My grandmother had breast cancer – and though she survived, the possibility of it being hereditary was always in the back of my mind as I got older. 2 years ago, I discovered my first lump. I tried not to panic as I made the doctors appointment, but fear can be an all-consuming feeling. Thankfully, the mammogram showed that it was benign…still they continued to watch it closely for another full year to ensure it stayed that way.
A few months ago, I went to what I thought would be my last appointment. To my surprise, they located another lump that now must be monitored frequently. As I walked out of that office and saw the dozens of women sitting in the waiting room, I couldn’t help but feel fortunate & sad at the same time. Every day there are hundreds, probably even thousands, who have the opposite outcome. And the mammograms & ultrasounds I must schedule every 6 months simply pale in comparison to the treatments that countless others have to endure.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. I am sharing my story to reinforce the importance of early detection. As this month continues, I will be collaborating with some companies to host giveaways & feature products that are tied to this cause. I hope you will join with me in support of organizations working to put an end to this devastating disease. For those women who are fighting this battle & for those who have lost…let’s never stop trying to find a cure.