January 27, 2011 20 Comments
What the? Is probably what you are thinking and you may be right… I have been watching #boobiewednesday happen on Twitter for many months now wondering if I will ever have the courage to join in. Breast cancer awareness is a cause I have championed for many many years.
So why this Wednesday and what has changed in me to make me plaster my boobs all over the twitter feed, because yes non Twitter pals, yesterday I changed my Avatar on twitter to a picture on my boobs, wearing a very fetching bra of course and tweeted the message #boobiewednesday check your breasts for lumps #kickcancer as often as I could.
Well it starts here, at 18 I found a lump in my breast and had to have it removed, I was lucky it was benign but it took weeks and weeks of waiting and surgery for them find that out and a lot of stress and heartache. I have checked my breasts regularly ever since.
A while before the small people arrived I worked for a company who’s Managing Director’s wife had fought and subsequently lost her fight with cancer, she was an inspirational strong woman who I admire greatly, you may have seen her on The Mummy Diaries, she died on the day the last program was aired and although I hadn’t seen her for several years I cried my heart out for her loss. A very special lady who fought hard and raised thousands of pounds for a worthy cause. For two years in a row I joined her and hundreds of other women on the Race for Life and yesterday I realised that now is the time to start thinking about joining in again this year, stamping my foot down on the pavement for a cause I care about. So along with the “check your boobs” call yesterday I asked “Who wants to join me on the Race for Life this year?” I had one or two replies, twitter is world wide and geography is a bitch. But I think I will do it on my own if I have to this year…
So rightly or wrongly, I changed my “avi” and put the word out, I know me… without that I won’t do it, it will slip away and I shall get to June and be upset because I didn’t motivate myself to take action.
Twitter reaction was fabulous, 700 followers is a fair amount and a lot of people asked why I’d done it (and were mostly pleased to hear that it was just for one day!) which allowed me to tweet back the message and keep it current and yes I have changed back to my normal picture today and I’m pleased I did it.
We need to kick all kinds of cancer, check your boobs ladies and your bits men, catch it early.
Sadly yesterday I got unfollowed by someone I respect and always enjoyed tweeting with, if that is because of the boobs that is very regrettable but I stand by my choice to stand up and be counted on a cause I care about. If not, well I can be a bit full on and probably pretty annoying, I apologise if I was out of line somehow but I respect her choice not to follow me, but I’m saddened all the same.