Dr. Fern Kazlow

Shattering Limitations

Changing What's Possible in the Way We Live, Work, and Age

The Side of Effects of Breast Cancer Awareness

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) was begun by AstraZeneca in 1985 (the manufactures of the breast cancer drugs Arimidex and Tmoxifen). In 1991, the Susan G. Koman foundation handed out pink ribbons to its participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors. Two years later, Estee Lauder Companies founded the Breast Cancer Research Foundation and used the pink ribbon as its symbol. Now, Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) is an annual event every October and people hope its effects will last throughout the year. Well, its effects are lasting – leaving us with both the good and the bad consequences.

Yes, I said bad!

Most people think of the Breast Cancer Awareness campaign as a good thing – and it does have its merit. It encourages women to get checked – and check themselves for breast cancer. People have used BCAM to get the message out about the importance of good nutrition, regular exercise, and reducing stress.  It has brought more open discussion, lessening the sense of isolation people with breast cancer and their families feel. BCAM has also encouraged donations, not only for research but to help women and their families struggling with this challenging illness.

So what's the problem here? You may think well, the goal of BCAM is to promote mammograms as the most effective tool against breast cancer – something that is more controversial than in years past. And most of us have heard of the side effects of drugs, chemotherapy and radiation. But that just points to the importance of making informed decisions.

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What is a Power Connection?

My last blog generated a lot of questions about what exactly is a Power Connection?  How do you create a Power Connection?  What are the benefits of a Power Connection?

Let’s start with What is a Power Connection?

First, the difference between a connection and a Power Connection is the difference between lighting a dark room with a flashlight or a flood lamp.  A flashlight only allows you to see a glimpse.  What you see as related to the whole is left in question. Turn on a flood lamp and suddenly nooks and alcoves become visible.  Details and patterns come into focus.  You see the overall view and how everything works together to produce the whole.  And opportunities and potential are illuminated everywhere.

A Power Connection supports, enables, allows, drives, inspires, creates, and has the power to see beyond.  It’s honest, deep, reciprocal, respectful, and adds immeasurably to your life and your ability to accomplish what you want.

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The Year of the Power Connection

Instead of resolutions, each year I focus on creating, expanding or refining a dimension in my life.  My last year’s trauma gave birth to this year’s focus.  For those who don’t know, I began last year with a shattered hip, pelvis, elbow, a damaged rotator cuff, and assorted other injuries.  I fell.  I wasn’t doing anything extraordinary or daring. I was walking through a parking lot and slipped on a speed bump.

Talk about a changed agenda!  Everything that I was doing or had planned – the media blitz, the book, speaking appearances, workshops, projects and partnering – was off the table.  Months in bed, seasons of therapy, and learning to walk again took up most of the space on my priority list.  I felt as if I had been ripped from the life I’d known and how I navigated that life.

Physically, I was totally dependent.  Me.  The “don’t-tell-me-I-can’t-because-I-don’t-understand-the-meaning-of-the-word” woman suddenly couldn’t.  I had to ask for a cup of tea.  Had to ask for help to get out of bed.  Had to ask for help to wash, dress, and even button a shirt.  The most minute movements I had taken for granted – holding a pen, answering a telephone, using a keyboard, combing my hair – became Herculean efforts or weren’t possible.

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