January 2016: Take the 31 Day #iGoPinkChallenge

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This January join us and take the #iGoPinkChallenge! Complete the challenge of the day by making healthy choices with the help of the #iGoPinkChallenge January guide. On social media we will also share daily tips, recipes, and workouts – so be sure to follow us on Facebook and online!

Ready to take on the #iGoPinkChallenge? Click HERE to download the FREE iGoPinkChallenge January Guide.

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This January you can also join BCCA’s Jen by going Vegan! Take the #iGoVeganChallenge by eating a plant-based diet without meat or animal products. Click here to download the FREE #iGoVeganChallenge guide.

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Get Inspired and Involved!

1. Print and post the guide on the fridge, wall, office or a visible location that will remind you to keep on track! Complete the guide by checking off your daily challenge, writing down what you ate and drank, and documenting your workout.

2. Check in online! Share a picture or video with a description of what you ate, recipes, workouts and healthy tips on social media with hashtags #iGoPinkChallenge #iGoVeganChallenge and mention @iGoPink (Facebook and Twitter) or @_iGoPink (Instagram)! We will be announcing a winner every week who will receive an iGoPink bracelet and shirt PLUS we will share your post on our iGoPink social media accounts!

3. Check back daily! Follow us on social media and the iGoPink blog for more healthy tips, recipes, workouts and inspiration!

4. Subscribe to receive weekly emails! Get motivated and become part of the #iGoPinkChallenge group. Sign up here below:





4 No-Stress Thoughtful Last Minute Gifts

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We wish you and your family a Merry Christmas and Happy Holiday! Still Shopping? Here are 4 last minute gift ideas that make a difference.

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1. Shop Online

Avoid the crowds! Instead go online and give the gift of love, hope, time, and charity.

Click here to give a gift

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2. Send an eCard 

Honor a loved one AND send a personalized eCard this holiday season!

Send an eCard

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3. Pink 5K

Register yourself, Mom, sister, family member, friend, and loved ones for the Pink 5K!

The Pink 5K is on the Saturday before Mother’s Day (May 7) and would be a thoughtful gift for her – now available at Early Bird prices!

Sign Up Here

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4. Shop Amazon Smile 

When you shop at Amazon Smile, Amazon donates 0.5% of the purchase price to The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

Go to http://smile.amazon.com/ch/26-4602950 and support us every time you shop. Thank you for your support!

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Thank you for sharing your gifts this holiday season and helping the Breast Cancer Charities of America make a difference!

Through your generosity, we can continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Resources, Education, Survival, and Support. Have a happy holiday!

 



Become an iGoPink Fundraiser | Give the Gift of Charity

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How do I raise funds for iGoPink/The Breast Cancer Charities of America?

Thank you so much for helping BCCA raise funds to continue our program services and help patients with breast cancer!

You have the opportunity to create a team or raise funds individually to support patients with breast cancer. To get started raising funds online, we have shared tips on how to get the ball rolling and spread the news about your campaign. We are THRILLED that you have chosen to show your support and we will be here every step of the way to cheer you on!

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Getting Started Tips

 

1. Set Up Your Fundraising Page

It’s easy to get started and set up your personal or team fundraising page!

 

2. Personalize Your Fundraising Page

Let’s get personal! Update your online fundraising page to make it your own, to honor a friend or family member, and so that your page is easily recognizable to people that know you and your cause. You can add your own text, pictures, or even video!

Remember, potential donors will be interested in your cause, but they are primarily interested in YOU. Make sure you tell them why you are getting involved, what your connection is to iGoPink/BCCA, and how their donation will help support women with breast cancer – it doesn’t have to be long!

 

3. Self Donate To Your Page

Make a Donation to your OWN Page. Why? Friends, family and page visitors are more likely to donate to your page when they see that someone has already contributed. Donating some of your own money also demonstrates to potential campaign supporters that your are serious about helping the cause.

 

4. Update your Facebook profile to show your support!

Share your campaign with your friends, family and followers on Facebook! Simply choose the image or images you like, save the photo, and update your Facebook profile photos.

Idea: Take a group photo with your team, make and snap a picture of a homemade sign asking for support, create a photo collage of why YOU are raising funds for breast cancer, and so much more.

 

4. Share on Social

Now that you have updated your Facebook page photos, now it’s time to get social! Start fundraising through Facebook, Twitter, Instagram and your other social media accounts with these tips:

  • Share the news. Post an update that you are fundraising to support women with breast cancer! Be sure to share your fundraising page URL, explain why you are supporting the cause, share inspiring stories, and encourage your family and friends to donate.
  • Create a Facebook Event. Setup your own Facebook event page, invite your friends, and post updates on your progress! Learn how to create your own Facebook event by clicking here.
  • Tag Your Friends and Donors. Start on Facebook by tagging those that have already donated and thanking them for their donations. When you tag someone your post gets shared in your activity feed and the other person’s activity feed too. This also sets the frame that people are already donating to your page!
  • Set Goals. $200 by one week, $400 by two weeks, etc. Use your social media accounts to update followers on your progress towards each goal and ask for people to help you get over the next hurdle.
  • Consider Gifts. Offer your own gifts to friends and family who helped you reach your goal. Or provide a raffle or prizes for certain giving levels. It doesn’t have to be anything extravagant, just a token of your appreciation.

 

5. Individually Email 5-10 Closest To You

Ask family and friends for donations! Getting your “inner circle” to donate to your page will help you build up some momentum. It’s also good to start with the people you are most comfortable with. Don’t have their email? Send them a text!

Sample Email Fundraising Strategy:

  • Day 1 Email #1: Send 5-10 very close contacts (family and your closest friend or two).
  • Day 2 Email #2: Send to 10-15 close contacts (your entire circle of good friends).
  • Day 3 Email #3: Send to as many other contacts you feel comfortable sending a message to (co-workers, friends, friends of friends, distant relatives, your address book, etc.).

 

Thank you so much again for becoming an iGoPink Fundraiser! Remember to have fun and know that your all of your hard work is going to help support women battling breast cancer. Through the generosity of people like you, we can PRESS forward in the fight against breast cancer and continue our program services that focus on Prevention, Research, Education, Survival, and Support. Happy fundraising!



10 Days 10 Ways To Share Breast Cancer Awareness

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Can you believe that October is almost over? But, we still need your help! Here are 10 ways that you can share your support and awareness about breast cancer.

1) Follow us on Facebook!

Every day during the month of October, we are sharing important information about breast cancer, healthy tips, and motivational messages. “Like” our page, share the knowledge, and spread the news to your friends and family online about breast cancer!

Visit the iGoPink Facebook Page

2) Share your #PinkPose

Join together with your friends, family, co-workers, or team, like the Willis High School Ladycats, while wearing pink, take and share a photo on Facebook, Instagram or Twitter with the hashtag #PinkPose, and tag The Breast Cancer Charities of America.

Learn more about #PinkPose

Go Ladycats! The Willis High School Volleyball Team held an iGoPink Night and raised OVER $7000 this month!

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3) Understanding Breast Cancer

What are the symptoms? Can women and men get breast cancer? What should I ask my doctor? Am I putting myself at risk? Am I making healthy lifestyle choices and taking preventative steps? Educate yourself, your family and friends by visiting iGoPink.org

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4) Perform a Self Breast Exam

Once a month, every month, without fail, set aside 15 minutes to conduct a thorough breast self-examination. Female, Male, over or under the age of 50. This is an important step to take towards the early detection of breast cancer.

Download our FREE Self Breast Examination Card

5) Launch an Online Fundraiser

Start a fundraiser online to benefit BCCA and support women struggling with breast cancer!
Through our online system you can easily set up and personalize your own fundraising page, share the news by telling your friends and family, set goals, and even consider offering prizes or a raffle.

Start here

6) Host an Event

Host an event or fundraiser in your community to benefit iGoPink/BCCA! Organize an iGoPink Game Day, Bar-B-Q, Bingo Tournament, Bake Sale, Ladies Night, Barrel Race, and so much more!

Example: 5th Annual Turn for Ta’s Barrel Race

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Contact us at info@igopink.org

7) Give a Donation

Give a donation in honor of a survivor, loved one, and to help support women who are battling breast cancer. Your donation today makes a difference. Please join us in the fight against breast cancer!

Donate Here

8) Shop our Pink Partners!

Each of our Pink Partners is donating a percentage of sales to The Breast Cancer Charities of America! What better way than to shop AND donate at the same time?!

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9) Donate a Portion of Sales

Own a business? Want to get your organization involved and give back? Select a day, week, month, or event and donate a percentage of sales to The Breast Cancer Charities of America!

Contact us for ideas and Pink Partner Opportunities at info@igopink.org

10) Share this blog!

Spread the word and tell your friends, family, co-workers, and everyone on your contact list of how they can help during Breast Cancer Awareness Month!

Thank you for spreading awareness and helping us support women who are battling breast cancer!

 

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Fall Skin Care Tips and Sun Safety

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Just because summer is coming to an end, does not mean you stop protecting your skin! Soaking up some sun at a fall festival or simply taking a walk outside can help you to receive an essential dose of Vitamin D, but you still need to take precautions. Follow these tips to take care of your skin this fall – and in every season:

  • DO regularly receive 15-20 minutes of midday sun exposure, exposing as much of the skin as possible while being careful not to burn.
  • DO wear sunscreen. Sunny, Cloudly, Spring, Summer, Fall, and Winter – always! Wear sunscreen that is non-toxic and free of dyes, fragrance, and chemical irritants.  Tinted sunscreen is another product that protects your skin and which a touch of color.
  • DO wear a hat! The skin around your eyes and face is thinner than the rest of your body. Protect your skin by keeping your eyes shaded with a hat.
  • DON’T over expose your skin to the sun! Just because temperatures are lower, doesn’t mean you won’t burn or damage your skin. Too much sun speeds up your skin’s aging process and causes wrinkles, sun spots and damage. If you did soak up too much sun, Photofacials are a way to keep skin healthy and helps to remove sun spots or other pigmentation irregularities.
Have a fun and safe fall!
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Lychelle Jomsky
 is a member of The Breast Cancer Charities of America’s Advisory Board and a RN, Advanced Injector, and Senior Certified Laser Technician at Seychelles Med & Laser Spa in The Woodlands, Texas. Seychelles Med & Laser Spa’s mission is to provide the most advanced aesthetic and cosmetic procedures in a comfortable and relaxing setting. Seychelles uses the most advanced treatment techniques and equipment to maximize results and to ensure the safety of their clients. To learn more, visit SeychellesMedSpa.com


How I Survived Triple Negative Breast Cancer

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Written by Chiara D’Agostino, Breast Cancer Survivor and author of the Cancer Fashion Blog www.beautythroughthebeast.com 

I found the lump on my birthday, October 25th, 2014. It wasn’t a happy 43rd. August 2014 I had my routine mammogram and a week later the letter from the hospital arrived; everything was “normal.” Apparently, I have dense tissue in my breasts so the mammogram didn’t detect the lump. (Ladies, if you have dense tissue in your breasts – ask your radiologist – don’t stop at just a mammogram!) As soon as I felt it, I knew the mass didn’t belong in my body; fear enveloped me.

A mammogram, an ultrasound, an MRI, a chest and abdomen CT scan, a bone scan and a few biopsies later, I received the diagnosis of triple negative breast cancer, stage three. Triple negative means my cancer is not fueled by any hormones: estrogen receptors, progesterone receptors or human epidermal growth factor receptor 2 (HER2); it is fast growing and has a higher percentage of reoccurring in other parts of my body.

The thread throughout my cancer diagnosis was fear. It gripped me tightly in its hands and whirled me around until I was dizzy and exhausted. I felt alone in my terror; friends and family would try and ease the pain by saying “There’s a cure!” “Breast cancer is the best kind of cancer to have!” and “You’ll be fine, my sister/cousin/hairdresser had it and she survived!” I politely nodded my head, thinking to myself, “You’re not God, you don’t know if I will be that small percentage of women that die from breast cancer – it happens!” I was being realistic. I wanted my fear to be acknowledged; I longed to be heard, and held, not patronized.

The steps I took that got me through my cancer diagnosis and treatment:

  • I clearly asked for what I wanted, whether it was lentil soup, a foot massage, silently being held on the couch or phone calls from friends; I didn’t assume people knew what I wanted.
  • I was my own health advocate, making the necessary phone calls to my insurance and doctors: I scheduled many appointments, second and sometimes third opinions.
  • I accepted offers from friends, family and acquaintances for accompaniment to appointments; if no one offered, I asked. Even if it was a simple test I could clearly go to by myself, I needed their company to distract me from my catastrophic thinking.
  • I got a copy of every medical report, scan, test, x-ray, etc. that was done to me. I made sure I understood what was happening, asking my doctor questions along the way.
  • I kept a diary of all of my appointments; what was done, where, and who was the ordering doctor.
  • During chemo, I relied heavily on the nurses – they provide all the caring and a wealth of knowledge and tips.
  • I threw cancer parties: a “Fuck Cancer” party after I received my diagnosis, and a “Boob-bye” party the night before my mastectomy. I’m the kind of person that needs support from my friends, so I made it happen.
  • I wore my natural looking wig when I wanted, and replaced it with hats towards the end; the wig was annoying. I did have fun at one point and bought an array of different colored wigs: I felt like a rock star when I wore them and got many compliments.
  • I posted on Facebook (that’s my way of communicating to many people, but there’s also www.caringbridge.org) that I encouraged phone calls and visits, and then I received them – that made me happy.
  • I made sure to get out every day, whether to run an errand, have a meal with a friend or see a movie with one, getting out and hearing people talk about their lives was refreshing.
  • I watched a lot of television, which is unnatural for me. It took my mind off of myself, and during chemo, it helped me to relax; I stuck to comedy and romance.
  • I watched Kris Carr’s Crazy Sexy Cancer It scared me, but it also made me feel like I am not alone.
  • I spoke to other survivors I knew and met up with them for coffee. When I felt overwhelmed, I took a break.
  • I made my cancer accessible: I answered people’s questions about my health and diagnosis then I’d change the subject.
  • I bought several breast cancer books and flipped through them, with a friend, when I had a specific question; reading them alone was too scary.
  • I joined Facebook groups for triple negative breast cancer and the likes, and when I got overwhelmed or scared, I stopped reading the posts.
  • I limited googling information about my type of cancer.
  • I brought the same friend with me to each important appointment; she took notes and learned the breast cancer vocabulary alongside me. I turned to her during my decision-making process.
  • I called a cancer support hotline in New York City, SHARE, and spoke at length to a survivor on the phone. I was relieved – I finally felt heard, understood and supported! I keep in close contact with SHARE and still go to their cancer support groups.
    • Cancer support groups are monumental in my recovery: I learn a lot from the facilitators and the survivors, and I can speak my mind in a safe environment, where I am unconditionally loved and understood.
    • I was afraid to attend support groups for fear of hearing horror stories. When I was ready, I gave it a try. I listened to each woman and learned, reminding myself that every woman is different and her story will not necessarily be mine.
    • I attended breast cancer support groups in various different locations, and only returned to those that have a well-trained facilitator; some are too big or disorganized.
  • I found a local, reputable hospital that offers free classes to cancer patients and attended their weekly Mindful Meditation class, Stress Management class, Art Therapy class and Chi Gong class. I could relate to the people and I benefitted from learning techniques to relax my body and mind.
  • I attended weekly therapy sessions with my therapist, sometimes more than once a week.
  • I spoke to the oncology social worker at my hospital as often as needed.
  • I saw a psychiatrist and got on anti-depressants and anti-anxiety pills; at first I felt ashamed, but once the pills took effect, I was relieved.
  • I cried when I felt like it – for me, it came out all at once when I arrived home from the hospital, post-mastectomy: a breakdown.
  • I visited a holistic healer weekly, the energy healing was nurturing. I yearned for healing hands on my body, not those that poked or prodded me.
  • I got massages or facials regularly. At the time, someone was helping me financially, but massage and Reiki can be found free for cancer patients at your hospital.
  • I rested when I was tired, sleeping as much as needed, guilt-free.
  • I accepted help and asked for it when wanted (not just needed.)
  • I aimed to walk an hour a day; it felt therapeutic to breathe fresh air and circulate the blood in my body.
  • I drank a lot of Fiji water.
  • I ate healthy- lots of protein, greens and fruit, limited sugar and dairy intake.
  • I posted on Facebook that I wanted soup, and got containers of delicious homemade soups delivered to my door for weeks!
  • I learned which family, friends and acquaintances are there for me and which aren’t. I was shocked in both good and bad ways, accepting the results.
  • I did a lot of journaling.
  • I created a cancer fashion blog, beautythroughthebeast.com and blog regularly.
  • I’m now giving back and reaching out to women who are being diagnosed.
  • I surround my self with positive affirmations.
  • I rid myself of toxic people and environments.
  • When I want to do something and hear a doubting voice in my head, I take action anyway! Today, I go for it. I don’t know what tomorrow will bring, so I make the most of today.

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Share Your #iGoPinkHealth Tips!

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Share your tips with us on how you make healthy choices and take steps to prevent, battle, and survive cancer!

STEP 1: SUBMIT a photo and add a description below
OR use the #iGoPinkHealth hashtag and tag us when posting a photo on Instagram or Twitter.
STEP 2: SHARE your entry with your friends and ask them to VOTE for you daily!
STEP 3: Every TUESDAY we will announce the winner who will win an iGoPink prize on our Facebook page!



A Great Pink Treat!

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Raspberry Frozen Yogurt

Ingredients

  • 2 cups vanilla low-fat yogurt
  • 1/2 cup whole milk
  • 1/4 cup sugar
  • 1 (10-ounce) package frozen raspberries in light syrup, thawed
  • Fresh raspberries (optional)

Preparation

  • Combine first 3 ingredients in a large bowl; stir until sugar dissolves.
  • Place thawed raspberries in a blender; process until smooth. Strain puree through a fine sieve over a bowl. Discard seeds. Add puree to yogurt mixture.
  • Pour raspberry mixture into the freezer can of an ice-cream freezer; freeze according to manufacturer’s instructions. Spoon into a freezer-safe container; cover and freeze 1 hour or until firm. Garnish with fresh raspberries, if desired.

Nicole Baker, Cooking Light
SEPTEMBER 2007

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Think Pink Tip of the Week: Breast Cancer in Men

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When people think about the term “breast cancer” many times they associate it with women. Although women are ten times more likely to get breast cancer than men, there are still cases in which men contract breast cancer.  The most obvious difference in women and men is the size of the breast tissue. Men have less breast tissue and therefore it is much easier to diagnose a lump in a man’s breast. However, men are much less aware of the symptoms of breast cancer and are therefore less likely to seek help. Also, because men do not have much breast tissue, the cancer does not have to grow very far to reach the skin covering the breast or the muscles underneath. This allows the cancer to often times spread beyond the breast. Because mammograms are part of a woman’s wellness exam, women are often checked for breast cancer more often. Men, on the other hand, are often embarrassed to ask for these tests because they are associated with feminity. Sometimes genetic testing can also check for breast cancer in men by finding out if they carry the BRCA mutation gene. If they have a family history of cancer, this can be helpful in finding out if the cancer gene is present. Nevertheless, these tests can be expensive and should not be performed if there is no reason for suspicion. The most important thing to remember is that if you are a man or you know a man who is afraid to go see a doctor after finding a lump, please seek medical help. You will find out that there are more men out there with the same problem. There is no reason to be ashamed of the diagnosis. It is much more important that you stay alive!



Think Pink Tip of the Week: Advice for women regarding breast cancer

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After shepherding her mother through breast-cancer diagnosis and treatment, Dr. Tracy Halme has this advice for women:

— Women at high risk for breast cancer (due to factors such as family history and genetic predisposition) should be screened annually with mammography and MRI imaging, which is more expensive but also a more sensitive test. If you have a mother or sister who had breast cancer, you should begin screening 10 years before their age of diagnosis.

— The risk of breast cancer increases with age. Most cases are diagnosed in women over 50, causing some experts to say that if a woman has no other risk factors, annual mammograms aren’t needed until that age. Halme and other experts, including the American Cancer Society, however, strongly recommend annual mammograms for all women beginning at age 40.

— If you’ve lost your job or health benefits, check with your screening center to see if they can provide a free or low-cost mammogram. “We’ve seen this a lot in the last year. There are sometimes county funds or grants available to cover the cost. It’s worth a call,” Halme says.

— Don’t assume you’re going to lose your hair. Halme says, “As long as the tumor isn’t aggressive, most postmenopausal women like my mother won’t need chemotherapy or radiation.”
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