox now. Let's have some fun. Post your comments, and on Friday I'll pick a winner.