When I was 21 years old, driving home from my new job straight out of college on a gorgeous spring day, I got a phone call no one expects. My mom told me she was late going to her routine mammogram, and they found something. At this point, I felt terrible because I had cancelled on her for dinner this particular night. I told her I didn't feel good, when in reality I just had a headache from lack of sleep the night before. The guilt I felt is something I may never truly be able to explain.
My mom is my biggest fan, constant supporter, and my best friend. She is there for me literally EVERY time I need her. And I cancelled a dinner when she probably needed me more than ever. Now, I consider myself lucky. The doctors caught it soon enough to where it hadn't spread. She wouldn't have to undergo radiation or chemotherapy. She had surgery where they performed a mastectomy to the side affected and put her on a medication that she would take for the next 12 years to prevent the cancer from coming back. Not everyone's that lucky. Not everyone gets as good of news as that. Women are undergoing radiation, chemotherapy, double mastectomy’s ... Every. Single. Day. Regardless of the degree, these women are STRONG. These women are WARRIORS.
When we hear the word cancer, most of our stomachs drop. We get sad. We think the worst. Don't get me wrong, that feeling is warranted. But what if we try to bring about a positive change out of a horrible disease? Instead of talking about how horrible it is, what if we talk more about what it's doing to bring people together. To fight for a cause. For a cure. In a world where it seems like we're all divided. When someone says "breast cancer", we seem to have a change of heart. October has officially been named breast cancer awareness month.. and for good reason. 1 in 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer over the course of their lifetime. In 2017 alone, 252,710 new cases of invasive breast cancer along with 63,410 of non invasive cases are expected to be diagnosed throughout the calendar year.
Maybe if we looked at our everyday struggles in a different way, we could be coming together for smaller causes too.
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