Posted at: 05/28/2013 5:55 PM
Updated at: 05/29/2013 9:05 AM
By: Benita Zahn
"I am the fourth generation in my family to have breast cancer and my mother never talked about it. It was the pink elephant in the room" explains Connie Braemer. So when, at age 39, she was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 years ago she was determined to break the silence and change the game. She didn't want her two young children to have unanswered questions
" I just learned from that that I wish I had been able to talk more about it with her and my talking about it might help somebody else to know that they're not alone. "
So she wrote a book: How Connie got her rack back. After her workday as a national sales manager for a finance company - she kept a journal - noting all the positive and humorous things she encountered.
"It was about me taking an inner look at things and not seeing all the bad in cancer but what could be the bright side of it" says Connie.
Part of the bright side was learning the importance of listening to her body. After all, she found the tumors that were cancerous less than a year after an all clear mammogram.
"Be vigilante with your health and watch for it. Watch for things that aren't right with your body. I found my cancer because I had a pain in my chest."
Her empowerment has gone one more step. She's now proving a powerful fundraiser. Last year she hosted an event that netted 46-hundred dollars for the American Cancer Society's Making Strides against breast cancer. This year she's got her sites set on raising 10-grand. After all, helping to find a cure for breast cancer is personal.
"I don't want my daughter or anybody else's daughter to be the 5th generation. It's gotta end. "
You can join Connie at her event on June 1st from 7pm-10 pm at the Hilton Garden Inn, Clifton Park. Tickets are $65. For more info go to http://getyourrackback.com/