Breast Cancer Awareness

October is the month..

It is breast cancer awareness month. I know this disease and this month especially is one where you are bombarded with info about this diagnosis. I don’t want to make you feel that way. But what I think we all fail to realize is just how serious and scary this whole diagnosis could be. Until you hear those words, or someone close to you hears them. You don’t comprehend just how much it can change your life. Some of us think that we are invincible, or at least do not think about the implications that could arise in our lives, should this happen.

I am going to be that person and tell you to take a second to appreciate just how lucky you are.

If you have never been through or know of someone close who has gone through any cancer diagnosis. Not only does it change how things are right now with having to go through various treatments. But it can change your life in the long term as your body will forever know what it underwent – in the days of trying to wipe out the ever horrid C word. I have had one parent go through cancer, and the other through a terrible scare. It is not fun and so I take any opportunity to shout from the rooftops about breast cancer awareness (and all other kinds too)!

I wanted to take the time today to help you!

The amount of publicity around breast cancer in this month can actually make you purposefully look the other way. It is almost a bit of rebellion that we experience because it all feels overdone. I promise you it isn’t overdone. If anything, we do not know enough about most diseases out there! The best way to ensure a healthy life is to always be ahead of any diagnosis.

Here are ways you can be ahead of this one, ways you can check for yourself and know should anything feel odd:

Puckering of the skin of the breast

Lump in the breast or armpit

One breast unusually lower than the other

Increase or shrinkage in size

Change in the skin around the nipple

Unusual swelling in the armpit

Dimpling or retraction of the nipple

If you want more info please log onto or even better, get to your doctor! Only your doctor can tell you what is really going on. It is so easy to put off appointments and checkups but nothing beats being ahead of the game.

Breast cancer (or any cancer) is not a death sentence if you catch it early enough. So let’s get even more in touch with your body and spread the word.

Until next time lovelies



Isilda Da Costa is a personal trainer and women’s fitness specialist who, if she isn’t at the gym training, is busy researching the most up to date information for growing those muscles. She has combined her love of everything healthy by being a health coach in her own health shop in Swaziland. Follow along on @izzy.healthandfitness

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