October Breast Cancer Awareness

October Breast Cancer Awareness

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October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The perfect month to schedule an appointment for a mammogram. Early detection is key to reducing your chances for developing breast cancer. Each year, Breast Cancer will affect so many women. Alone with these women, their families are also affected by this disease. Early detection is key to survival rates.

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In My Family

In my family, Breast Cancer has touched all of us and therefore changed all of our lives forever. In many ways it changed the lives of our own children, in the way in which we raised them. I still have trouble talking about that time in my life, even after so many years have passed by. I’ve decided not to go into my life while living with my mom during that horrendous time in my life or the difficulty all of us had after her passing. Instead I want to stress the importance of early detection and self-examination.

Age 47

When my Mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer, she was 46 years old. When she lost her battle with Breast Cancer, she was only 47 years old. My sisters and my brother have all out lived her, myself included. I have 2 nieces, her grand-daughters, who are both approaching that symbolic year in their lives. That symbolic year in my family. My mom had 5 daughters, 9 grand-daughters and 4 great grand-daughters. We all have been Breast Cancer free.

My Mom Aggie

My mom was able to spend time with 3 of her grand-daughters before she passed away. I was in high school when my mom lost her battle with Breast Cancer. She passed away in April on my 16th birthday. That was almost 40 years ago. My mom was diagnosed with Breast Cancer in the 70’s. Back then when you were diagnosed with Breast Cancer, you were basically given a death sentence. Breast Cancer Research and Breast Cancer Awareness has changed the way people think, feel and know about Breast Cancer.

 

Early Detection

There has been huge advancements in technology and in research. Mammograms and self-examination has saved lives. I have been getting a yearly mammogram since I was 30 years old. If you have never had a mammogram, talk to your Doctor. Depending on your age and family history, your Doctor can best advise you as to when you should get a mammogram. Most Insurance plans and Medicare cover the cost of a yearly mammogram. There are free mammograms and low cost mammograms available. Today mammograms can detect a spot the size of a pin-head. That’s truly remarkable.

If my mom would have been diagnosed with Breast Cancer today, I am positive she would have had a fighting chance and maybe she would have had a long and happy life. And me, my sisters and my brother would have had happier lives with with her in it. I am dedicating this post to my Mom and
to All the Brave Women who are fighting their own battles with Breast Cancer.

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Happy Easter and Easter Memories and Happy Halloween Traditions are a look into the past.

For more information about Breast Cancer, go to: Cancer Awareness


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14 thoughts on “October Breast Cancer Awareness”

  • Hi Lynn, Thank you for sharing such a personal story and I'm sorry for the loss of your mother at such a young age. I appreciate you linking up to my Pinktastic BC Awareness party to help raise awareness. Blessings and hugs to you and your family. Holly

    • Hi Holly~ Thank you for stopping by and thank you for your kind comments~ I am so glad to have found Pinktastic BC Awareness Party~ What an awesome party! Hugs to you Holly and Thank you~

  • Lynn- this is a truly lovely tribute to your Mom. I'm so sorry you lost your Mother at such an early age in her life. It's so very hard to live with such a deep loss as this–

    Thank you for your visit- I'm so happy to meet you:)
    Vicki

    • Thank you so much for stopping by today Vicki~ I am so glad I found you wonderful blog and all the wonderful things you do for Breast Cancer~ The Pink Scarf Project and Your Beautiful Nests are amazing~ You are truly remarkable~ Lynn

  • Thanks for the reminder Lynn, as I forgot to put up my "Free your tats day Oct 13" on my blog yesterday. My mother, also had breast cancer, as did her sister. Mom was living with us when she had her breast removed at 80 years old, her sister had both removed in her 50's I believe. Both my sisters have had cancer. I have been blessed this far. I absolutely LOVE the family photo; you are fortunate to have such a wonderful one I am sure. xx

    • Cindy~ I had no idea….it seems everyone has been touched by cancer in some form or another in their lives… I have very few photo's of my family, unfortunately, and I treasure every single one~ xx

  • What a beautiful post! I am glad that your family members are staying free of breast cancer. I always get my mammogram and have for years. I have lost several close friends to breast cancer over the years. Thankfully, I have seen more breast cancer survivors in current years. I think they have made leaps and bounds in the research and treatment.

    • I want to Thank you Betty~ I stopped by to link up to the Football Blitz Party that you co-host and saw your Ribbon…it got me thinking about my mom and I decided to write this post. Awareness, Knowledge, and Mammograms are so important:) Thanks Betty~ Lynn

  • Dawn, Thank you so much for your kind words. Even if money gets tight, we still try to donate to; Breast Cancer Research and Wisconsin Children's Hospital. I am amazed at how much mammograms have changed over the years. I think they can detect some thing as small as the size of a pin head. Thank you so much for stopping by today:) Lynn

  • I'm so sorry for your loss. She was so young. It is amazing how much progress Breast Cancer Research has been able to make. For me, it is one of three organizations I will donate money to. We don't have very much, so we are more deliberate with where we financially donate. Breast Cancer Research is one {actually, cancer in general, Pancreatic Cancer and Breast Cancer rotate each year in our giving} for this year. I hope that you and your family stay BC free!

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