The Breast Blog: How to Become a Breast Health Ambassador - Chapter One / Be Brave

Further to yesterday's foray into becoming a Breast Health Ambassador.

Being brave takes courage. Courage can wash over you in one fell swoop when you find yourself in a dangerous situation and need to respond instantly. But this is only one venue where courage shows it's face. I find I need courage every day, several times, sometimes with out even leaving my home. I've noticed that my courage increases with practice. And because I continue to challenge myself to stretch into the unknown, I continue to reach into myself for more courage.

It takes courage to see yourself as you really are. That means removing your rose coloured glasses, should you be prone to see the world through a perpetually cheerful lens. Or/and it means removing your blinders. Restricting the full picture does nothing for your health either. Negative beliefs that endorse self-disgust/hatred should also be reviewed and rewritten. They do you no good.

Self honesty is critical. If you are over 18, you are an adult. As an adult you need to recognize and accept the way things are without rolling over, blaming and giving up. To improve anything, it is critical to start from what is.

My health is more important to me than to anyone else on the face of this earth. And so it should be for everyone. No doubt loved ones want me to be healthy. And my doctor and health team are there to assist me with my decisions. But it is unwise to turn our personal health responsibility over to someone else unless we are beyond the stage of being lucid or conscious. We must be our own Breast Health Ambassadors and get assistance when required.

Be brave. Decide that you are important enough, good enough and smart enough to get to know your body, how it works and what it needs for maximum health.

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