Thursday, September 30, 2010

69 Seconds to #fightbreastcancer

Today is the day the Komen Foundation is asking people from around the globe to make a promise to take action against breast cancer — all through social media. This global effort starts with all of us, posting to our Facebook and Twitter profiles, and then asking your friends and family to do the same - a viral day, if you will.

How does it work? Starting today, September 30, at midnight (EDT) until midnight October 1, we are kicking off Breast Cancer Awareness Month by asking YOU to visit On the website, take action by clicking the Twitter Connect or the Facebook Connnect buttons! They will update your Facebook/Twitter statuses or blog using the hashtag #fightbreastcancer.

What is a “hashtag”? Hashtags allow you to quickly identify special topics, and help spread information while organizing and making it searchable within social media.

Why 69 seconds? Because that’s how often a woman dies of breast cancer somewhere in the world. A statistic we’re trying to change.

What’s the goal? We want to mobilize millions to take 69 seconds to #fightbreastcancer AND break the Guinness World Record for Most Widespread Social Network Message in 24 Hours.

How can you join the fight?

1. Visit and take action!
2. Change your Facebook and/or Twitter status to one of the following:
  •  Every 69 seconds, a woman dies of breast cancer somewhere in the world. #fightbreastcancer at
  •  Today is not about raising funds. It’s about raising virtual voices around the world to take action in 69 seconds or less. Visit, post #fightbreastcancer to Facebook and Twitter or blog about it before midnight and help turn the virtual world pink. How do you promise to #fightbreastcancer?
3. Use #fightbreastcancer in your statuses pertaining to breast cancer, Komen or Breast Cancer Awareness Month several times during the day!

4. And lastly, make your Facebook posts public for the day. Facebook recently overhauled their privacy controls for personal profiles which could potentially compromise our Guinness World Record. In order to be considered eligible for our attempt, your status must be open to the public. Here are instructions to help you make your status public:
  • In Facebook, click on “Account” in the top right corner
  • Scroll and select “Privacy Settings” in the drop down menu
  • Under “Sharing on Facebook,” select “Customize Settings”
  • Under “Things I Share,” select the drop down menu next to “Posts by me”
  • Select “Everyone”
  • Your status updates are now public

After midnight (EDT) October 1st, please be sure to change your privacy settings back to where you had them as we don’t want to compromise your privacy.

It costs nothing and takes just a minute of your time – or maybe 69 seconds. So blog about it, post it, tweet it, retweet it, use it in all your statuses and urge everyone you know to do the same.

Thursday, September 9, 2010

Doctor's Denial

Today I called the imaging center to schedule my yearly screening mammogram, and immediately called my health care provider to request a doctor's order. I was told that they would forward a request to my doctor. As I continued on my drive to work, I thought to myself "when I am walking by the physician's office tomorrow on my training walk, I can pick up the order."

Fast forward about six hours: I get a call from the nurse at my doctor's office, and I was in complete shock by what I was told. She said my doctor wouldn't give me an order since it has been over a year since my last physical. I immediately stated that it was September of last year that I had a COMPLETE physical including gynecological exam, and in April and May of this year, I had many blood tests, an EKG, and abdominal and pelvic CT scan before having my gallbladder removed. I then stated a physical wasn't in the budget this year due to the expense of surgery and ER visit. She had no response except that my doctor wants a physical before giving me the doctor's order for the mammogram. I couldn't believe what I was hearing, and at the time due to the shock, the only reply I had was to call my gynecologist to get a doctor's order.

Then I did what I do best when something is bothering me and buried myself in my work, but no matter what I  did, I couldn't get over the denial of a doctor's order for a mammogram. Several factors made me increasingly upset. This will be my fifth mammogram since I started getting them three years ago, and I have had the same doctor through the process.  After my first mammogram, I was called back for more images and then sent to a surgeon for a consultation by my doctor. Luckily, the surgeon didn't feel that a biopsy was necessary due to the microcalcifications, but he did suggest mammograms every six months. Two years later, I found a lump and the same doctor sent me for diagnostic mammogram and ultrasound. Thankfully, once again I had good results-eggshell rimmed cyst (fat necrosis). Due to my breast health history, my mom being a 12-year survivor, and my doctor's involvement,  I am left wondering "how can this be?"

Don't think for a minute that this is going to keep me from getting my mammogram. In fact, it has only inspired me. Not sure exactly what I am going to do, but it I will start by calling the doctor's office back tomorrow to speak with the head physician, who is a breast cancer survivor. If she isn't in there, I will live by the motto that "tomorrow is another day" until I talk with her. I am usually an easy going individual, but this has really stirred my emotions because anyone that is willing to do something as bold as walking 60 miles over 3 days won't let a simple NO keep them from achieving a goal. Besides "everyone deserves a lifetime" and that everyone includes ME!

Hugs and blessings,