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A little over three years ago, Susan G. Komen for the Cure® proudly launched a new platform known as the Circle of Promise—a movement dedicated to further engaging black women around the globe in the fight against breast cancer. Since that time, Circle of Promise has grown, with more than 100,000 women and men raising their hands and taking action in the fight against breast cancer. In that 100,000, you’ll find a powerful list of women. Here, some of them share their stories and experiences with the one thing they are united to fight against—breast cancer
I always saw it as a blessing and a curse that I never saw the face of death until I was 22 years old when my grandmother died. I recalled having nightmares as a teenager that my mother died. I wasn’t expecting to hear less than a year after losing her mother that there was a threat I could lose my own too.
When you think of breast cancer, you never think it will happen to you or a loved one—until it does. How something so surreal, in the quick blink of an eye, becomes reality.
At the young age of 35, my mom was diagnosed with stage four breast cancer; my little sister and I were only four and eleven at the time.
Breast cancer is the most common type of cancer among American women. In 2007, more than 200,000 women in the United States were diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 women died from the disease, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention. Although the occurrence of breast cancer in African American women is generally lower than that in Caucasian women, black women are more likely to die from the disease than any other racial group
“No other women will go through this,” was the promise Kristi Dawson made to her late grandmother who had breast cancer and did not have the adequate amount of health coverage needed to help her. Since she made that promise, Dawson, a Chicago native, has been working hard to fulfill it through her organization Love Yourself First, Inc., and the annual “Pink Party” fundraiser she hosts in support of breast cancer awareness.
GlossMagazineOnline (GMO) has been invited to partner with the Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation for the Bank of America Marathon taking place on Sunday, October 9, 2011.
While enjoying a weekend this summer with an old high school friend who was staying with me, I asked her if she wanted to go to the gym. Many friends of mine are eager to take advantage of being a guest at my gym, so I kept my fingers crossed that that she would shout YES at the top of her lungs and start doing cartwheels. I was lacking cardio that weekend. I hadn’t worked out in many days and had been filling my body with all sorts of crap. It was time to sweat a little and grab a handful of endorphins. Please say yes.