My heart aches today.  Big time.

I just found out that a fellow Montessori mama lost her battle with breast cancer last week.  She fought that battle with everything that she had for 3½ years, and I really thought that she was going to lick it.  She didn’t, and I must tell you that I think it sucks.

So, I want you to do me a favor.  Actually, I want you to do me three favors.

Favor #1. If you are a woman, always remember to examine your breasts regularly.  Examining your breasts monthly helps you to become familiar with how your breasts look and feel and that can help you detect any changes that may occur in your breasts. Many women naturally have some lumpiness – The key to the breast self-exam is to learn how to find changes in the breasts that persist over time.  For more information, check out the Breast Self-Exam section of the Susan G. Komen for the Cure web site.

Favor #2. Donate a contribution or volunteer your services to a breast cancer organization.

  • Help provide mammograms to people that cannot afford them.  Did you know that women across the country cannot afford mammograms because they lack insurance?  Contributions to the National Breast Cancer Foundation help provide free mammography services for these women, as well as to provide programs that increase the awareness of breast cancer through education.
  • Participate in a Susan G. Komen event.  There are a variety of events, from bowling to cooking to golfing and driving to raise money and awareness in the battle against breast cancer.  Check out the many events held all year.
  • Volunteer at a Brides Against Breast Cancer gown sale.  Brides Against Breast CancerTM”gown sales continue to be important fund-raising events for Making Memories. Their 30+ yearly shows provide brides-to-be with an opportunity to find their dream gown (at an incredible savings) while making wishes and dreams come true for women and men who are losing their fight against breast cancer.

Favor #3. Don’t take a single day for granted.  My fellow Montessori mama had a great smile. And, because I am a creature of habit, I got used to seeing that smile every morning in the carpool line – I took it for granted and assumed that I would see it tomorrow.  No matter how busy you are, always take a moment to do what you love, share a laugh with a friend, and enjoy every single day.

Love & Soul Always, Kay