It’s has been a long time since I’ve had a Thumb Up Monday. I originally started doing it to start my week off on a positive note. I’m not sure why or when I stopped, but I felt the need to do it today.
I want to give a Thumbs up to some fellow bloggers who have touched me with their loving hearts this week:
Mallory - Mallory aka Mallyscat
Marcy – Marcy’s Mazin’ Moments
Crystal – Life of a Seed
All three of these ladies walked in their local Making Strides for Breast Cancer events this past weekend. Thank you, thank you, thank you!!
It’s generous people like you that are going to help find a cure for this horrible disease.
I also wanted to share with you all another special blogging friend who is doing her part to help spread the word about the importance of self-exams and screenings with a little giveaway. You can check out Erin’s blog here :
|Susan G. Komen for the Cure® recommends that you :
|1. Know your risk
|Step 1: Begin by looking at your breasts in the mirror with your shoulders straight and your arms on your hips. Here's what you should look for:
|Step 2: Now, raise your arms and look for the same changes.
|Step 3: While you're at the mirror, look for any signs of fluid coming out of one or both nipples (this could be a watery, milky, or yellow fluid or blood). Step 4: Next, feel your breasts while lying down, using your right hand to feel your left breast and then your left hand to feel your right breast. Use a firm, smooth touch with the first few finger pads of your hand, keeping the fingers flat and together. Use a circular motion, about the size of a quarter. Cover the entire breast from top to bottom, side to side — from your collarbone to the top of your abdomen, and from your armpit to your cleavage. Follow a pattern to be sure that you cover the whole breast. You can begin at the nipple, moving in larger and larger circles until you reach the outer edge of the breast. You can also move your fingers up and down vertically, in rows, as if you were mowing a lawn. This up-and-down approach seems to work best for most women. Be sure to feel all the tissue from the front to the back of your breasts: for the skin and tissue just beneath, use light pressure; use medium pressure for tissue in the middle of your breasts; use firm pressure for the deep tissue in the back. When you've reached the deep tissue, you should be able to feel down to your ribcage.
|Step 5: Finally, feel your breasts while you are standing or sitting. Many women find that the easiest way to feel their breasts is when their skin is wet and slippery, so they like to do this step in the shower. Cover your entire breast, using the same hand movements described in Step 4.