Advocating for breast cancer awareness, Eastern Michigan University’s You Beautiful Black Woman (YBBW) student group presented For the Love of Boobies on Tuesday, Oct.Advocating for breast cancer awareness, Eastern Michigan University’s You Beautiful Black Woman (YBBW) student group presented For the Love of Boobies on Tuesday, Oct. 18 in the Student Center.
Members of YBBW took turns providing the audience with information regarding breast cancer. The speakers covered risk factors, signs and symptoms, and preemptive interventions.
“I think you need to get to know your body,” Linda Arnsdorf, nurse practitioner of EMU’s Snow Health Center. She encouraged awareness through self-examinations, and expressed that early discovery can help increase the likelihood of successful intervention.
Shanell Leonard, EMU senior officer within YBBW told audience members to take away the importance of knowing how to do it examine] yourself, and she also shared that breast cancer is high in minority women.
Lavonia Criner, guest speaker, and breast cancer survivor shared her experiences. “Attitude is extremely important. You just have to grab the bull by the horns and deal with it,” said Criner in relation to how she has coped with her diagnosis and treatment.
Reflecting how this presentation impacted her the most, Melody Glynn, EMU freshman, shared, “I would tell people to do their research.” Asked what the mention of breast cancer evoked in her, Melody Glynn, EMU freshman, shared the word “survivor,” a response echoed by many of the event attendees.