"This month is not about pink," said Officer Jill Ziese with the Brown Deer Police Department. "It's about people, and family and friends that battle this disease every day."
That disease is breast cancer. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Officer Ziese took to Twitter to share her story, and to encourage others to be proactive in getting checked.
1 of 2 #breastcancerawareness #ThinkPink #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #Humanize pic.twitter.com/nZPfilZTsA— Brown Deer PD (@BrownDeerWIPD) October 7, 2019
Officer Ziese was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer in 2015. She was diagnosed again in 2017. She has now been cancer-free for one year.
2of2 #BreastCancerAwarenessMonth #ThinkPink #Humanize pic.twitter.com/XRflEottF0— Brown Deer PD (@BrownDeerWIPD) October 7, 2019
"I want to share my story to encourage others to complete self-checks, to make the commitment to your family members, to make the commitment to your friends, to make the commitment to everyone involved in your life," she said.
Brown Deer police officers will be wearing pins throughout the month of October in honor of those who have, or who are currently fighting breast cancer.
For information on self-exams, visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation's website.