Wednesday, October 13, 2010

Write Pink!: Prevention, Christine's Story

Welcome to Write Pink! From the Head, Heart and Feet: Prevention Week. This week we're focusing on the action part {hence, feet} of breast cancer awareness -- what we can all do to lesson our chances of developing breast cancer.

Christine is sharing with us the benefits of mental health in regard to breast cancer prevention. I hope you'll show her some love for sharing her eloquent thoughts.


She Gives

Her body a vessel of love
Forgetting herself
She brings forth new life
She gives of herself.

Feels the weight of the world
Nurtures and influences
Cares and nourishes
She gives of herself.

Suffers in silence
Under a blanket of burdens
Presents a happy front
She gives of herself.

She works, she delivers
Steadfast, her quest for success
Always moving, spinning
She gives of herself.

She forgets, in her giving
Loses her sense of balance
Stress envelopes and consumes
She forgets herself.

Move forward, new directions
Cultivate her self-worth
Uncover and step forward
She must take care of herself.

The path to good health
Winding and pressing
Connected to mind and to body
She must love herself

Remember, part of breast cancer prevention is good mental health and reduced stress. Take care of your mind, and it will take care of your body.

Additionally, Army of Women announced a need for women to sign up for a study researching the effects of yoga and how it relates to immune function and mood in breast-cancer survivors.
If you'd like to be part of this study or any study to help about breast cancer research, join the army today. {If you join, be sure to send your registration email to Melissa for a chance to win a bamboo viscose special edition women's T shirt from Lil Bloo Boo!}

Christine blogs at Coffees & Commutes. She writes about surviving life as a full-time working mom.

Remember, tomorrow's the day to link up your Bigger Picture Moment about breast cancer prevention. {Blog or Facebook notes both work!}

By linking up, you will automatically be entered to win a set of four special edition glass straws from Strawesome.

By commenting on any one of the prevention posts, including Monday's and Tuesday's, you will automatically be entered into a drawing to win Breast Cancer Scientist T shirt {adult or child-sized} from
Pigtail Pals.

And to get you thinking ...

How do you relieve stress? What do you do to keep your life outlook positive?

17 comments:

  1. That was beautiful, Christine. Your words always leave me thinking and feeling and digging deeper.

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  2. Christine, this was absolutely gorgeous, and so very emotional. Thank you...

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  3. You put it into works perfectly how a mother does give and give and forgets to take care of herself.

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  4. Lovely poem! I know I'm sometimes guilty of neglecting my mental health.

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  5. Christine, your post was beautiful. Thank you for sharing.

    To relieve stress, I curl up on my couch with a blanket, a good book, and a cup of something warm to drink (coffee, tea, hot chocolate).

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  6. Christine--just wow. Thank you for these beautiful words, permeating my orb.

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  7. Beautiful, C. A wonderful reminder to women and mothers, not only for breast cancer awareness, but for all emotional and mental health.

    Thanks, Hyacynth, for hosting this terrific event.

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  8. A big applause over here for this piece, Christine.
    Wonderfully written.

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  9. Christine, I adored this. Your words are deep and are a gift.

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  10. What a powerful message, Christine. I need to print this out and post it somewhere as a daily reminder of what's important.

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  11. Wow Christine - that took my breath away. You're right, sometimes we're too busy taking care of others to take care of ourselves. But we absolutely must. We owe our family and ourselves that too.

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  12. Oh, what a beautiful view into our responsibilities! We DO give so much of ourselves that it's hard to get it back. Thanks for this reminder to go easy on ourselves and our sanity.

    I try to relieve stress by reading at night before bed. By leaving the dishes in the sink and the laundry in the basket. By having looooong talks with my husband.

    Thanks, Christine :)

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  13. In addition to writing beautiful prose, you also write beautiful poetry? WOw. It's a gift. I hope writing continues to help you on your quest for better health.

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  14. Christine, you have a way with words. Your let it all out and I know it isn't a cure but it must help to be able to let go, let some of the burden fall away. I am sorry you are going through this my friend. Hugs.

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  15. Lovely Christine. Your words elevate.

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  16. Helpful blog, bookmarked the website with hopes to read more!

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AND will you pretty please have your email linked to your account or leave it for me so I can respond?

Thanks for taking the time to make these thoughts into conversation.

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