Tuesday, October 31, 2017

Black & Blue + Talking About Breast Cancer Awareness


Jacket (wearing size S) | Tee | Jeans (wearing size 25) | Booties (old, similar style here & here) | Handbag ℅ | Bracelets ℅ | Earrings ℅ Sunglasses 

Happy Halloween, friends! Did you do anything festive to celebrate? Our weekend was spent cheering on the Houston Astros in the World Series. Can we talk about Sunday nights game - I seriously stayed up anxiously watching until 1am! Needless to say I was exhausted yesterday, but it was so worth it. If you know me, you know I'm not a huge baseball fan, but it is hard to not get excited and involved, especially after the heartache our city endured from Harvey. I am so hopeful that we win tonight and can bring that trophy home to Houston. Fingers crossed!  

Although October is officially coming to an end, I wanted to take a few minutes to talk about something the month is known for, which is Breast Cancer Awareness. Cancer is a disease that has affected my family greatly, and I always think it's important to make your health your #1 priority. 

If you follow me on Instagram, you may may have caught my stories last week when I talked about how I had just seen my OBGYN for my yearly physical. While I was there, she asked if I would like to be tested for the BRCA gene. I actually hadn't heard anything about BRCA testing until a few years ago when Angelina Jolie publicized it. For those of you that don't know, the BRCA gene test is a blood test that you can take which helps you know your chances of getting breast cancer and ovarian cancer.  

I was surprised by was how easy it was (just some blood drawing), and that most insurances cover most, if not all of the cost. The results take about six weeks for you to get back, but I recently saw that there are some third party companies that also offer the testing, and you can simply do it in your own home and then send it out. 

I debated posting about it because it is something that is personal, private, and I didn't want to seem preachy. I also may be a little too sensitive sometimes, and wonder how personal you all want me to get, or if you just want to see picture perfect fashion! haha! Kidding aside, I was shocked and touched by how many people messaged me and thanked me for bringing up BRCA testing on my Instagram. Many of them mentioned that they had been touched by cancer, or that their mom or sister had found a lump, and how great they thought it was that I was open and sharing about it. 

 I am definitely not an expert (and don't claim to be), but I wanted to share with you what my experience was like, in hopes to open the door for you into further research and discussion. Knowledge is power.  

Designer Elaine Turner is donating 20% of the proceeds from my pink beaded jade bracelets to benefit the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Their mission is to provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support services. Through partner and donor support, NBCF provides free mammograms across the country.

Photos by LA Photography

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