A few weeks ago, I got a call from a friend. She had just gotten married and moved to a new town. She was commuting for the first time in her life and it was providing very entertaining stories. When I saw it was her calling that morning, I thought it was to give me the latest installment of her commuting disasters. I was in no way prepared for what she said next.
“I have breast cancer.”
I was totally speechless. I had a million questions, but I was totally in shock and I was hardly even able to say anything. I am heartbroken and scared for her. I’m trying to stay optimistic and we are all hoping that she’s going to be just fine, but this has really thrown me for a loop. I’ve known people with breast cancer before…J’s sister-in-law beat it a few years back. But this is the first time it’s hit so close to home, in someone so close to my own age. We all think it won’t happen to us, but this has really made me understand that it can happen to any of us at any time.
Luckily, my friend is smart and she knows her body and she gets regular mammograms. She knew something wasn’t right and she went to the doctor. So hopefully, this was caught early and she’ll be ok.
I was planning to write about something different today, but I then I realized that today is October 1st, the start of breast cancer awareness month. I read an article this morning that stated several statistics including that 1 in 8 women is diagnosed with breast cancer and 108 women die from the disease every day. We raise a lot of money for breast cancer research and treatment every year, but it seems we aren’t doing enough to raise our own awareness.
The most important thing you can do is know your own body. Be aware of what is normal for you so you will be aware of any changes that happen. And go to the doctor. Get a mammogram. I know it’s not the most fun thing you’ll ever do…but it’s not the worst and it could save your life. If you don’t have insurance and you can’t afford to get screened click here and find a provider that offers low-cost or free screenings.
Now…go feel yourself up…and made that appointment you’ve been putting off. (Kelly…I’m totally talking to you right now!)