A visit with Caridad Pineiro and giveaway *part of “Cancer” Week*

Today it is with great pleasure we welcome author, Caridad Pinerio to My Book Addiction. I hope you will join us in welcoming Caridad here and be sure to check out her great stories!

It’s October and you’re probably seeing a lot of pink around since it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness month.  I can’t impress on you enough how important it is that you do your self-checks and go in for regular mammograms.  Like that old saying says, an ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure.

It’s an adage that we all need to think about when we discuss cancer in general.  Being overweight, lack of exercise, stress and smoking are all things which we can control in order to reduce our risk of getting cancer.

I know, I know.  I’m sounding preachy, but once your life has been touched by cancer, you get a new perspective on things.

I was 22 when my mom died of cancer.  My sister was only 20 and in her last year of college.  One of my mom’s greatest dreams and something she had worked so hard to achieve for “her girls” was to see us graduate college.  She only got to see part of her dream come true and watching my sister graduate without my mom there was one of the hardest things I’ve ever done in my life.

But that wasn’t the only thing my mom missed.

My mom didn’t see us get married.  She didn’t see me graduate law school, something my mom had planned on us doing together before she got sick.  She didn’t see all the lovely grandkids we’ve had or see those grandkids graduate college.

She would have been so proud of that because my mom valued education.  She knew it was the one way that we would accomplish the American Dream.

She never read any of my books.  I think she might have been proud of that as well since my mom was an avid reader. (Although I might have been a little embarrassed to know mom was reading one of “those scenes”.)

My mom missed all of those wonderful things because she was a smoker and couldn’t quit.  She also ignored the little warning signs that should have said to her to go get a physical.  Maybe if we had caught it sooner, things might have been different.

So during this month filled with pinkness and hope, do something for yourself as well as for others.  Ask yourself what you can do to make , yourself healthier.  Lose some weight, get more active, relax  or quit smoking.  Do it for yourself.  Do it for your loved ones who will miss you every day of your(their) life once you are gone too soon.

 

Thank you Caridad for your inspiring tale, hard as it is to read, it does inspire. As Caridad says take care of yourself, not just this month but all year. Now because Caridad is the awesome woman she is, she’s offered up a copy of SINS OF THE FLESH, as well as a Lost Polo Shirt! Thank you so much Caridad. Now this is part of our “cancer” week so yes once again there is a “goodie bag”, same as before with bath and body product, a notepad that is too cute, a book or two(these will vary with the bags and are in print),swag, and of course the tote itself that says “fight like a girl” plus an ebook copy of ENTANGLED.

So as with the other days we will have 2 winners. Giveaway for the “goodie bag” is open to everyone. Goodluck.

If you would like more information on types of cancers, signs, things you can do to help fight/prevent cancer, and things to help you fight this monster be sure to visit :

http://www.cancer.gov/

You can find Caridad at her website ,facebook,twitter

 

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19 Replies to “A visit with Caridad Pineiro and giveaway *part of “Cancer” Week*”

  1. Thank you for this wonderful message which we should all heed. Health is our only priority in life since without that we have nothing. Best wishes and the very best of health to you and much happiness.

  2. Thanks for visiting with us today, Caridad and for giving us the wonderful stories you write. I think your mom would be very proud of your accomplishments and she would maybe only blink with "those scenes", as I do.She knows you,your values and such and that is what matters the most… As for me I NEED to lose weight…I lost my Daddy to cancer to the spine that went into the brain and my Mama to renal failure but she also proable had an intersineal cancer,she was dying so they/her chose not to make her endure anything else. So Ladies,do your yearly physicals.Early detection is the key to fighting this dreaded disease….
    Thanks Caridad for sharing with us your readers…I know what a great lost it was to you and your family. I Mama and Daddy,didn't get to see their awesome grandchildren grow into awesome adults,or their great-grandchildren….
    AprilR

  3. Thank you for taking the time to share you story. This really is a cause that hits each of us at some point in our lives.

    bacchus76 at myself dot com

  4. Thank you for sharing this story with us. Cancer has touched my family as well, and early detection made the difference for my Dad. Thanks for reminding us to take responsibility for screening.

    Lyndee H
    spooler(at)comcast(dot)net

  5. Thank you so much for the post. Cancer has touched my family too. I am trying to do things to reduce my risk and to catch tings faster. I quit smoking last December (YAY!) and get screenings and such.
    June M.
    manning_j2004 at yahoo dot com

  6. Thank you Caridad for sharing with us today.
    I have tried to tell some of my friends about getting regular check-ups. I was surprised to hear how many of my friends have never gone for a mamogram! I just beg them to please make an appointment and go, October is Cancer Awareness Month. Or to go as soon as they are able, any day or any month, just go.

  7. Thank you for sharing your story with us. At the beginning of the month I did a Breast Cancer walk with my niece and sister. Throughout the summer we took up walking to get ready for it.I thought I'd stop after it was over but my sister and I walk everyday.And I'm glad we do.

  8. Thank you for sharing your story. My mother passed away from pancreatic cancer – books were a way to escape for a while. Thank you to all the authors like you who share their talent with us.

  9. Great post Caridad. I've never smoked a day in my life but I have lived every day of my life with smokers: first my parents, then my siblings and now my husband. Thank you for talking today about this.

  10. This was a great post and a great message on a difficult subject. I've been very lucky in my life and no one close to me has suffered from this disease. For that I am so very grateful. My father was smart enough to stop smoking when his doctor told him there might be a spot on his lung and he's still kicking at 86, although his brother died from emphysema.
    I went for my mammogram this year and it was fine, then my doctor thought she felt a lump and wanted me to get an ultrasound. I had to go through quite a bit of hassle with the radiologist, who needed extra paperwork from the doctor, and then insisted on a diagnostic mammogram as well before they'd do the ultrasound. I almost gave up several times because it was such a hassle, but I finally got it straightened out, got the tests, and was very grateful to find that I was fine. There was always that little voice in the back of my head that said, it might be important, you better see this through, and I'm glad I did.
    Barbed1951 at aol dot com

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