I have never written an article before nor do I have an editor, so please bear with me and excuse my grammatical errors and novice writing style.
Being October is breast cancer awareness month, I wanted to take a moment to share and remind you and your loved ones to be diligent in getting screened. A very sobering thought...one in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in their life. I happen to be one of them.
It goes without saying cancer is a frightening disease. As a 4 1/2 year breast cancer survivor, hearing those words "you have cancer" will resonate with me forever. However, hearing the words "everything looks good" following each mammogram over the past 4 years reminds me of how vitally important these screenings are. Being able to detect and diagnose cancer in its earliest stages, gives us an optimal fighting chance. Mammograms today lead to a brighter and healthier tomorrow.
My family and I recently participated in our very first Susan G. Komen "Race for the Cure" marathon. As a mother, sister, daughter and very young (smile) nana, I cannot begin to tell you how emotionally touching it was to be a part of this event. To see over 24 thousand people come together in unison to celebrate survivors, remember those we have lost to this disease and literally race for a cure, was both heartwarming and bittersweet. Tears flowed as I realized how fortunate I was to be sharing this experience arm in arm with my precious daughter, while quietly walking just ahead was a young woman holding a picture in tribute to her beloved mom who lost the fight. There are no words....
I can only ask that you each be proactive and nudge that loved one to get screened.
Wishing each of you a healthy, happy, and cancer free tomorrow.