When I was younger, I never paid much attention to anything but Halloween being the theme of October. I wish I had been taught more about breast cancer and been more aware of it. Its not something that people think about being important to tell younger kids because it generally doesn’t hit the younger population. So even in my younger 20s, it didn’t mean much to me.
Then it hit my family.
One of my best friends (and yes I call her family) was diagnosed with Breast Cancer last year. She was 28. I was with her when she got the phone call and it rocked her life. At that moment, her life changed and I vowed to always been there for her. I stayed as close as she wanted me to… and I wish I had some time to take her to chemo. She understood though, we work at the same place. I saw her before her surgery and spent half the morning holding back tears.. waiting to hear what was going on. Once I got off work, I bought some cookies and took them to her family waiting in the waiting room. Its a blessing and a curse working at the hospital. I was lucky enough to be there when the doctor came out and said that they had gotten ALL THE CANCER!
We visited her a couple times right after the surgery and made sure the boys got to see her. I am proud to say that she is CANCER FREE! I also realized that she was diagnosed and in remission all within her birthday year. She didn’t have to celebrate a birthday with cancer!
It took me a while to write this post but I had to share the story. Breast cancer can hit you at any age so don’t take anything for granted. Get your boobs check and keep on checking them. It can and will save your life. This is a picture of her before her surgery.. we took a trip to Chicago so we could visit a friend and have a great time before the surgery.