Not to make light of those who know or have lost someone to Breast Cancer, I would like to point out that October is also Spina Bifida Awareness Month.
For you young mothers-to-be out there, Spina Bifida is the most common birth defect that affects children. Greater than Down's Syndrome or Muscular Dystrophy (the Jerry Lewis gig).
Please be sure that you are taking folic acid supplements prior to becoming pregnant. It can reduce your child's' chances of being effected by 70%. Spina Bifida (a neural tube defect) occurs before you are aware you are pregnant.
My darling daughter (pretty isn't she?)
manages very well despite her disability, attending university and majoring in meteorology. Not all children are so lucky. Please be vigilant in protecting your unborn child, but also realize that a diagnosis of Spina Bifida need not mean the end of your dreams, only a change in the path a falling star travels.
Hugs to all you moms!