Those of you who follow my blog know that, like many of you, my family has been affected with breast cancer. Shortly after my husband and I married, over 10 year ago, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer, which had spread to nearby lymph nodes. She underwent lumpectomy surgery to remove the tumor and lymph nodes, and extensive radiation and chemotherapy.
It was heartbreaking to watch my mother-in-law suffer through treatment. The chemo and radiation made life miserable for her for years, when she should have been enjoying life. Through it all she always remained optimistic and successfully put the cancer into remission for 10 years.
Unfortunately, just as we were celebrating 10 years cancer-free, a bone scan revealed that her breast cancer has now invaded her bones. News that would make most give-up on life, only made her fight harder to survive for her children, grandchildren and new husband. With months of chemo and radiation behind her, she is now able to take a break from treatment and live a normal life.
Breast cancer continues to be one of the top health issues women face. And although so many women are affected with this disease, there are new treatments being developed daily to help women survive. Breast cancer does not have to be a death sentence, but catching it early is KEY! So please, take this month as a reminder to set up your yearly mammogram, or at least your yearly women’s well check-up. Don’t put off having your yearly pap smear. Two close friends have been diagnosed with cervical cancer that was luckily found and easily treated. Had they waited, they may not have been so lucky to preserve their fertility or save their lives.
Sometimes it takes a big event to make us realize how precious life really is. Don’t wait for that moment. Embrace your loved ones and take care of your health!
Does you know a breast cancer survivor? We’d love to hear your story!