I was 36 when my mother died from breast cancer. She battled the cancer for eight years with surgery and multiple rounds of chemotherapy. The cancer would go into remission for a period of time but kept coming back. She was brave and courageous in her battle and was finally healed on June 25, 1993 when she went to her heavenly home.
My girls were six and eight when Mom died. God gave us many gifts from this journey with her but one I will never forget. It was about a year after my mom died that my oldest daughter, Jennifer, looked at me with her big brown eyes and asked, “Mom, will you die of breast cancer?” I swallowed hard but looked at her and said with resolve, “Honey, I don’t know but I can promise you to do everything I can to fight it.” I have tried to keep that promise to both my daughters for the past twenty-three years by being proactive in my own health care.
October is breast cancer awareness month and it is important that we care.
Here are a few reasons why:
- One in eight women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.*
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women.*
- Breast cancer is the second leading cause of death among women.*
- You have women in your church and workplace who are breast cancer survivors (2.8 million breast cancer survivors are alive in the US*) or they are currently battling breast cancer. You will also have many who will be indirectly impacted with spouses or family members who have breast cancer. Having an internal network of support, resources, and prayer is important.
- Early detection is still the best cure.
As one breast cancer survivor said to me recently, “be smart, be educated, and be proactive.”
Use the month of October to become personally aware of breast cancer and to make your organization aware. Caring about the health of your team both in proactive health actions and in support of treatment helps to build a strong and caring culture.October is breast cancer awareness month and it's important that we care. Here are 5 reasons why… Click To Tweet
What suggestions would you make in helping others become more aware of breast cancer?
“Praise the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, the Father of mercies and the God of all comfort. He comforts us in all our affliction, so that we may be able to comfort those who are in any kind of affliction, through the comfort we ourselves receive from God.” 2 Corinthians 1:3-4
*stats from the National Breast Cancer Foundation