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

The weather in Guelph is frightful today. We've got a bad case of freezing rain coming down. For those of you who have never had the pleasure of such a natural phenomena, please let me flesh out the experience for you.

I had a 10:45 appointment this morning that I wanted to walk to, several long blocks from my home. I wanted the exercise and fresh air that the jaunt would provide. At 10:00 I set out, properly outfitted for wet, cold weather. But short of hammer nails through the bottom of my boots, nothing helps mobility in freezing rain.

The sidewalks were glare ice. Wet, glare ice. Butt clenching, slippery, wet, glare ice. Think skating rink without the skates.

I got to the end of my own property and realized that the road was less slippery thanks to the sand and salt truck that had recently passed. So I carefully slid my way to the street. No cars in sight. By the end of the first block, and at least 15 minutes of time, two thoughts bounced into my head. First. At this rate, I was going to be hours late for my appointment. Second. I was risking my life over an appointment that could happen at another time. The cars sliding by me were another feature that raised the hair on my neck and no doubt contributed to my overall fear. I was being stupid.

I turned around and carefully made my way back onto the sidewalk and shuffled slowly and carefully home.

This is an example of being brave. I did not turn into a bonehead and put myself in danger by forging ahead out of some external sense of obligation for an appointment that was not life or death important. Few are. Instead, I took my own best interests to heart and chose to change my mind and my course out of respect for my health and longevity. Being brave means being flexible and respectful toward yourself and your body.

Your body depends on your mind to make good decisions. When your mind goes off the rails, as minds are apt to do, the body will send messages to try and get the minds attention. Shivering, growling stomach, dry mouth, yawning....these are all messages from your body that translated mean, I'm cold, I'm hungry, I'm thirsty, I'm tired. Your job, as a Breast Health Ambassador is to listen to and respond to these messages. Do not ignore them. If you won't listen to yourself, how can you expect anyone else to.

Notice what your body is telling you. After all, it is your body for life.

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