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Pull Up A Chair…

Sometimes, you have to be the change you want to see. I’ve got an inspirational example for everyone this morning. 

Dr. Susan Love, who is a pioneer on so many fronts for women’s health and whose book on breast cancer and care has been the bible for so many women for quite a while, has begun a new project at Army of Women, aimed at finding the cause of breast cancer so we can stop it. The project matches healthy women, at risk women, and women who have dealt with breast cancer with researchers working on any number of research projects.

The video above is an interview with Dr. Love talking about the project.  

She’s joined in this effort by the Avon Foundation. This is one of those ideas that is so simple, yet makes so much sense — you have researchers who can’t find enough healthy subjects, and you have women who want to help find a cure for their family and friends who have already had to endure breast cancer. Why not put them together and really shake things up? Give folks a proactive way to help find some desperately needed answers.

Every year, more than 200,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer. Giving a little blood and a tissue sample is a tiny price to pay to help find the cause and the cure for all of us.

I’ve signed up — for my mom who has already battled breast cancer once, for my cousin who died of it when I was small, for my daughter’s future, for my own — I’ve already had one precancerous lump removed. And also for Jane.

If you are a woman who is interested in participating in a study to help find a cause and a cure for breast cancer, you can sign up at  Just think — our generation could be the one that finds the cure. How awesome would that be?  Also, get your regular mammograms and pap smears — my mom’s cancer was detected early because she was tested.

And just imagine for a moment, if each of us put our minds to solving the problems we see — really solving them, as in cause and effect, root of the problems — imagine where we’d all be.  Pull up a chair… 

PS — Bob Geiger has the Saturday funnies up.  Hilarious. 

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Christy Hardin Smith

Christy Hardin Smith

Christy is a "recovering" attorney, who earned her undergraduate degree at Smith College, in American Studies and Government, concentrating in American Foreign Policy. She then went on to graduate studies at the University of Pennsylvania in the field of political science and international relations/security studies, before attending law school at the College of Law at West Virginia University, where she was Associate Editor of the Law Review. Christy was a partner in her own firm for several years, where she practiced in a number of areas including criminal defense, child abuse and neglect representation, domestic law, civil litigation, and she was an attorney for a small municipality, before switching hats to become a state prosecutor. Christy has extensive trial experience, and has worked for years both in and out of the court system to improve the lives of at risk children.

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