Yo, everyone! Yes, I know it's been a bit since I've posted, but I am here to tell you this girl's been busy. This is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and being a breast cancer survivor, this month has never been my favorite. It can be a bit overwhelming. But, this year I changed my approach and decided to dive head first into fundraising and speaking engagements for the breast cancer community -- and a part of that is donating proceeds from my book, The Cancer Survivor's Garden Companion: Cultivating Hope, Healing & Joy in the Ground Beneath Your Feet (St. Lynn's Press, January 2016). So I'm announcing a Breast Cancer Beat Down, y'all! Although the book isn't out on bookshelves until January 2016, it's on preorder on Amazon -- and for the entire month of October I will donate 20% of all my preorder proceeds to research for metastatic breast cancer (the only breast cancer that kills). Plus -- my friend and colleague Robin Haglund of Garden Mentors will donate 100% of her Amazon affiliate proceeds if you use this link on her site to preorder the book. So if you were planning to order the book anyway, preorder it this month and make your $$ go for a double donation to wipe out breast cancer. It's a win-win-win-win-win! To clarify -- metastatic breast cancer (Stage IV) is cancer that starts in the breast and then spreads or metastasizes to other parts of the body (brain, lungs, liver, bones, etc.) -- it's incurable, and people diagnosed with it will be in treatment for the rest of their lives. And longevity for those diagnosed is not encouraging. I was diagnosed at a Stage 2-A, but I have a number of friends who are Stage IV, and my own mother died of this back in 1989. So I really hope you join Robin and me this month to focus our attention, our donations and our time to doing our part in finding a cure for this devastating disease. I'm tired of losing friends and family to this, aren't you? Note: Robin also interviewed me on her post -- we talked about how gardens help us to heal, what inspired me to write The Cancer Survivor's Garden Companion, and some of the healthiest plants to add to your garden. Thank you, Robin, for featuring me and joining me in my crusade!