#OneJourney, Many Paths: Win a Vitamix from @SaintAgnesMD and @BGG2WL!

#OneJourney, Many Paths: Win a Vitamix from @SaintAgnesMD and @BGG2WL!

Did you know African-American women have a higher incidence rate of breast cancer before age 40?

Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women in the United States, accounting for almost 30% of newly diagnosed cancers?

Did you know that in 2013, 32% of Saint Agnes Hospital’s breast cancer patients were African American?

Did you know that African American women are more likely to die from breast cancer at all ages?

No? Well, that’s why I’m partnering with Saint Agnes Hospital of Baltimore, Maryland to help you understand the challenges we’re up against when it comes to breast cancer, and what it’s going to take to protect ourselves and support our loved ones through the trying experience of overcoming this disease.


And what spreads the word better than a giveaway?

The Comprehensive Breast Center at Saint Agnes presents highly recognized physicians at the forefromt of advanced techniques, equipment, and clinical trials. The team is a trailblazer in breast cancer treatment. Saint Agnes Hospital is one of the first in the state of Maryland to implement a multi-disciplinary team approach to breast cancer treatment, bringing together a variety of specialists to create one comprehensive plan under one roof. The first center in Maryland to use Tomotherapy radiation technology, Saint Agnes provides greater precision over older techniques where radiation would encompass the entire tumor but result in significantly more radiation to surrounding organs.

As one of the first hospitals nationwide to be fully accredited by the National Accreditation Program of Breast Centers, Saint Agnes is the first and only breast center in Maryland to use Accuboost technology, providing a safer and more effective radiation option for their patients.

To spread the word about Saint Agnes’ commitment to breast cancer prevention and care, they are giving away an amazing Vitamix 5200!

Saint Agnes wants you to know how to catch any concerns early on:

  • Ages 20-34: administer breast self-examinations monthly, and get a physical exam by a trained pro every 3 years
  • Ages 35-39:  Monthly self-examinations, physical exam every three years, and a mammogram for reference
  • Ages 40+: Monthly self-exams, professional exam yearly, and a mammogram yearly
  • Have family history of breast cancer? Get a mammogram every six months!

And, to help you help us spread the word…. use the following options to enter into the giveaway!

Entries close October 17st, 2014 at 8AM EDT, and the winner will be awarded that afternoon! Good luck!

By | 2014-10-02T17:38:18+00:00 October 2nd, 2014|Giveaways|36 Comments

About the Author:

The proud leader of the #bgg2wlarmy, Erika Nicole Kendall writes food and fitness, body image and beauty, and more here at #bgg2wl. After losing over 150lbs, Kendall became a personal trainer certified in fitness nutrition, women's fitness, and weight loss by the National Academy of Sports Medicine. She is also certified in sports nutrition by Precision Nutrition. She now lives in New York with her husband and children, and is working on her 6th and 7th certifications because she likes having alphabet soup at the end of her name.


  1. Angela (@AquaGoddessDC) October 2, 2014 at 4:59 PM - Reply

    Since August of last year, I have been getting mammograms every 3-6 months to check on some spots that have appeared on my films. My next diagnostic is on the 25th, and my fervent prayer is that it will prove not to be anything other than benign calcium deposits; however, I take comfort in knowing that friends from high school and college have beaten this disease, and I lace up regularly to race and raise money to find a cure and preventative treatments.

    Actually, this is the first time I’m sharing any of this beyond my medical team and two others. I’ve been working on getting regular exercise and eating clean to help improve my chances of avoiding cancer. No matter what, though, I intend to live…and to thrive regardless.

  2. Molly J October 2, 2014 at 8:28 PM - Reply

    One of my co-workers was just told that her breast cancer is finally gone. I supported her by a giving her my extra freezer so she could stock up on healthy food before her chemo. She is amazing!

  3. Rodina Harrison October 3, 2014 at 8:01 AM - Reply

    When my 2nd Mom (best friend’s Mom) was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, I took off of work when she went through her double Mastectomy for morale support. I did her hair when she didn’t like what the chemo was doing to it. Drove her to appointments, when my bestie was unable too. Just there to talk, listen and nurse her back to health. I am happy to say it has been two years and she is breast cancer free.

  4. Vion October 5, 2014 at 11:51 AM - Reply

    My mother found a lump in her breast when I was young. I remember how scared all of us were. Luckily she had it removed and it was found benign, but ever since then, I’ve made an effort to donate to all the cancer foundations when possible and participate in a few walks.

  5. Milaxx October 5, 2014 at 5:47 PM - Reply

    My best friend has breast cancer and a recurrence 6 years later. She’s fine now but both times were scary. She was fortunate enough to gave good insurance and enough money to get really good care. I just made myself available foe whatever’ she needed. A right to the store, a meal, a chat. Whatever it was I tried my best to be available.

  6. Heather October 5, 2014 at 7:46 PM - Reply

    I’ve never personally had breast cancer but I saw my great grandmother went through it. I was there with her to support her through the hard times just spending time reading and laying with her.

  7. Maui October 6, 2014 at 1:41 PM - Reply

    Breast cancer runs in my family. My mother and her sisters have each had tumors removed. My first experience with it, I was still in the womb- my mother had a lumpectomy done under local anesthesia while she was pregnant with me. She said she wanted to nurse me, so she wanted that tumor out of there before I got here. Her second lumpectomy was when I was 9 or 10. Both times the nature of the tumor was “borderline”, but technically, she’s been in remission for my entire life. My parents minimized the situation because my sister and I were so young and they didn’t want to frighten us, so we didn’t discuss it much until I became an adult. Now, as a black woman with Southern roots, I’ve got a genetic predispostion to just about all of the top ten causes of death in the US. What I’m grateful for is that my family communicates our history, so that I am well aware of the risks I face and can try to live my life in a way that minimizes them, and so that I can take the appropriate testing measures to catch things early. Some women may have no idea that their mother had he first brush with breast cancer at 32, and not get serious about testing until they’re 40+. I am very grateful for my mother’s candor, and that she’s still here for me to reassure, after all these years. It seems odd, soothing her fears about something that happened while I was a child, but years later she still had concerns about how she handled it when it came to us. I guess the way I support her is by telling her she did an amazing job 🙂

  8. DLWhite October 6, 2014 at 3:05 PM - Reply

    Barbells for Boobs. KNowhutahmsayin’? Have supported this program for four years, I think it’s extremely vital to be able to see where your money goes, not just into some big pink pit.

  9. Jae Young October 6, 2014 at 5:34 PM - Reply

    I’ve really tried to encourage those in my life who’ve had breast cancer, mostly just one friend but it seems like I’m one degree removed from many folks who have had breast cancer, to really focus on themselves and pursue their health and well being.

  10. Tracy October 6, 2014 at 8:28 PM - Reply

    My aunt was diagnosed with breast cancer. However, because it was detected early, she was able to fight and win! I will be forever proud of her and will always advocate for screenings and self-examinations! Early detection saves lives!

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