October is a very important month for me.
It is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's also the month of my mom's birthday--a day when she can celebrate another year of being alive.
When I was 14, my mom was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer.
She found the lump in her armpit during a routine exam. Her doctor thought it was an inflamed lymph node and wrote her a prescription for antibiotics. When the prescription ran out, the lump was still there.
The lump was removed on Monday, February 14, 2000. On Friday, we found out it was cancer.
I watched my mother go bald. I watched her suffer through six months of chemo, some of which left her unable to walk, eat, or bathe herself. It watched her go from a vibrant young woman, to a sick, old cancer patient.
But the six months of pain and suffering were worth it. She survived. Many others don’t. Over 40,000 women will die this year from breast cancer.
PLEASE ladies, go get your mammogram. Don’t become another unnecessary statistic. The two minutes of discomfort of getting your boobs smashed in is better than a lifetime of worrying whether or not your cancer will return, or of the pain you will cause your family if they catch the cancer too late. If you catch it early, you have a 98% chance of beating this disease!
It’s not too late. Schedule your appointment today.
PS: In case you haven't noticed, my blog is PINK for the month of October. For more information, visit http://pinkforoctober.org/,