Just Do The Damn Thing.

My friend, Tracy, was diagnosed with invasive ductal carcinoma on 3/1/21 during a routine mammogram.

The mammogram saved her life.  

That should be caption enough to encourage you to schedule yours- especially if you've been putting it off. If not, continue reading. Tracy's cancer was found early and removed at a very small size. She had a lumpectomy in March, finished chemo in June followed by radiation in July.

When I first heard about Tracy's diagnosis, I didn't exactly know how I could help and support her. I've not been directly affected by breast cancer in my life up until now. Tracy is the type of friend who doesn't expect ANYTHING, so this was the best idea I could come up with. I planned a mini photoshoot to share her smile and remind the rest of you that a routine mammo can save you and your friend's lives.

I had so many questions for Tracy this past week when I chatted with her about October's Breast Cancer Awareness month. 

My first question was:

"Was the mammogram really as bad as people say?"

Tracy's honest and heartfelt reply was:

"No, a mammogram is nowhere near horrible.  I'm really not sure what all the fuss is about.  But I used to feel the same way, which is why my new saying is [JUST DO THE DAMN THING] because it's not that bad."

The next thing I asked Tracy was:
"What is one thing that was really memorable for you?  Something that somebody did to help you, or something that somebody said?"
Tracy's answer to this one really choked me up:
"There's so many things.  I think being told that I was handling this gracefully was a huge compliment to me.  Because I was doing the best I could.  Also- I never forgot my daughters and family members were always watching and following my lead!  I wanted them to look back and be proud- NOT SAD- for what we went through."



If you'd like to JOIN US in the Fight against Breast Cancer, consider placing an order on Monday or Tuesday, October 25th or 26th, 2021.  We will be donating 20% of our sales from those two days to Winneshiek County Celebration of Life.  The WCCOL provides free mammogram screenings to under or uninsured women and provides fuel/food cards to men and women as they go through active treatment of cancer.


 Please stay tuned to our Facebook & Instagram pages, and this blog, as we continue to share additional stories from local women who have fought Breast Cancer.  Ladies have provided me with much insight on how you should reach out for your friends/family members battling when you feel as helpless as I did.


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