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An Important To-Do This October

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s a very important time of year and the message deserves center stage. However — many people tune it out. Myself included. It’s very easy to glaze over when the pink ribbons pop out year after year. Saying that though, for anyone going through treatment for cancer, this can be a tough time for them.

We should remember that 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime, but I know that getting a productive person to give up part of her day for screening might require a little more convincing.

Don’t think you’ve got enough time to screen yourself? See how many of the items below you have on your to-do list this week.

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A List Can Save Your Life

Turns out making a list can do a lot more than just help you remember to pick up milk from the grocery store. When I first started this blog I got a comment on one of my posts from a family friend. She mentioned that having a list actually saved her life. Yep – you heard me right. The act of writing something down reminded her to do something crucial, which prolonged her life. Amazing right!

Checklists and Your Health

The comment was from a woman named Kate — who is a mother of three and a full-time teacher. She’s constantly running here and there between her children, husband, work and personal life. But it was a to-do list that stopped her for a moment and reminded her to make her annual doctor’s appointments.

Because of that list – doctors found a precancerous breast condition. She was able to take precautionary measures to reduce her chances of developing advanced breast cancer later in life. She told me that checking off “make doctor’s appointment” from her to-do list – saved her life. The power of a simple list is amazing — it’s no wonder that doctors use them too. Read more