I partnered with Valvoline Instant Oil Change for this project. All opinions are my own.
Breast cancer. Just writing the words sends chills down my spine. I don’t like it. No one does. But breast cancer is the second most common kind of cancer in women outside of skin cancer. Begrudgingly, my family has been affected by both.
My maternal grandmother “kicked breast cancer to the curb” back in the 1980s when not as many cancer treatments were available. Although chemotherapy produces side effects, including nausea, exhaustion and bone marrow toxicity, today’s chemo is definitely not as harsh on the body as in my grandmother’s day.
My grandmother was in her early 80’s at the time of her cancer diagnosis. Back then, a woman’s fight against cancer was often fought in the shadows. There were no online support groups or Relay For Life events or numerous fundraisers to find a cure. However, my family did not let my grandmother go through her battle alone! We stood by her every step of the way.
10 Ways To Support Someone With Breast Cancer
Did you know that approximately 1 in 8 women born today will get breast cancer at some point in their lives? If you have a significant other or friend going through breast cancer treatment, here are 10 ways to love and support them through it.
- Offer to babysit her children.
- If you live far away, send her a gift card to enjoy a meal out with her family.
- Hire a housekeeper or offer to clean her house.
- Start an online meal train.
- Send her frequent snail mail and ecards of encouragement.
- Call her often to let her know you are thinking of her.
- Offer to do her Christmas shopping.
- Start an online support group and invite her closest friends and relatives to join in.
- Send her flowers to brighten her day.
- Support Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October brings the annual campaign to increase awareness of the disease, offer information and support to those affected by breast cancer and raise funds for research into its cause, prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure.
Valvoline Instant Oil Change is supporting this much needed campaign by selling AutoTex PINK Wipers now through October 31 with proceeds going to the National Breast Cancer Foundation (NBCF).
Consumers can select from either full Pink Wipers or Black Wipers that have a small pink ribbon on them. These all-weather wipers are available at select participating VIOC locations nationwide.
Pink My Ride Photo Contest
As a perk, after you purchase your AutoTex PINK Wipers, make sure to enter the local Valvoline location for a chance to win up to a year of free oil changes!
Valvoline Instant Oil Change Services
Recently, I had the opportunity to visit my local Valvoline Instant Oil Change and get a full service 15-minute drive thru oil change with no appointment needed. I was able to stay in my car the entire time and catch up on a few necessary emails and business calls.
While speaking to the Valvoline staff, I also learned that VIOC does much more than oil changes. They also perform tire rotations, belt replacements, fluid exchanges, battery services and air conditioning recharges, just to name a few.
So, join me! Stop by your local Valvoline location in October and together we can support Breast Cancer Awareness Month!