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Blogging, Branding and Boobs in Vegas

Last weekend I drove the six-ish hours to Vegas to attend one of my favorite blogging conferences, Bloggy Boot Camp, for the third time. I've been to ones in San Francisco and San Diego before…I always meet really interesting people and learn a ton. This time around I learned about streamlining work habits, branding, working with sponsors and boobs in Vegas!

Ford Warriors in Pink

One of the blog sponsors was Ford Warriors in Pink. They screened their incredible “Bang the Drum” documentary about courageous men and women survivors of breast cancer, which really portrays the experience of being diagnosed with – and overcoming – cancer. “Everything I read gave me a less than 50% chance of being alive in five years,” said one of the survivors. “The biggest thing I learned: I am not alone.”

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Tina: A Model of Courage

I had the opportunity to hear Tina Herold of imwiggedout.com speak about her personal experience, and her story is one of the most moving I've ever heard. She is definitely a model of courage. She's one of the Ford Warriors in Pink ambassadors, a six year survivor. She had zero risk factors but happened to find a lump one day in the shower. She went to three different experts who all told her she was too young to have breast cancer and was fine, but she insisted on further testing even after the initial mammogram came back clear. An ultrasound finally revealed the cancer up towards her collarbone, to the shock of all the experts around her. When asked what made her keep pushing for further testing, she explained that she simply KNEW something wasn't right. “I'll do anything to reaise my little girls,” she said. And she did: she underwent intensive treatment for years and kicked cancer's butt!

I learned a ton about boobs in Vegas that day, including some of these surprising facts:

  • Mammograms only detect 80% of cancer, and patients have to insist on further testing if they suspect something isn't right. The next steps are an ultrasound and then a breast MRI.
  • Breast tissue goes all the way up to the collarbone, and mammograms don't always go up that far.
  • Men get breast cancer.
  • 90% of breast cancer is survivable if caught early.
  • What is really deadly about breast cancer is its ability to move to other organs.
  • Top prevention tips include self-examination, getting Vitamin D levels tested, and keeping your weight down.
  • If you are ever in the position of possible having breast cancer, have someone come with you to the doctor to help take notes. Also, ask for a thryoid guard when you get a mammogram to about radiation exposure to your thyroid.

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I got to check out some of the Ford Warriors in Pink apparel and was sent home from the conference with one of the scarves from the line. I've been ALL about scarves lately, trying to jazz up my outfits and extend my summer maternity clothes just a little bit longer until this baby comes!

About the Program

This October, Ford Warriors in Pink® has launched its first ever produced documentary, “Bang the Drum: Living Out Loud in the Face of Breast Cancer.” The film honors 11 men and women breast cancer survivors who have demonstrated strength and courage in their battle with its “Models of Courage” program. 2012 marks Ford Motor Company’s 18th year of support for the breast cancer cause. In that time, Ford has dedicated more than $115 million to the breast cancer cause.

You too can get involved in this tremendously worthy program! When you buy Ford Warriors in Pink apparel at fordcares.com, 100 percent of the net proceeds go directly to support breast cancer awareness all year long.

To keep connected, be sure to check out Ford Warriors in Pink on Facebook and follow @WarriorsinPink on Twitter.

This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ford Warriors in Pink. The opinions and text are all mine.