October is Breast Cancer and Domestic Violence Awareness Month

With the internet a blaze about the Michel’le Lifetime Biopic, “Surviving Compton: Dre, Suge & Me”. One can not forget that October is Domestic Violence Awareness Month as well as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I must say that the story that was told of her alleged abuse at the hands of both Dr. Dre and Suge Knight had me clutching my real pearls.  I felt moved and prompted to remind us all that Domestic Violence is quite serious!

Reading comments on the net with people asking why didn’t she leave? Why did she allow this to happen? etc. Answers may vary however, I can only imagine that it’s not easy when you do not realize your self worth. It’s hard to tell someone that “you love” that you love yourself more than you do them, and walk away. Not to mention in this particular case that you may not know what love is and what it is not. I can not speak for Michel’le or any other survivor; but I can tell you that sometimes when your in the situation it can be difficult to see things for what they are until you have that moment of clarity. In the movie it seemed Michel’le’s moment of clarity came when she went to rehab. It’s also important to note that abuse

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doesn’t start on day one of meeting someone; if it did I imagine no one would answer their phone for a second date.  In the beginning there’s a lot of love, trust and wooing going on (it appeared that way with Suge Knight).

Additionally, males are abused by woman as well; not  as often as woman but awareness applies to them too. I’ve worked with survivors of domestic violence and it takes more than one attempt to leave an abuser and once the decision to leave has been made that is the time the survivor is at the highest risk. If you or someone you know is in an abusive situation please seek help. There are many resources available
For more information and further statistics visit http://www.ncadv.org/
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Paint your Tips Pink in Support of          Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast cancer Awareness Month as well. Recently I had the opportunity to organize an event to celebrate  breast cancer survivors along with their friends and family with a day of pampering and relaxation. We painted our nails pink in support of our sisters in the fight, ladies received massages and there was a hair care workshop as well.

Here are a few stats for your reference courtesy of: http://www.breastcancer.org

-For women in the U.S., breast cancer death rates are higher than those for any other cancer, besides lung cancer.

In women under 45, breast cancer is more common in African-American women than white women. Overall, African-American women are more likely to die of breast cancer. For Asian, Hispanic, and Native-American women, the risk of developing and dying from breast cancer is lower.

A woman’s risk of breast cancer nearly doubles if she has a first-degree relative (mother, sister, daughter) who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. Less than 15% of women who get breast cancer have a family member diagnosed with it.

However you chose to show your support for these worthy causes is unique to you, but please do. I love to paint to my nails, switch up my lip color and share information. How do you show your awareness? Comment below.

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