Do you have any family members you’ve lost to cancer? I do – several of them. One is my grandmother, Beverly, pictured above with my mom (left) and Aunt Suzi. We lost her at age 57 to breast cancer. My family history with cancer is not good, especially on my mother’s side. Most of our relatives have died of this terrible disease, and my mom had cancerous growths removed from her colon in her early 50s.
This is another picture of my Grandma Bev, holding me when I was born. Sadly I never knew her that well because of her untimely death. I hadn’t even turned 12 when she died.
I haven’t said anything on my blog about this, but recently I had a cancer scare. A breast cancer scare. I was terrified when I found a lump in my right breast during a home examination, so I headed the doctor. It was during that visit that the doctor gave me her own exam, but also asked me about my family history, and I told her all of it. The doc actually found THREE lumps. Two on the right, one on the left. She was obviously concerned (especially given my family history), so immediately had me schedule an appointment for a mammogram.
It was a few weeks between that appointment and the mammogram, and I was nervous the entire time (did a lot of praying). But I was also thankful that whatever it was had been found, and that we could figure out how to deal with it. I finally went to the mammogram, got it done (um, those aren’t fun) and a few things looked inconclusive, so they did an ultrasound. I was thrilled to find out that the lumps were benign, and everything was okay. Whew!
It made me think a lot about what all of us can do to prevent cancer. There are the obvious things like regular check ups, but we can also support organizations that work hard to fight breast cancer. American Cancer Society (ACS) is doing this with their Making Strides initiative. This nationwide breast cancer walk is striving to support those that have been affected, empower others, and cheer on survivors, all while fighting to end this disease. There is hope, especially if we all contribute our time to efforts like this.
How has your life been affected by breast cancer?
Making Strides Against Breast Cancer is the American Cancer Society’s nationwide series of walking events to raise funds and awareness to end breast cancer.
Disclosure: Compensation was provided by the American Cancer Society (ACS) via Glam Media. The opinions expressed herein are those of the author and are not indicative of the opinions or positions of the American Cancer Society (ACS).