Be pink. It’s breast cancer awareness month ? I have never really told anybody, but back when I had just started medical school, I found a breast lump after taking birth control pills to regulate my period, being I was an athlete and very active, I desired regular periods. I took the pills for only 6 months, and found a lump which was confirmed by my PCP at the time, one of my med school attendings. I have no family history of any types of cancer. So, after imaging, we decided it’d be best to have a lumpectomy, not just a biopsy. Pathology came back unclear, but it wasn’t a simple benign lump. I tell my story, as a physician, an advocate for proactive health (whether female or male), to empower you to take charge of your health and wellness, whether it be mental or physical. As a physician, I stress the importance of paying attention to every sign your body is telling you. Our bodies are miraculous, always wanting to heal. When the homeostasis of our body is disturbed, we create a dis-ease state. See how that word is broken down into. Being that it is breast cancer month, I want all my patients, women and men, because yes, men do get breast cancer as well, to develop a heightened sense of awareness and be proactive about your health. Your health is an investment, not an expense! Take care of your body. It’s the only place you have to live in this life.