Yoga, Yogurt and Yip Yap
Breast cancer is the second most common form of cancer in women after skin cancer (CDC, 2016). As per current statistics, about 1 in 8 U.S. women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of her lifetime. Breast cancer causes more deaths in women than any other kind of cancer. Early detection is the key to successful treatment. Thus, it is imperative for women to know about the screening options available, the risk factors involved and the symptoms of breast cancer.
To participate in the annual campaign to increase awareness about breast cancer, Disability Services hosted the event entitled Yoga, Yogurt and Yip Yap in collaboration with I Will Survive, Inc. on Thursday, October 20, 2016. The event began with a yoga session which helped participants stretch, unwind and revitalize.
After the yoga session, three breast cancer survivors from I Will Survive, Inc. honored attendees with their presence. The survivors shared their advice and their personal journeys fighting breast cancer. The survivors strongly advised attendees, particularly women, to “become experts of their own bodies.” One of the survivors emphasized that it is vital for women to pay attention to their bodies, so that they can detect the warning signs and symptoms early. Additionally, a common theme among the survivors’ personal stories was the devastating physical effects of the condition. These survivors shared that their fingernails darkened. In addition, they could not eat the sugary foods they once loved and had to pay attention to anything that went into their bodies. Hence, they expressed a sense of hypervigilance about the disease and the consequences of their everyday actions. Breast cancer affected them, their family and loved ones. The event concluded with attendees and speakers eating refreshing yogurt as they continued their discussion about breast cancer.
The stories shared by the speakers appeared to inspire and help attendees better understand breast cancer as well as lifestyle choices that could help reduce their risk of developing it. More information about breast cancer as well as ways to donate or volunteer can be found at I Will Survive, Inc.