October 1, 2014

Breast Cancer Awareness bandwagon

You know it's coming.
Tons and tons of tweets, pins and posts about breast cancer awareness month.
I know it can all seem overwhelming and a tad annoying but you need to stop and think about what this campaign has accomplished over the years.  I am not going to get into technical information that anyone with an internet connection can Google and find for themselves.
You know this campaign has helped many, many women make the decision to get checked out, and that is the first and best step to stopping the disease.
Lets face it, it's embarrassing, uncomfortable and just a basic pain in the ass to get your mamo every year.
There is also mountains of evidence that it works.
Everyone knows someone who has been touched by breast cancer.
Everyone can share a story about a Mother, Daughter, Sister, Cousin and Aunt or Friend.
And yes, jumping on the bandwagon for a good cause, I will share mine with you. (it's a wagon worth riding)
My Aunt was faithful with her mamos, or titti sammiches as she liked to call them, every year. Cysts run in her family so she was a faithful follower of the yearly routine.
Biopsy after biopsy showed nothing dangerous, nothing to worry about, so the last mamo she had, she went to see the doctor about the results alone.
We all waited for the yearly phone call saying that she had another cyst and she was fine. But this year we didn't get that call, it was stage 1 breast cancer.
It was a hard day for us all, and I think, as a family we all still carry that guilt for not being there for her when she was given the news, but there was good news in there, because she had her tests done yearly, without fail, it was only stage 1. The diagnosis was good from the beginning. Not to down play the worry at all. It's still a very scary thing to deal with no matter how reassuring the doctors are.
She still had to go through the surgery and through the radiation. It was hard on her and she was strong through out and never lost that positive attitude we all know and love about her.
My Aunt has been cancer free for well over six years now and she doesn't mind sitting you down and giving you a thorough tongue lashing if you don't go get your mamo done every year.
I honestly think if I lied, she would be able to find out.
Who can blame her, she is living proof that early detection can save a life.


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