Saturday, November 12, 2016

Breast Health Angels Foundation



Last weekend, I attended an outreach health festival organized by Susie’s Cause Colon Cancer Foundation  (introduced here) held in conjunction with Kaiser Permanente and sponsored by Genentech and Lilly at the Southland Mall in Hayward California. It was all about health education with emphasis on colon cancer screening and prevention. I also got to address the audience and shared my journey from diagnosis 3 years ago to where I am today. I call it a journey because that’s exactly what it is, a journey. 
Destination unknown.

Aside from the fun activities at this event like face painting, games, there was an onsite health profession to answer questions people had about this killer disease, break the silence associated with it, show people how to reduce their risk and promote overall healthy living.

Breast cancer awareness month was back in October of course. But do people get diagnosed outside of that window? That will be heck yeah! I did mention last week as well (here) that I’d be telling you more about my friend Chika Akwiwu, a breast cancer survivor and founder of Breast health Angels Foundation who has also been very supportive of me in my cancer journey. Anyhow, her organization BHAF had their first 5K walk on the 29th of October in four different cities and I applaud her for pulling this off. Of course my pink tee chose to arrive a day later. Story of my life, Ha! 

So today I’m sporting my tee (better late than never right?) in a show of love and support while bringing awareness to her cause and mission. Chika's vlogs are very informative. She’s got quite the personality, you’ll be hooked I promise. Stop by BHAF to read more about her, watch her vlogs and show your support. In the meantime, here are pictures of me sporting my BHAF tee and spreading the word.
Cancer of any kind must be stopped. 
Can I get a resoundin Amen!

 I also did mention (here) that I’d be following up with my oncologist Dr. Bahl last wednesday to go over my test results. I very kindly asked for your prayers and good vibes. And I released it to the universe knowing I had done all I could do. Thank you very much for all the good thoughts. 
All is well yet again and I bless God. Always. Always.

Just curious though, how are you guys doing?
And I'm speaking in terms of 'eating candy'. I haven't stopped unwrapping and popping candy / chocolate into my mouth since my daughter stepped foot in the house from trick or treating. So much so I'm now hugely concerned that the effect is becoming noticeable on the waist line. If only they'd bypass the waistline and settle else where. Wishful thinking. I keep telling myself they'd be gone soon enough but that candy bag is starting to feel like a bottomless mimosa pit. Are you having the same issue? How are you dealing?

The Elections! 
Like Rachel Maddow rightly said, we are in uncharted waters in so many ways. 
I guess we'll just have to wait and see which way the currents flow.
Good Luck America!

When you're out shooting and run into a friend, you both pose for the camera :).

People do make the pictures, this dude joined in on the fun. 


Deets
Tee - BHAF
Leggings - Forever 21
Sneakers - Vans (here)
Sunnies - MiuMiu (here)
Socks - Victorias Secret (here)
Sweatshirt - Victorias Secret (here)
Water Bottle - Victorias Secret (here)



Thanks a bunch for stopping by, keep thinking the purple thoughts xx.


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94 comments:

  1. I'm very touched by this stroppy, I actually read your previous post on your surviving cancer and I pray everyday for those who are going through this killer, so you are in my prayers. A very close friend of mine was diagnosed early last year and through her courage I saw how most cancer patients should never give in to it. It's a fight of all standards, in morale, courage, faith and so I say thank God for your life.

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  3. I'm sure you were the most stylish participant! Eating candy... there are times when I can easily say no and forget about them the next second, well, and then there are other times when it's "this is the last one" followed by a large number of "last ones"...

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  4. Beautiful post. The shirt looks great on you.

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  5. I'm happy to hear you're doing well and participating in that health festival. It sounds like fun... and if it gets people more informed about colon cancer...all for the better. Education is everything! I'm glad to see you raising awareness for BC too- you're right, no need to limit it to only one month. I watched one of the videos on BHAF channel (it was an interview with the doctor who survived BC twice herself) and it was very inspiring. It is so great you joined in the walk...and you look so cute in this sporty outfit. That pink BHAF tee is so lovely...maybe it did arrive late, but as you said, it is never to late to spread an important message. You look fantastic! Love all the photos, how nice that some people joined in! Very positive vibes<3

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  6. I'm a sweet tooth too so I can totally relate to the candy part ha ha ha

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  7. I agree! Cancer of any kind must be stop! Such an evil disease. way to go for support a good cause. I hate when its October everybody talks about breast Cancer and after that you hear nothing.
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  8. Such an important cause and you look fabulous while supporting it! :)

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  9. Seriously adorable!! Great styling!
    Happy weekend!
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  10. What a fun tee and a great cause to support - hope this year was the first of many annual fun runs that your friend is able to organise! IT's great you got some other people excited to be in the photos too, hehe! :)

    Hope you're having a wonderful weekend and everything goes well with your results:)

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  11. I love this post. Your outfit for this festival was really great. I hope that the cancer will stop really soon.

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  12. Kudos to you and all cancer survivors for your courage and strength. Also, thanks to god for another awesome test result. I stand with you, and others in agreement and declaring triumph over this disease. Been trying to ween myself from sweet tooth, and i like to think that I’m winning...Ha! You look fabulous, as always Idu dear!
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  13. Amazing shots!
    Have a nice week-end!
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  14. I do a 5k for charity every year, ever since I had someone diagnosed in my close family wih breast cancer. She is a survivor now, but I want to support raising awareness and research.

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  16. You look amazing, nice tee
    Have a lovely day:)

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  17. Idu, you look great in pink:) And your friend Chika formed such a great organization for a great cause. You sharing your experience was a wonderful thing to do:) It's people like you and your friend that makes this world a more bearable place to live in. As for the country's president-elect, however....
    Anyhoo, I can totally relate with the whole candy business! I have been eating a little here and there, as I have no self-control...sigh....

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  18. Very nice look!
    Have a great sunday :)
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  19. I love the details. Very beautiful look. xx

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  20. Go girl! this is such an inspiring event to spread awareness, you slayed the style for this charity event <3

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  21. A beautiful and inusual (for you) outfit for a good initiative. Good job Idu!!! Really nice thing!!! Kisses and thank you for your visit,
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  22. I get so excited when i hear or read someone's victory in conquering breast cancer this is because i lost a colleague in 2012 to breast cancer and it was really devastating because she taught me a lot as my boss at work,I believe that early detection and examination is the key ,and should be done always and nit just for a 4 week period. You know you are an inspiration to others Idu , Your story/journey is really a miracle ,trust me when i say that God has taken control and your results will be good news when you go visit your Doctor. That candy business is the same with me ,i pass by the hall way or the kitchen and i'm throwing some in my mouth yea i wish it will all go to my ass or my boobs instead of my abs..lol. I am doing great though and glad you are doing the same . I love the pink Tee and i will be checking out her blog. Do take care as i continue to pray for you. Kisses!

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  23. This is really a noble purpose my dear! You look fantastic in sporty outfit :-)

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  25. Love this post, you're beautiful

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  26. The shirt looks amazing on you, love how you are helping create awareness for this cause. Good to know all is well. Have a splendid week Ma'am, and we will continue to keep you in our prayers.

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  27. This post is beautiful. And you are very pretty. Kisses and have a lovely week :)

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  28. This is a wonderful cause. I love your T-shirt.

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  29. This is a really important cause so I'm really happy to hear you are participating in this health festival. Amazing pink look dear!
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  30. I'm so relieved for you and your family for your good news from the oncologist and heres to a continued clean bill of health. Yes the fight continues for others so thank you for bringing awareness and sharing the message of the BHAF! It's definitely good to know and spread the word about.

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  31. I love how you encourage and support others Idu. So many are going through this and need this support. Yes, BCA should definitely be year round! You looked great!
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  32. Congratulations on your continued good news! You look so radiant in the pink, dear, just aglow. Really lights up that beautiful face so perfectly. And, wow, just fantastic in those pants. They are not my favorite material to the touch but they are perfect to enjoy visually. That shot of your sexy legs in them was incredible for me, so much pleasure. Really made my night ;)

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  33. This is a hugely important issue, the pink looks so beautiful on you :)

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  34. I love it! Thanks for sharing.


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  35. Great cause! You look like a beautiful barbie doll! :)

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  36. you are beauty even during jogging! :)

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  37. I loved the cause of this post! You look amazing like always!
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  38. You're a string brave woman and a survivor, I applaud your strength and positivity, Idu! And I wish I can say the same about the Halloween candies in my home, they were gone the next day as my husband has a HUGE sweet tooth! LOL!

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  39. awseome, full of positive energy post.

    You look so sweet in this pink special outfit dear xx

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  40. First of all, congrat, hun! I'm very happy for you!
    Then, I'd say: great look for a great cause, dear Idu! You've supported a so important cause in a very stylish way (I love the idea of different socks, so original and cool), I'm very proud of you! :)
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  41. Such a great cause to support and of course you look SO stylish doing so! You are an inspiration!
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  42. Great cause and you look fantastic in the pink tee (sorry it arrived late!)
    So glad that your test results were good and that you are doing well!
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  43. Sweetheart amazing cause, great job!!
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  44. beautiful sporty style dear
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  45. You are such an inspiration, Idu! I remember first learning of your story months back in one of your posts and thinking, this woman is incredibly strong and such an inspiration to us women. I love that you're supporting these health awareness causes because self awareness and assertion is what's needed to prevent and early detect. Thank so much for sharing, you look absolutely gorgeous and I love that you included some photos of some friends that came your way, it adds so much fun and personality to the post!

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  46. Amazing Look my Divaaaa:) In Love:) Kisses Karina
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  47. Yes...Barbie! You are such a doll.

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  49. I love supporting events like this... You look pretty snd extremely girly in pink.. My prayers are with you dear..

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  50. Idu, you look gorgeous as always... and I am so HAPPY to hear is good news from you oncologist... I know I've been gone for a long time, life was overwhelming and still is kind of but I missed writing and my blog family... I really missed you. Thankfully the candy didn't last long here but I am in need of finding my waist after a long tough year... xox

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  51. Breast cancer (like other types) is such a terrible killer and women from all over the world should know that self awareness and early detection are the keys to fight the desease...I lost an aunt because of the late detection....
    you are an amazing woman,Idu...
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  52. Breast cancer (like other types) is such a terrible killer and women from all over the world should know that self awareness and early detection are the keys to fight the desease...I lost an aunt because of the late detection....
    you are an amazing woman,Idu...
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  53. You look gorgeous!
    That hot pink suits you!
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  54. An important message and you're the most sporty version always cool! Super Idu! *_*
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  55. What an amazing cause! You are always such an inspiration and I love you how spread such positivity on this blog. Keep it up!

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  56. love your outfit.. I loved the cause of this post!

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  57. What a beautiful post with a noble cause. Dresses, skirts, heels or no heels you look amazing anyday dear Idu <3
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  58. Good luck America! And I'm so happy about the good news for you! This festival makes so much sense to me, as I have due to the history of our children absolutely concerns ... You look sporty and wonderful in this look, dear Idu!
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  59. It is so cool that you get to support a cause that has impacted your life so greatly. Have a great week.
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  60. I love your look, you are an angel :)
    xoxo

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  61. Its takes courage and confident and you got it babe ! really awesome of you supporting and sharing your own experience !! so beautiful !
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  62. Hi Idu! Face painting must have been fun! I am so happy you are doing okay. Thanks for keeping us updating. It is definitely a journey, and God will be with you every step of the way. It is never too late to do the right thing. I am sure your friend is proud of you. I think I am at a point where I need an intervention. I have been eating wayyyyy to much M&M peanut candy. I would be in total denial if I teld you that I can go cold turkey. I love your look baby doll. You look pretty in pink!

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  63. Hi Idu! Happy that you are doing well and all is good with your test results. You are doing an awesome job by bringing awareness to Cancer. I commend you on your courage to speak out infront of a large group and share your story. I'm sure you are touching many hearts, and minds along the way.

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  64. Positive thinking helps a lot with healing. My prayers are always with you and you look absolutely stunning.

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  65. It's great that you get to support a cause that has impacted your life. You look so pretty dear <3
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  66. Beautiful Pictures; you look great. Prayers and blessings all the way..

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  67. Looking comfortable and pretty for a great course. Love it and lovely photos.

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  68. Wow! It's really great that you get to support a cause that's so dear to you, as it has really impacted your life. But hey! I have the same socks!

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  69. You look super cute:) Pink is your color:)
    Have a lovely day! ❤❤❤
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  70. AMEN! F*** cancer. I just lost someone last weekend to cancer. It's a terrible disease that needs to be immediately erradicated. I'm sorry to hear about your own personal struggle with it, but thankful you've kicked its ass. Let's hope for good. Wishing you all the best gorgeous and thank you for spreading more and more awareness.

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  71. You are so amazing Idu, and I am definitely a supporter of breast cancer awareness even before my mum survived it. The event sounds like it was good. I like that others joined in on your photos to pose with you--people do make life and pictures interesting. :-) Have a blessed week! <3

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  73. Love & prayers to you - you're looking cute for the cause!!!

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  74. Idu you are looking gorgeous in pink and for an amazing cause! I think you are a real inspiration and you have been through so much yourself too. I am always at the candy haha my twins still have a load left from Halloween and it's just so tempting!

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  75. I am so happy to hear you are doing well((())) You look cute cute cute, Idu. That must have been fun.
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  76. Thank you for supporting this! It`s very important to sharing the knowledge about cancer and the treatment. Also, you have very powerful look on this event!

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  77. Lovely post! Great look!
    Kisses :)

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  78. I'm wishing you all the luck for your results, I'm guessing you have them already and I really hope it's good news. It's great you're supporting a cause so close to home, it's so important to raise awareness. You look great in the outfit!

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  79. I love this sporty look!!

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  80. You always look so beautiful dear,great cause!!

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  81. I agree with you sis! Very importante message and beautiful pictures.
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  82. so true, this is such an important topic to think of the whole year :)
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  83. This is a great cause and definitely good that you're raising awareness.

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  84. great advocacy Idu.. it's not ok being sick..wish that you are good..xoxo

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