Thursday, October 2, 2008

A Meaningful October

You probably know that October is breast cancer awareness month. It just so happens that today, October 2nd is my mother-in-law's sixth and final round of chemo since her diagnosis earlier this spring. She will begin radiation soon but we are thrilled that her chemo treatments are now over! We have been amazed by her strength and resilience throughout this process, although it is undoubtedly a very difficult thing to endure.

My husband's grandmother survived breast cancer, and one of my dearest friends is also a survivor. I just got the news today that another close friend was recently diagnosed and will be having surgery soon. Breast cancer has never seemed so real to me as it does right now, having it so close to home.

I'm writing this as a reminder to myself and to all of the ladies who might read this to be aware and responsible. My mother-in-law found her lump through her routine mammogram, and my friend who was just diagnosed found hers during a self exam. I know there are countless stories like these and you probably all know someone affected by cancer, but what a powerful reminder for all of us to take action! What better time to start than now?


Hear My Cry said...

Great awareness post, my mil is a survivor.

Anonymous said...

Great awareness post Stacey! My BFF lost her mother to breast cancer. It's touched many of the people around me. I regularly do self exams!

Kevin and Beth Tanner said...

Stacey- I am praying for your family and friends. Thank you for posting this!

I Believe in Miracles said...

My grandmother and 5 of her 6 sisters died of breast cancer. I've always been worried, but I rarely do self exams. Thanks for reminding me to keep on the ball. I'll say a prayer for your MIL.