October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Cancer touches everyone, in my case, my mother, cousin, aunts, and great-aunts were all diagnosed with breast cancer. My mother was diagnosed at 36 years old. After undergoing a radical mastectomy, and subsequent treatment, she survived and has been a survivor for 30 years! I thank God everyday for my mom and I am so thankful that early detection, she found the lump herself, saved her life.
My cousin was not so lucky, she was diagnosed at the age of 39 while pregnant, although she fought a brave fight for 3 years, sadly she passed away 5 years ago on Thanksgiving weekend, leaving 3 children behind. Her own mother was diagnosed just 2 years ago and I am happy to report that she is doing well and is cancer free.
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I am diligent about doing my own breast exams and you should be too. In addition, ladies, it is your body, you are legally entitled to a mammogram. Do not let the media convince you that a mammogram is unnecessary. Be your own advocate and take charge of your life. I have been having monograms yearly since I was 19 years old, and I won’t lie to you, sometimes it is uncomfortable, but frankly I would rather be uncomfortable for a few minutes than not here at all. Know your family history, practice self breast exams, and get a mammogram! Take care of yourselves as well as you take care of your family and friends.
Go out this month and Walk for the Cure, purchase any and all pink products that you see from Yoplait, to Coke, to Campbell’s soup, all of these products and many more donate part of their proceeds to breast cancer research.
I LOVE YOU MOM, AND I THANK GOD FOR YOU EVERYDAY! THANK YOU FOR SURVIVING TO MAKE ME THE WOMAN THAT I AM.