Planning My Breast Cancer Screening: Hanes Mammogram Monologues #MFMammo #HanesForGood
Every year during October I usually post information about Breast Cancer Awareness and highlight companies doing something special in support. This year I planned to do the same thing however things are not the same.
This year I turned 40 and spreading awareness about Breast Cancer became much more than just sharing information. The issue of Breast Cancer is now something personal because starting this year, it's recommended that I start screening for Breast Cancer by getting a mammogram.
While I've known for years this time was coming, now that it's actually here.... I'm so not prepared.
Note: This post is part of a compensated campaign on behalf of Hanes and the National Breast Cancer Foundation. However any personal views expressed are always 100% my own.
Thankfully, I don’t have to start this new journey alone. I'm not sure how they knew (could it be my 40 and fabulous tweet?!), but Hanes reached out and invited me to be part of their "Mammogram Monologues" social campaign, an initiative designed to make women more comfortable with the mammogram exam process.
At first I wasn't sure I wanted to blog about this experience. It's my first time! Ugh. But after thinking it over, I felt Hanes and their offer was a right fit. Hanes is all about comfort and they hope their "Mammogram Monologues" will provide comfort to women who may be hesitant to receive a mammogram.
After all, how many other women having their first mammogram this year will feel as nervous as I do? I suspect quite a few. How much better if these women (and I) had someone who can walk with us through the new experience. Someone who can really share what the process is like?
And so I've joined Hanes to share my "Mammogram Monologues" during National Breast Cancer awareness month.
Not only has Hanes launched their "Mammogram Monologues", they've also teamed up with the National Breast Cancer Foundation [NBCF] to help generate awareness among women about the importance of receiving mammograms. As a part of this effort, Hanes will be donating $50,000 to the NBCF in an effort to fund research and early detection screenings.
The NBCF provides free mammograms for women who could not otherwise afford them and supports early detection research programs in leading medical facilities across the country. This month I will receive my first mammogram at a NBCF center. I'm excited to share my experience with other women who need encouragement getting their mammogram, whether their turning 40 this year or a few years ago.
For more information and to see posts from the Mammogram Monologues throughout the month, visit Hanes on Facebook www.facebook.com/hanes
To learn more info about NBCF National Mammography Program, visit www.nationalbreastcancer.org and www.beyondtheshock.com