This post is made possible with support from the American Cancer Society. All opinions are my own.
Last week, I took a moment to reflect on this year. I happened to glance at the calendar and realize how quickly 2020 is passing us by. My twins are almost 12, which seems impossible. This year has granted us with so many memories–both amazing and scary. Friday night game nights with the older kiddos getting to stay up to learn how to play Euchre with us, my business growing unexpectedly, and the uncertainty of what the school year will look like for fall.
Although it’s been trying, I feel like our family bond is stronger than ever. We have never, ever been together this much, and I’ve truly gotten to know my kids at a whole new level. Have we gone a little bonkers at times? OH YEAH.
When I got the reminder from our pediatrician to schedule annual appointments, I made a note of the conversations I’d like to have with her. The HPV vaccine is very important for our family to help prevent cancer in the future.
There seems to be an emphasis on getting it for your daughters, but it is for both boys and girls–something I learned from the American Cancer Society’s website while doing research. There are so many resources that helped me understand why the vaccine is so important.
Since Gabby is now 9 years old and the twins are almost 12, we plan on getting the HPV vaccine at our next appointments. The HPV vaccine is cancer prevention for SIX cancers.
My kids are not great with getting shots, but we’ve gone through a few steps to make sure they know how important vaccines are. Plus, we get to stop at Panera for a special treat on the way home. Sometimes a little sugar helps, right?
To get information, you can visit the HPV information page on the ACS website. There is everything you need to know to be prepared for the conversation with your doctor.