October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month. This October we celebrate 25 years of awareness, education, and empowerment. The American Cancer Society has made great improvements in treatment and early detection saving millions of woman from breast cancer today.
This blog hits close to home for me. My life and my families lives changed dramatically and unexpectedly in July when we found out my mom, Barbara Collins, was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. She was in Nashville and told me that she had to go to the doctor due to an unusual lump. That lump lead to multiple other appointments which eventually lead to the conclusion that she had cancer. Next step, she was scheduled for a double mastectomy removing both of her breasts in my hometown, Kerrville, TX.
Honestly, everything happened so quickly, my parents were in-and-out of doctors offices, and we never really had time as a family to sit down and talk about it. Confused and worried I went home to be with her during the week of her surgery, it was important for me to know that she knew I was there for her, even if I was sitting in the waiting room. I’ve watched her make tremendous strides to recovery. She recovered from her surgery well and was able to enjoy being at my sisters wedding before starting chemo.
Because this type of cancer is so aggressive it is imperative to start treatment immediately, it can spread like wild fire, she had her first round the Monday after our family trip to New Orleans for Hattie (my sister’s) wedding. She chopped her hair, dyed it platinum blonde, and was ready to begin this new stage of her life.
She writes a blog sharing her story with others, she wrote, “I am blessed to be living in an age where technology is what it is, medicine is what it can be and reconstruction of the anatomy is bionic.” (http://madreminutes.blogspot.com/) As she fights I fight with her through prayer and support.
To raise awareness I encourage you to wear a pink ribbon or use other products that support the cause during Breast Cancer Awareness Month or throughout the year. This is a great way to honor survivors and those who are still fighting. Participate in activities that bring awareness about the disease, honor cancer survivors, and help save lives.
As a reminder for woman do monthly breast checks, don’t overlook something that seems unusual. I will proudly wear a ribbon for my mom and those who continue to fight and have survived!