This is my yearly discussion about Breast Cancer. First and foremost, pay attention to your girls. If you feel or see something that doesn’t belong, go get it checked out. Get your annual mammogram. Put the fear aside and go get it taken care of RIGHT NOW. Breast Cancer is not a death sentence in this day and age. I am living proof of that. In my mind (ever the optimist) my lump was benign (because 80% of them are) but I still handled the difficult steps of getting it looked at promptly. Then, when it turned out to be cancer, I went through those steps to get it removed, poisoned (with chemotherapy) and radiated.
Yes, it sucked. No, I don’t want to do it again. But guess what? I am still here. My husband was there for me 100%. My friends were there for me 100%. My kids were there for me 100%. I met some new friends along the way. I learned that I don’t look too bad bald, and that life is worth celebrating.
If you know someone with Breast Cancer (or any other type of cancer for that matter) check in with her! Don’t be afraid, just tell her you’re thinking about her. It’s all we need to hear. It gives us strength to keep going. And please, don’t treat us any differently. Breast Cancer doesn’t define us. It’s just a bump in the road.