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Buddy to Buddy



Buddy to Buddy is a program that encourages all women to take control of 

their own breast health and inspire their buddies to do the same. 

Stanley Subaru is Proud to Support WLBZ2's Buddy to Buddy Program

 

Every month, WLBZ  NEWS CENTER 2  anchors will bring you comprehensive reports and information about breast cancer and the importance of early detection. 

 

Every woman is at risk for breast cancer.  The facts are that one woman in eight will likely develop breast cancer in her lifetime.  The good news is that early detection can significantly increase the likelihood of survival.  Luckily there is a  growing awareness of the importance of monthly breast self exam, of regular visits to the doctor, and depending on her age and health history, yearly mammograms.  See more information on Breast Cancer here.



We will share WLBZ's Buddy to Buddy videos, articles and posts to help encourage you to do your monthly self exams and to encourage your family members and those you care about to perform them as well.




Here are the most recent articles and videos from WLBZ's Buddy to Buddy program:


March 11, 2015
Hampden woman looks for positivity, despite cancer

HAMPDEN, Maine
(NEWS CENTER) -- A young Hampden woman faces every day trying to find a bit of happiness, despite the many challenges she has.

"I try to not let it be too serious," said 33-year-old Karen Boyd.

The fact is, Boyd is battling a serious and rare type of cancer, known as inflammatory breast cancer. It's easy to misdiagnosis because the symptoms aren't similar to other breast cancers and it looks like dense breast tissue on mammograms.

In 2012, Boyd noticed something unusual in her breast that was painful. Doctors misdiagnosed it for four months. Meanwhile, the cancer grew from the size of a ping pong ball to her entire breast.

Inflammatory breast cancer is caused by cancer cells blocking lymph vessels in the skin. By the time she was diagnosed, her breasts looked completely different.

Boyd underwent six rounds of treatment and had a double mastectomy. Finally, doctors gave her the all clear.

Then Boyd started feeling similar pains like she had pre-diagnosis, but this time, all over her body.

"One day it would be in my shoulder bothering me, one day it would be in my neck bothering me," she said.

The cancer was back, it was more aggressive, and it had spread to her bones. She had blood clots all through her lungs and tumors through her body and in her bones.

What's hardest for her is not knowing if she'll ever be cancer-free.

"I don't know. And I don't think the doctors know. And I don't think - I'm not sure," said Boyd.

Her kids and partner are her shining light and it's hard to think about the future.

"It's a lot of not knowing being there for your children when they grow up," she said.

Karen is going through a different form of chemotherapy now- and she hopes to one day regain her strength so she's able to get back to work.



February 11, 2015
Explaining Cancer Diagnosis to Children


BUCKSPORT, Maine (NEWS CENTER) -- When something threatens your life, your family is also threatened. Your first instinct is to protect your family, especially your kids. You want to shield them from hearing bad news and cancer is not an easy subject to talk about.

At 36-years-old, Shannon Connor was diagnosed with breast cancer and her fear and uncertainty consumed her. Shannon's mother battled breast cancer previously, but in 2006 her 11-year-old son and 4-year-old daughter were now going to watch their mother go through this battle. Shannon believed it was important to have an open and honest conversation with her children.

"He came in to talk with me and I said, 'yes, I have breast cancer' and we are going to have to wait and see what happens. The first thing he asked me, 'are you going to be bald like grandma?' and I said I don't think so, I don't think I'm going to lose my hair,'" said Shannon.

Clinical Health Psychologist at EMMC Robert Ferguson said it's important to be open with your kids by providing them with realistic answers to their questions to help lessen their fears, while keeping in mind their age and saying things in simple terms.

"It's okay to say mom is sick. And the doctors are working with mom to have some treatment done and sometimes the treatment will make mom tired. Explain very specifically what the symptoms will be, what the side effects are and how that can interrupt the day."

Shannon explained breast cancer to her daughter, Haley, at the time, through a demonstration that she would be able to understand.

"I kinda said a story about moldy cheese. Like if there is a little piece of mold on it then we will just cut it off and everything will be fine.






  
 

 

  
 
 

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 Breast Cancer Awareness Icon for Subaru Badge of Ownership

Now available for your FREE Subaru Badge of Ownership, the pink-ribbon icon is the only one that features an illustration in color. That will help it stand out and show your support for a cause that touches almost everyone.


 Learn more about how to request your free badge of ownership.

 

In April, 2014 Stanley Subaru started "Pink Tuesdays", a Breast Cancer Awareness Program and Fundraiser for the Breast Clinic at Maine Coast Memorial Hospital in Ellsworth.  On Tuesdays, our employees wear pink clothing or pink work gloves to encourage a little team spirit in the fight against breast cancer. While we're wearing our pink, we're also donating $10 from every test drive taken to the Breast Clinic at MCMH.

The next time you're in our area on a Tuesday, come on down and test drive a new or used vehicle and we'll donate $10 in your name to the breast clinic at MCMH!

(No purchase necessary. Driver license required.)