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    Breast Day Ever 2015



    Breast Day Ever 2015


    Last June 24, 2015, I attended an event for Breast Day Ever 2015. Personally, I really wanted to join this event because of my mom who was diagnosed with breast cancer early this year. Initially this is for college students only but they opened it to all ages and genders. The event was held at SM Megamall, 5th Floor Bridgeway. The event was organized by three Organizational Communication students from De La Salle University in partnership with the Philippine Foundation for Breast Care Inc.


    I was late when I got to the place because I had a shift at work and I got home at 3am and need more time to sleep plus the travel time. I got there around 12:30pm and they already started the program. 


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    After filling up my name on the registration, they gave me a ballpen, notebook, stub for lunch, snack and games and a stamp paper for all the sessions. After you gather 5 stamps you will be qualified for the raffle.


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    There was 4 rotating groups on the events. Each groups had speakers that tackles different topics about Breast Cancer. Honestly, I knew most of them because I researched for it when my mom was diagnosed. But it was an added knowledge for me of course. 


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    Here is my first group. And because I was late and I really wanted to get in touch with the people for the foundation and support group, I transferred to the other group on where Ms Malou Cortez is teaching others on how to self breast exam. I learned a lot from her on how to have your self breast examination once a month.


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    I saw Denise of Pisceanrat and decided to stick with their group. I think they are mostly bloggers.


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    After the session with the 2nd group, I asked for Ma. Lourdes V. Cortez' calling card so I can contact her in case my mom would like to have a support group. I also asked her a lot about financial help and other related stuff.


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    In between, there are games, a song number from a band and we had our lunch. There are also testimonies from Breast Cancer survivors. Grabe ang babata pa nila. But they are coping up and I found them really really strong. Aja girls!


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    We had this healthy bibimbap from one of the sponsors, Fit Fuel. After our lunch we then headed back to the rotating sessions. I didn't got any images for my 3rd group but its all about modifiable and non-modifiable factors for breast cancer. The things that you can change like your lifestyle, food that you eat or the things that you can't change factors like age, genders, family etc.


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    On my fourth group, I went to a different one because the group that I've been to will go to the first group that I've been with. I know paikot ikot ako ng group. Ha Ha Ha. For my last group we discussed about the medications, treatments and costs of having a breast cancer. Dr. Fernando Roque facilitated this part. I wanted to ask a lot of questions on this part but there was a time limit.


    Breast Day Ever 2015


    I went back to my previous group (with the bloggers) and we had our last activity on where we will write our pledges on a pink shirt. I wrote that I really need to take care of myself especially my breast for my kids. There was also a Q & A portion but I was lazy to ask questions because I am getting bored na.


    Breast Day Ever 2015
    Snack for the day, cupcakes!


    Breast Day Ever 2015
    Snack for the day, cupcakes!


    To finish the program we have these yummy cupcakes and freebies.


    Breast Day Ever 2015
    I love the Aly's Cookie Bar!


    To sum it up, I somehow enjoyed the event. It was different from the other seminars that I've been to. But I think it was kinda long. The start time was 10am but I got there around 12:30pm and ended before 5pm. I honestly got bored on the middle of the program, I also wanted to commend the host, he was great for what he was doing. He is the one who keeps me awake the whole day. Aside from the event being too long, it was a great job to the 3 students (who facilitated this event) for the job well done. I hope a lot of students joined the event because this is really an informative event for them. And it was just sad that I only saw few students on the said event.

    And lastly, there are a lot of things that I learned. Its never ever to take for granted your breast. It takes a lot of courage to fight this deadly disease, but from what I've heard from the Breast Cancer Survivors, let's all be aware of our body and never ever lose hope. Spread the awareness and together we can definitely fight this cancer.

    We can not say that my mom is cancer free now. There are still a lot of medicines to take and more consultations to attend. But we are happy that she is still here with us and we will never get tired of praying for her full recovery.

    For more detailed guide about Breast Cancer, you can click here.


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