That’s the headline in PODER Magazine’s online article about my foundation. Powerful words and so true! I can still see my mother doing the “arañita” (spider crawl) exercises after she had her mastectomy. She’d be in pain and still had the courage to lean her arms against a wall and crawl her fingers up, slowly, like a spider until she could go no further. I’d watch her and want to cry because of the pain she was going through but I’d smile and say, “Good job Mami!” until she had to do them again, hours later.
It’s been 8 years since her surgery and she is cancer-free. Yes, she is the third generation of my family to survive this disease. My Great-Grandmother, Grandmother and Mother all had it and, miraculously, survived. My grandmother had it at 48 and lived to be almost 97! They are all featured in an interview that Barbara Palacios, of AOL Latino did of me.
It’s a Spanish language interview to raise awareness about me and the foundation and to tell women how important it is to get early detection.
This month, breast cancer awareness month, I try to do as much as possible to spread the word on how important it is to get early detection, do breast self-examination and lead a life that includes a healthy diet and exercise. My friend, Rhonda Smith, of Breast Cancer Partner, an online site and blog that is constantly offering advice on diet and self care for breast cancer survivors.
Tomorrow morning, Oct. 9, I will be participating in the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer Walk in Downtown Miami. I will proudly wear a pink bandeau over my breasts and sew some Badges of Courage on them to commiserate with my fellow women. Women who are courageous, gutsy, humble, strong, survivors, and soooooooo beautiful!
The DASH (Design and Architecture Senior High) Seniors in Fashion Design are each designing a Badge of Courage! After seeing the beautiful and creative work they produce, I cannot wait to see the marvelous badges they will come up with! As soon as I receive them, I will post the photos!