Owed to Rosie

You never know what is going to make a difference in your life or in the life of another person. When I was in my twenties I used to watch the Rosie O’Donnell Show every day. I loved her humor and it was something I really looked forward to. I even bought a Rosie O’Donnell doll. Remember those?

One thing that made an impression on me while that show was on the air was Rosie’s commitment to breast cancer awareness. Her mother died of breast cancer at a young age, leaving Rosie and her four siblings motherless when Rosie was just ten years old. Rosie has said that she turned to television to deal with her grief. It became her companion and friend. Rosie’s interest in television turned into a thriving career in entertainment that eventually landed her a syndicated daytime variety show, The Rosie O’Donnell Show. Rosie took the opportunity to use her show to get the message out about early detection by encouraging women to perform breast self-examination and to get mammograms.

Because of her show and her message I started performing breast self-exams. As a result, I became aware of a change that occurred in my own breast. After following up this finding with a clinical exam, mammogram and then biopsy it was determined that I had discovered my own breast cancer.

I know she has had some controversial years since that show was on the air, but I’d like to thank Rosie O’Donnell for her early commitment to breast cancer awareness and for taking part in saving my life! And for all the times she made me laugh, too.

Perhaps you would like to take a moment to possibly make a difference in someone else’s life by inviting your friends and family to join Breast Investigators. They will gain access to valuable information that will help put them in control of their breast health. Those simple clicks could make a difference in the life of another person and maybe one day they will be thanking you.

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