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The Ta-Ta Song

No doubt, mammograms and taking care of our ta-tas can give us moments that flip us out. Last year when I was having my annual screening, I was told there was “something” there and a diagnostic was needed. I was not afraid until after several more films were examined, a sonogram was suggested. Yep, I about flipped out! Thank the Lord, all was well after several hours of rechecks.

 

My sister had the same experience but she was not as fortunate. She made a decision to stop having mammograms and years later, breast cancer was discovered leading to a double mastectomy. I will say that her attitude was wonderful during her treatment and, thankfully, she did recover.

Don’t neglect your annual mammograms and allow your health to flip-flop into a crisis. My new book, “Rhinestones on my Flip-Flops” is all about taking care of ourselves both physically, spiritually and emotionally. I decided to write a song to remind women to take care of themselves from “tops” to bottom. Click HERE to watch the Ta-Ta Song in action.

Posted in breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, encouragement, Southern Humor by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

A Reminder: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I tried to suppress my urge to smile during the funeral service for my mother’s dear friend, Helen Smoak. I sat in the beautiful St. Matthews Church in Charleston this past Sunday listening to Helen’s lovely daughter, Heidi, share her heart and humor. “I know who will be the first person to meet my mother at the pearly gates,” said Heidi. I already knew the answer. ”Mom will be greeted by Eleanor Jenkins who will escort her to the heavenly hair-do beauty shop.” My eyes glistened hearing my mother’s name mentioned. What a sweet moment!

Posted in breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, humor, Ta-tas by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

My Ta-Tas Fell on 9/11; Breast Cancer Awareness

My sister had breast cancer.  It was a shock to all us since this was a first for the women in the family.  The one thing that I observed as my sister dealt with this aggressive form of breast cancer was her ability to laugh and have a positive attitude. The title of this post is an actual quote from my sister, “My Ta-Tas Fell on 9/11.” Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to share her story.

My sister had breast cancer.  It was a shock to all of us since this was a first for the women in the family.  The one thing that I observed as my sister dealt with this aggressive form of breast cancer was her ability to laugh and have a positive attitude. The title of this post is an actual quote from my sister, “My Ta-Tas Fell on 9/11.” Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to share her story.

My sister decided to have both breasts removed since one was “positive” and the other was “busy”, (hyperplasia).  I stayed with her after her surgery and saw what she had to deal with.  What was upsetting to me was the fact that she decided to stop having mammograms which led to her diagnosis. Had she continued to have her screenings, the calcification stage would have been detected before breast cancer developed. However, she was a trouper and I am convinced that her attitude made the difference.  I remember she was listening to the song, “I Will Survive” as they wheeled her into the operating room when she had her double mastectomy.

Posted in attitude, breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, Ta-tas by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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Tie a Pink Ribbon for Breast Cancer Awareness Around my Heart

The room was decorated in high fashion with beauty and elegance. The stunning table decorations paled in comparison to the hearts of sisterhood joined together in High Point, NC for their Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon. These are my people and as a humorist speaker I would speak to every single Pink Ribbon group across the world if I could. At the end of the luncheon themed after my funny book for women, “Bury me with My Pearls” I decided to tie a pink ribbon for breast cancer around my heart The room was decorated in high fashion with beauty and elegance. The stunning table decorations paled in comparison to the hearts of sisterhood joined together in High Point, NC for their Annual Pink Ribbon Luncheon. These are my people and as a humorist speaker I would speak to every single Pink Ribbon group across the world if I could. At the end of the luncheon themed after my funny book for women, “Bury me with My Pearls” I decided to tie a pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness around my heart. It was delightful to reconnect with my buddy, Beachy Allen. Someone with a celebrated name like  ” Beachy” would  guarantee the luncheon would be wonderful. The Pink Ribbon Committee told me they wanted a fun speaker with an inspirational presentation.  So my job was to make them laugh, feel appreciated and be encouraged. Many had had a brush with breast cancer;  my message was simple and focused on the pearls that we wear. My book, “Bury Me with My Pearls” is about these wonderful qualities we should all embrace.  Jane’s Products

Posted in breast cancer, Pink Ribbon, Women's Health by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Breast Cancer and Ta-Ta Lesson Number 12

Breast Cancer and Ta-Ta Lessons Number 12

I love this Ta-Ta lesson from my book, “What Ta-Tas Teach Us,”  since we all have things in our lives we need to get rid of. My sister got rid of her Ta-Tas because they would have killed her since she had a very aggressive type of breast cancer. The doctor told her that by the time she discovered the lump on her own she would have been in big trouble. Just like breast cancer and Ta-Ta Lesson number 12, we all need to get rid of what hurts us.

Take an honest look at your life.  What are those things/issues that are holding you back from your greatest potential?  Can you isolate the “cancerous” things that make you less of the best that you can be?

Posted in breast cancer, change, humor, laughter, loss, Ta-tas, Women's Health by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

Learning from Ta-Tas and Fighting Breast Cancer

What Ta-Tas Teach Us to fight Breast Cancer

My sister had breast cancer.  Before this discovery, she had chosen to stop having her yearly screenings. After my sister’s breast cancer was detected , she eventually opted to have a double mastectomy and reconstructive surgery.   Her mastectomy could have been avoided if she continued to have mammograms; the best way to fight breast cancer is with early detection.

Since I speak to many hospital and health organizations particularly Healthy Women, I decided to write a beautifully illustrated book with twenty life lessons we learn as women from having “Ta-Tas.”  The book, available on Amazon….hint, hint…is a wonderful book to share with special women in your life since it is filled with common sense life lessons, health reminders, and  humor.  I also use the profits from this book to fight breast cancer. The first ” Ta-Ta” lesson from the book is shared in this blog and other lessons will be shared in future blogs.  The attached picture is from the book and it is drawn by a very talented artist named Beth Clark. Enjoy this first “Ta-Ta” lesson.

Posted in attitude, Bible, breast cancer, change, childhood, humor, relationships, Ta-tas, Uncategorized, women by Jane Jenkins Herlong.