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Why taking charge of your health is so important

This past weekend, I got very sad news: a co-worker of mine for the past 7 years passed away from breast cancer. She had a family history of the disease, but—from what her friends and relatives said—she discovered a lump in her breast in June...but never did anything about it. Whether she felt like it was nothing or she felt like she had time to have it checked out eventually (how many times have we all done this with some little ache, pain or problem?), no one knows. What we do know is that she didn't look well the week before Thanksgiving (when she was in the office working like normal)—and was checked into a hospital last Wednesday. She died of that particularly aggressive form of breast cancer on Friday. We're all still in shock. This is why addressing health problems when they arise is SO important. This is why getting pro-active screenings (despite what any fed government guidelines say) is so important. And this is why putting your body, your health, and yourself first will be what keeps you alive. Make that doctor's appointment you've been putting off and tune in to how your body feels every moment of the day; exercise; put the right foods in your body. Whatever you can do, you should. You don't want to regret not doing it when it's too late.

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