How My Mom Inspired Breast Health Awareness

This post is sponsored by Violet iodine, but all opinions expressed in this post are entirely my own.

In the Spring of 2012, my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. I was vacationing in Mexico at the time of the diagnose, she felt it best to tell me when I returned so not to ruin the last days of my trip. Of course, I was devastated. This was an already familiar feeling, since 15 years earlier, she had overcome kidney cancer and more than a handful of other surgeries since.

From the moment I was able to process what was going on, I had a few thoughts circling my mind:

  • My mom had missed last year’s mammogram. (How long could this evil have been in her body?)
  • Was chemo inevitable?
  • Would she lose her hair and need to wear wigs?
  • How will this deteriorate her overall health?
  • Could it spread? (We were lucky with the kidney, would this time be as well?)

Thankfully, my mom didn’t need chemotherapy, she was given six weeks of radiation and ordered to take a daily pill for five years to make sure the cancer didn’t return. She had survived cancer.  Again.


During this time I began paying close attention to the sensitive callings my body was whispering on a daily basis, even when it came to premenstrual symptoms (PMS).

It’s not all about pressure and cramps caused by PMS, breast discomfort during that time of the month is very real and it affects so many women.  Though it is a common symptom, it isn’t normal and it also comes with a name: Fibrocystic Breast Condition (FBC).

FBC is generally caused by the influx of hormones during the menstrual cycle causing the swelling, achy and tender feeling we experience.

How can we help diminish this pain?

Enter, Violet iodine.

Designed to alleviate tenderness, aches and swelling during the menstrual cycle or if you have these symptoms on the regular. Violet iodine is a daily iodine supplement recommended for women who suffer from menstrual-related breast discomfort.

Personally, I’d like to do without experiencing those symptoms.  Because of this, and I know many of you can relate, I have decided to give the tiny white pill a try. I will be starting my new daily regimen today. I don’t want to believe that I need to put up with this kind of pain just because I am a woman. After all, I have important things to do in my life, and suffering through that unwanted heavy feeling isn’t on my to-do list.

In 30 days, I’ll report my experience and results after taking Violet iodine. I can’t wait to finally make room for better things in my life. Even if those things include stretching out on the couch binge-watching Netflix, instead of curled up in the fetal position.  I think that’s a fair ask.

Stay tuned.

Thank you Violet iodine and Blogger Babes for this wonderful opportunity. Let me know what you think by tagging #HugsShoudntHurt on Facebook, Instagram and Twitter.


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