Touching Your Breasts… Could Save your Life

LWMSeptOct2014-Final_Page_25I know that was in your face – but I wanted to get your attention. I want to talk with you about something very personal to each of us. Our breasts. How we see ourselves, feel confident in our bodies and honor our uniqueness seems to have taken a hit. Because of the hit, it seems to be based on our external appearance more so than allowing our internal beauty to radiate outward. The marketing industry uses the female body to sell with emphasis on our breast. It’s no wonder that it is the number one cosmetic surgery in the country. Don’t get me wrong; this is just about awareness and a concern. My concern is that breast cancer is the second common cancer for women and we have a tendency to give attention to our spouses, children, grands, family and even our businesses and often neglect ourselves. Because of the hit to our self-esteem, worth and value (with all the marketing) I don’t want us to forget to take care of and honor ourselves. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s great that there is a month set aside to heighten the awareness. However, as the CEO’s of our lives we get to be the executive officer in charge of our health, self-image, self-esteem and self worth. You get to have a direct impact on your life and future.

With 1 in 8 women getting breast cancer it is an alarm signal that beckons our immediate attention. Let me ask you, are you performing your self exams? What about scheduling your regular mammograms? Believe me I know the discomfort of the latter no matter the cup size. But listen this is nothing short of an act of self-love, self-honoring and self-affirmation. It is an action that I, we and you must slow down and perform to save our lives. Do you know that there is even an App to support you?

While I get my mammogram yearly, I too have to become more consistent with my monthly self-exams. Just think, early detection can save your life. This means we have the power to impact our lives and our future in a phenomenal way. When you are diagnosed, it changes the trajectory of your life; your perspective, self worth and esteem. From what I’ve witnessed with a dear friend it is a journey of self-discovery, faith, patience, and research.

Holding on to self-honoring, self-love and self-affirming practices will keep you grounded on the journey. That could be meditation, deeply appreciating the value you bring beyond your physical appearance, living present in each moment and realizing the value of your inner wisdom.

No matter where you are on the journey my prayer for you is that you will come to know your worth and value is based on “who you are” not necessarily what you do. And who you are is priceless… just as you are.

Much love to you on your journey
Jenenne Macklin


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