Take Care of the TaTas

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The campaign began 34 years ago, so maybe you’ve gotten used to hearing it mentioned on TV and seeing it on social media and print ads, taking it in for a few seconds, but then moving on to your next thought.

Does donating to a breast cancer fundraiser at your job or on your friend’s Facebook fundraiser keep the thought of breast cancer awareness lingering a little more? Have you participated in a group challenge, like the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure walk?

I salute these methods of getting people to pay attention to the seriousness of breast cancer; however, my main questions are:

“Are you doing self-examinations?”

“Have you had your mammogram or scheduled it?”

“Are you reminding your loved ones to have theirs?”

Do it today.

To those who have been on the journey of having breast cancer and have had treatments, mastectomies, or alternative surgeries, I applaud your strength, and I’m glad you’re here.

I picked up this postcard at the Louvre, not knowing anything about the artist or the mindset for painting it; however, I found it intriguing. I assumed the artist was one of the ol’ (or young) white guys whose works are prominent at the museum, but discovered it’s not. Portrait of Madeleine, formally known as Portrait of a Negress, was painted by Marie-Guillemine Benoist. SmartHistory website has an interesting article about her and the painting, written by Dr. Susan Waller.

Marie-Guillemine and Madeleine are probably out there somewhere, saying, “Who knew we’d be used to promote breast cancer awareness.”


* The mention of websites is not an endorsement or suggested as fundraising vehicles, but used as examples of what some people choose to support. However, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, a U.S. government site, might be a source you’d like to visit.