I've had 3 of 4 grandparents pass away. Both my maternal grandparents passed away from cancer when I was very young. I actually have no memories of my grandfather as he passed away when I was only a few months old; sadly he never met any of my younger sisters.
Today Pink Hope is encouraging us to wear bright pink lipstick to raise awareness, and encouraging us all to Kiss and Tell.
As horrendous as this is, I actually didn't know what types of cancer affected my grandparents. So I texted my Mum this morning and asked her. Apparently my grandfather passed away at 70 from prostate cancer and my grandmother at 65 (only 5 years older than my Mum is currently!) from colon cancer. Needless to say, my Mum gets tested regularly as she is relatively high risk.
My paternal grandfather also passed away a few years ago from pneumonia and heart problems/complications. My father's side of the family certainly has a history of heart problems, with my uncle and great-uncle passing away from heart attacks.
It's so important to understand your family's medical history so you know what types of things to be wary of.
Kiss and Tell is something everyone can do for their own benefit.
Donating is something you can do for the benefit of women's health research. You can donate via sms below, or transfer funds into their bank account (details on their website) or fundraise.
NB this is not a sponsored post but a great cause.