Check Your Headlights & Win a $500 Shopping Spree! #GoDaddyCares

1 in 8 women are diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their lives. I don’t know about you, but that number scares me. Especially because I have had a relative who had breast cancer.

aunt grandma graduateMy great-aunt, Justin, me & my grandma at my high school graduation

When I was just around three years old {Shane’s current age}, my grandmother was diagnosed with not one but two types of breast cancer. When she had originally gone in for a small lump, they found that while it was cancerous, it wasn’t spreading. It was a carcinoma in situ, an early form of cancer that if left untreated for a long time CAN spread, but may not. Unfortunately, when they found that one, they also found a second type- and this one was spreading. Fast.

My Grandmother had a radical mastectomy, where they removed her breast, underlying chest tissue and lymph nodes. With some amazing luck, they managed to get all of the cancer out and she didn’t have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation. She did, however, have to take a pill every day for the rest of her life. That said, she lived for almost twenty years after that, and it never came back. {Pneumonia took her at age 86.}

sister grandmaMe, my grandma & my sister {ignore the eyeliner.. I was in high school.}

I’m sure my story sounds familiar to most of you- since 1 in 8 women are diagnosed, that means almost all of us know someone who was. Whether it was your grandmother, your aunt, your mom, your friend, or even you, breast cancer has very likely touched your life. &If it hasn’t yet, sadly, it probably will.

Since having a relative with breast cancer puts me at an even higher risk for breast cancer {and even MORE so since my grandmother had it in both breasts}, I need to start being very consistent about doing a self-exam every month. I have only done it a few times in the past because I wasn’t really sure I was doing it right. If you aren’t doing self-exams yet either, I challenge you to start with me! Pick a day that you’ll check every month- something easy to remember. I am going to start checking on the days when I have my asthma medication refilled since that is every 30 days. If you don’t know where to start, check out the handy graphic below for some tips. Hopefully it encourages some of you to start doing self-exams!

Breast Self Exam Tips

I love October because it’s Breast Cancer Awareness month, and lots of companies take a moment to remind us all of how important it is for us to catch this horrible disease early. Go Daddy is one of those wonderful awareness raising companies- they have their race car driver, Danica Patrick, driving a hot pink car this month instead of her usual neon green one! They’re also offering a great deal on domains, websites and more if you use the code "STRENGTH". In addition, they want to encourage you to "check your headlights" by offering up a shopping spree to someone who is taking an active role in their health!

Go Daddy would love to know your tip for reminding yourself to check your headlights and is giving away a $500 shopping spree to one lucky person who also registers for their newsletter!

How to enter:

1) Leave a comment below, sharing how you remind yourself to check your headlights
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This is a sponsored conversation written by me on behalf of Go Daddy. The opinions and text are all mine. Official Sweepstakes Rules.

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