Only 5 days into October and it already brings with it plenty of insight to what’s in store for the rest of the month.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and, as many of my friends and readers know, it was only a year ago that I was going through chemotherapy treatment and fighting Breast Cancer. Last year I stood in the sidelines looking in at all the events and all the campaigns that ran through the month to spread awareness – I did not have the strength and least of all any motivation to participate in or to attend events. I was deeply touched, however, by all the support towards the cause and this year I am doing everything I can to help create awareness. I want to encourage self examinations, screenings and not waiting until you notice a symptom. When detected early, cancer can be successfully treated – saving your life or the life of someone you love.
It is only because I detected my cancer early (by sheer coincidence) that I am here to talk about it today and that’s pretty scary stuff.
Please visit the websites of local organisations to get more information about breast cancer, to find out about screening, to help spread awareness and join in supporting the cause. They are doing wonderful work!
Action for Breast Cancer Foundation
October also hosts International Babywearing Week from the 4th – 10th of October. Events kicked off with a Babywearing flashmob organised by Babywearing Malta. There was also a collection of slings and carriers that will be used in workshops and library were also on display. I was also thrilled to see Ergobaby carriers at the event. In the Babywearing community, this is big news for Malta and thanks to Elisavet of MaltaMum, it is now possible to purchase Ergobaby locally.
I started wearing Henry when he was about 10 months old. With him being in and out of the hospital, there never seemed like a good time to settle into a carrier until he was better. Since I started using a carrier with him, I have never looked back. Now, I strongly recommend babywearing to every mom I know.
For me, these two seemingly unrelated campaigns, are intertwined. There were days last year when I had little strength to hold my baby, the carrier allowed me to wear my baby with ease, and provided me with the much-needed bonding we both needed especially during the year we were having.