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"There is hope until you give up."
~ Nick Vujicic, Life Without Limbs


March 2010
In This Issue
Upcoming Events
College Youth Ambassadors
GIT News
BSE Reminder
A Diary of Healing
GIT Calendar
Affirm Your Dreams
Bridal Fair
8 for March...
Quick Links
The Get In Touch
Girls' Program
Daisy Wheel©
Get In Touch Girls' Program video shoot
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Hello ,

What do the leaves of the "four leaf clover" represent? leaf is for faith...the second for hope...the third for love...and the fourth for luck!

I'm a big believer in luck being "preparedness meeting opportunity" - we make our own luck!

We are "lucky" enough to be able to introduce you to our new College Youth Ambassadors in this issue..."lucky" enough to share some good news from our "Chicagoland" trip in mid-February...and "lucky" enough to be able to provide you with a new way to remind yourself to do your BSE!

So, go and wake up your luck! 

Hope Lives!
  GIT Your Gown On!
Mary Ann Wasil Nilan
Executive Director & Founder,  
Breast Cancer Kickin' Survivor & Health Activist
~ Upcoming Events ~

March 6, 2010
1st Annual "Pretty In Pink" Brunch & "Woman of Strength" Award
Lehigh Valley, PA

March 14-16, 2010
Overseas School Health Nurses Association
2010 Conference
Kaiserslautern, Germany

College Youth Ambassadors...

We'd like to introduce you to some incredible young ladies
from the following universities, all united in our mission
to educate young women everywhere on the importance of BSE
(Breast Self Exam)...
click on any logo and say "hello" to the future!

marquette university logo    Yale University logo 
Wisconsin logo  Johns Hopkins logo
Northeastern University logo

Extra! Extra! Read all about it...

Here I am with GIT Mom-Extraordinaire, Kathy Brechon, mother of our 19-year old "Get In Touch Ambassador of Hope" Amy Brechon.  Amy was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was ony 13 years old. 

Get In Touch did the Chicagoland tour last month, signing up schools from Naperville to Madison, Wisconsin!  Kathy and I were interviewed by the Rockford Register Star, along with the school nurse at Amy's Alma Mater, Belvidere North High School.  Check out the article below, which prompted a phone call from an 81-year old
16-year breast cancer survivor who informed me that because of our Girls' Program & Daisy Wheel,
she finally feels hope in the world of breast cancer.

Kathy & Amy Brechon

By Mike DeDoncker

BELVIDERE - Based on the experience of former student Amy Brechon, an awareness of breast health may be no stronger at any Rock River Valley high school than Belvidere North.

That awareness could be reinforced by a program offered to the school this week by Mary Ann Wasil Nilan, founder and executive director of the Get In Touch Foundation which advocates teaching girls in grades 5 through 12 the importance of and how to do a breast self-exam. The Connecticut-based foundation honored Brechon - a breast cancer survivor after she discovered a lump at age 13 - as its 2009 Woman of Strength last fall and asked the high school for a chance to present its program.

"I'm talking to the other school nurses to see what they want to do and if they are as receptive as I," Belvidere North school nurse Phyllis Dake, who met with Wasil Nilan on Tuesday, said in a telephone interview. "It's promoting health and having the connection with Amy just seems the reason to bring it home."

Dake said she sent information about the foundation's program to the nurses at Belvidere High and Belvidere Central and Belvidere South middle schools to gauge their interest.

"If the middle schools are going to be involved," she said, "I guess that would have to be approved by the school board, but I'm assuming that if the nurses are on board that would pretty much be the determining factor." Dake said, if the other school nurses approve, going to the board would be her next step. Wasil Nilan, who was diagnosed with breast cancer in February 2004 at age 39, said the foundation's copyrighted Get In Touch Girls' Program and Daisy Wheel "is not about breast cancer, it is all about breast health.

"We developed this program specifically because we want girls to be aware of their own bodies, to know what is normal for them. We target girls grades 5 through 12 specifically because fifth grade is typically the grade in which school nurses or health educators begin to talk to girls about health and hygiene and we feel like it's a golden opportunity to incorporate breast health practice into an educational program."

A key to the program is providing the foundation's Daisy Wheel that guides users through eight easy-to-understand steps or "petals" to a breast self-exam using age-appropriate language. The final "petal" encourages the user to discuss any concerns with their mother, a school nurse or teacher or another trusted person.

"You shouldn't be afraid to know what your breasts feel like," Wasil Nilan said. "Be smart, not scared. I say that over and over."

When a school joins the program, the foundation provides Daisy Wheels to a school nurse or another health educator who gets them into the hands of the students.

"What they do with it at that point is up to them," Dake said, "but the idea behind the foundation is that it's repeated year after year (from 5th grade through senior year) so that, by the time they graduate, they've heard it eight times.

"It's like washing your hands. You know the importance of doing it and you just automatically do it. You don't have to analyze why you put soap on your hands when you're washing your hands, so this concept will make it a learned behavior so you don't have to have this grand all-out effort."

The Daisy Wheels are provided free to the schools but students and faculty are asked to participate in a "GIT Your Pink On" Day on the third Friday in October each year and make a $1 donation to Get In Touch. The foundation also provides a free breast self-exam video on its Web site at

More information about the program is available on the Web site or by calling 203-283-5127.

  Frank Glowaty  SS Peter & Paul

Here I am with my hero, Principal Frank Glowaty, from SS Peter & Paul School in Naperville, Illinois
(home of Men's Figure Skating Olympic Gold Medalist Evan Lysacek!) I often tell Frank that
he taught me everything I know about development, marketing and providing the best education
possible to the most important people in the world - children!

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BSE like BYT Reminder...
(Breast Self Exam like Brushing Your Teeth)
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we'll give you a hand! 
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"A Diary of Healing"
...a 48 picture exhibition by Christopher Capozziello...

Last month, The Thomas E. Golden Jr. Center at Saint Thomas More,The Catholic Chapel at Yale University,
was home to photojournalist Christopher Capozziello's "A Diary of Healing" exhibit, telling the photographical story
 of my journey through breast cancer, bi-lateral mastectomy and reconstruction. 

If you are interested in the exhibit and its various formats,
please contact Christopher at 203.314.1714 or
Christopher and I are both available to speak.

STM DoH exhibit MA & Chris
Photojournalist Christopher Capozziello with me at the exhibit at Yale.

Get In Touch Girls' Program video shoot

"...described as honest, unflinching, and intimately poetic,
communicating the stark reality of a life-threatening illness."

 Be sure to check our web-calendar... see what's coming up!
Affirmations - display
Affirm Your Dreams...

Grateful/Blessed Affirmation  Light Shines Affirmation   Abundance Affirmation

Red Mat Publishing is offering its "Affirm Your Dreams" Desk Sets & Keychain Sets and donating $1 to Get In Touch for each set sold!

This offer is available for a limited time...
click here to go to their website and use Coupon Code GITGIVE10
to receive your discount!

april 15th
April 15th is right around the corner...
please consider making a charitable contribution to Get In Touch.

Click the Make a Donation button or send your donation via mail to:
The Get In Touch Foundation
P.O. Box 2144
Milford, CT  06460

Make a Donation

The Wedding Consortium's Bridal Fair
will feature over 20 exhibitors and
a Silent Auction of Five Brand New Wedding Gowns
to benefit Get In Touch 
Sunday, March 21 from 1-4pm
The Fred Astaire Dance Studio -
547B Boston Post Road, Orange, CT
 Admission is Free. 
Call 203.882.9453 to register.

Food Rules

Here are a mere 8 of Michael Pollan's 63 "Food Rules..."

#2     Don't eat anything your great-grandmother wouldn't recognize as food.


#6     Avoid food products that contain more than five ingredients.


#7     Avoid food products containing ingredients that a third grader cannot pronounce.


#13   Eat only foods that will eventually rot.


#19   If it came from a plant eat it;  if it was made in a plant, don't.


#20   It's not food if it arrived through the window of your car.


#21   It's not food if it's called by the same name in every language.


#27   Eat animals that have themselves eaten well. his book and change your life...RUN, don't walk, to get yours today!

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