In the past few years, we’ve heard a lot about self-care and what it means to put yourself first. And although our intention is to make it a priority, it’s usually the last item standing on our endless to-do list. So that’s where we come in! This month, we’re going to push YOU up the list, and for one really big reason. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and a strong reminder that breast cancer is one of the leading health crises for women in the United States. According to National Breast Cancer Foundation, 1 in 8 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.
During the month of October, we’re partnering with National Breast Cancer Foundation to help support their mission: To provide help and inspire hope to those affected by breast cancer through early detection, education, and support service.
At thredUP, community is one of the most important things in our lives. Our thrift community, our work crew, our family, our friends. We lift each other up, get each other through the hard stuff, and celebrate all the unique gifts we each bring to the world. We’re big proponents of self-care around here, making sure we all take the time to recharge before we give back. This month, self-care means making your annual wellness appointment, giving self-breast exams, and scheduling mammograms. Right now, breast cancer can’t be prevented but regular checkups can increase your chance of finding cancer before it spreads. If you’ve already had your mammogram this year, take a friend. No one should get their boobs squished alone!
Want to know how else you can help support women?
Here’s the sitch: follow @thredUP on Instagram. Each week during the month of October, we’ll post a friendly reminder to make preventative health care a priority. Tag a friend in the comments to remind her (gently!) to make and attend her annual wellness checkup. Bonus! You’ll both be entered to win a thredUP self-care package. Each week, the winning commenter and their friend will receive a $50 thredUP shopping credit. But the best part? At the end of the month, we’ll donate $1 for every comment (up to $7500) to National Breast Cancer Foundation, who provides free mammograms to low-income women across the United States. $150 = 1 mammogram. Let’s get to our goal to provide 50 free mammograms!
10 Things You Can Do to Support Friends and Family Who Have Breast Cancer
- Respond from your heart. Let them know you’re there if they want to talk, hang out, cry, watch a movie, whatever.
- Check in regularly. It can be a text, call, or email. Just let them know you are thinking about them.
- Have some basic knowledge of breast cancer. Offer to do research and accompany them on doctor appointments.
- Listen without feeling like you have to respond. Sometimes a caring listener is all they want and need.
- Make them feel that no matter what you will always be there for them, through the good and bad days, no matter what they look like or how they feel.
- If you don’t know what to say, just say that. “I’m not sure what to say, but I want you to know I care, and I want to learn how best I can support you.”
- Practice greater patience and compassion.
- Make an extra effort to reach out. Isolation can be a real issue. Don’t ignore them!
- Treat them as normally as possible.
- Be flexible. Some days will be harder than others and plans will need to adjust.
For the entire month of October, we’ll be sharing stories, quotes, musings, and advice from the amazing women in our thrifting community. Share your thoughts in the comments below or on any of our social channels.