EMPOWERING WOMEN THROUGH BREAST CANCER EDUCATION & ADVOCACY.
"I don't believe women are educated enough on breast cancer. I always thought, 'No! This could never happen to me!' But once I was diagnosed, I learned that breast cancer is effecting more women than I ever realized."
"My doctor told me I was too young to have breast cancer, and I was 42-years old! But then I met this young girl and began to recognize that every generation, those effected by breast cancer are becoming younger and younger."
- Be aware. Understand your risk levels by researching your family's medical history. If you have a female relative - especially a mother, sister or aunt - who has battled breast cancer, you are at a greater risk. Women in this category should place a greater emphasis on living the healthiest lifestyle possible. Things like smoking, excessive weight gain and lack of exercise can increase your risk even more.
- Be your own advocate. Ronda was diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer only after she pled with her doctor for testing. Three mammograms showed nothing, but she knew her own body, trusted her instincts and insisted on a biopsy. The biopsy came back positive for breast cancer and her radiology treatments began almost immediately. Early detection may have saved Ronda's life, so her most important piece of advice to women everywhere: "Listen to your body."
- Build a support system. Anytime you visit the doctor with concerns, take someone with you. Ronda had her husband by her side when she was diagnosed and she is so thankful for having that support. Ronda also joined various support groups. "Spending time with other women who understand what you're going through makes it easier."
- Stay positive. Easier said than done, right? Ronda accomplishes this by remembering that catching her cancer early allowed her to beat it, move forward in life, and have the opportunity to tell her story and help other women who need support. "I don't think there is enough awareness out there about breast cancer. There is definitely more awareness now than when I was diagnosed a year ago, but I wish more women would talk about it."
Ronda is about to celebrate her one-year, CANCER FREE, mark on October 9th and the whole R. Riveter family is so thankful for her! In support of Ronda's milestone, and all women who have battled breast cancer, R. Riveter is currently donating 10% of all Signature Grant and Signature Hobby sales to The Breast Cancer Fund. As a THANK YOU to our customers who purchase one of these bags during the month of October, they will receive a PINK support tag with their bag.
Story by: Kellie Gunderman
Photography Courtesy of Laura Vien & Ronda S.