In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I wanted to write a blog dedicated to all those women who have bravely fought the battle and to those that love them.
I don’t have breast cancer. I am lucky. I was late for my last mammogram and am not always timely on my self-exams. So, I am lucky!
Honestly, I don’t spend a lot of time thinking about my breasts especially in regard to cancer. I should, but I don’t. It isn’t until I make that appointment to go in for a mammogram that I start to get nervous. That’s when I start to think about my breasts a lot. I wonder if they have changed much since my last test. I think about the shape and color and markings and I wonder if I will be okay. I am lucky, as my last mammogram, about a month ago, came out fine. So, all the changes in my breasts I attribute to middle age. But, that doesn’t get me off the hook. I along with thousands of other woman have to do better about thinking about our breasts.
Some of the women in my life have not been as lucky as me. Last year my partner’s good friend was diagnosed with breast cancer. She had a mastectomy. And pretty much every friend that I have knows someone that has battled Breast Cancer. When I speak to survivors or hear stories of friends, I am reminded of the fragility of life. I also draw strength and inspiration from them. I know that each year more women survive breast cancer. These are tough battles but they can be fought and they can be won. There are simple tasks of prevention that each of us must be responsible for including not being late for self-exams and mammograms. I promise not to be late again! How about you?
This is part of the DailyStrength Breast Cancer Awareness Event which celebrates the strength and courage of all who are going through or are touched in some way by breast cancer.
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If you haven't already, don't miss the special articles that our Experts have written on their personal experience with breast cancer, and TeamDS' Affirmations that are themed around providing hope to those facing the disease.
To all our fighters out there, we are with you!