Hope that my mother and grandmother’s breast cancers never come back…
Hope that someday, somehwhere, somehow that someone finds a preventative cure…
Hope that should I be next in line that I have the courage and the strength to fight…
-Like my Mother
-Like my Grandmother
-Like my Friends
Hope that my daughter never has to fight the fight whether by luck or by science…
-and if she does, Hope that I have passed along to her the inspiration, courage and strength that my mother and grandmother gave to me.
How Breast Cancer Has Touched My Life
I can’t ever remember not knowing about breast cancer. My grandmother fought it when I was a child, my mother just finished treatment a year ago. My Aunt Jeannie fought hard against breast cancer but she ultimately lost the battle. It’s in our family and I worry for my daughter’s sake that it isn’t going away any time soon. I wrote this just five months ago,
As many of you know, I’ve talked a lot in the last year about Breast Cancer. I’ll never forget the day out on my parents’ back deck when my Mom said, “I need to talk to you.” My heart skipped, my eyes watered and I just knew what she was going to say. “They found something on my mammogram. But, its probably nothing.” And I knew it was far from nothing, it was breast cancer. I didn’t need the results of a biopsy. I was already convinced. Sadly, I was right. My mom had breast cancer. Like her mom who has been a survivor for years and her aunt who sadly wasn’t as lucky.
She had the biopsy, then the lumpectomy and the weeks of radiation treatments. And, today, about a year later, she is cancer free! Throughout all of this, she was uninsured. In fact, she was diagnosed within weeks of my dad being laid off from his job of over 30 years when the company closed completely unexpectedly. Last year was a rough year for both of them and it broke my heart. But, because of fundraisers like this one not having insurance never meant that mom couldn’t have treatment to become and remain cancer free!
I won’t bring up Obama Care (oops, I just did) but true story- my Dad, a welder for over 30 years at the same company lost his job due to the comany’s bankruptcy. It wasn’t ever expected, the company was a pillar of the community and then it was gone. Less than a week later, my mother finally gave in to her doctor’s request that she have her routine mammogram because she was already high-risk. She decided to go ahead and get the mammogram because her insurance would be ending that month as she was insured through my Dad. Talk about timing- and not so great luck…
I’d like to mention one group that was paramount in my mom’s treatment. Through Medicaid she was able to receive her actualy treatments. However, she was forced to travel thousands of miles over the course of her radiation treatments- all associated costs were out-of-pocket with my Dad just recently unemployed. BreastCancerStories.org a NH nonprofit from the Seacoast area, provided my Mother with enough gas cards to cover almost all of her treatment related travel. Without their help we shudder to think of what it would have been like financially for them at that time in addition to the emotional and physical tolls breast cancer was taking on my Mom.
Breast Cancer Awareness Tattoo
In light of the nasty bitch that breast cancer really is I wanted to write this today to help spread awareness and direct you to some resources for donating, raising awareness and learning more about breast cancer. Last week, I used body art as a way to remind myself daily of the Hope in my heart. I also wrote the poem above about Hope. The new tattoo is pictured in the collage above as well, in the top right. Yup, I’m a tattooed mama! Actually, this is probably one of my smallest tattoos but tops the list of favorites!! Oh, and by the way- my mom got herself this breast cancer awareness tattoo:
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
This October, ButeauFull Chaos is proud to participate in National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. About 1 in 8 women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point during her life. After skin cancer, breast cancer is the most common kind of cancer in women. The good news is that many women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early.
- If you are age 40 to 49, talk with your doctor about when to start getting mammograms and how often to get them.
- Women ages 50 to 74 need mammograms every 2 years. You may choose to start getting mammograms earlier or to get them more often.
- Talk to a doctor about your risk for breast cancer, especially if a close family member has had breast or ovarian cancer. Your doctor can help you decide when and how often to get mammograms.
National Breast Cancer Resources
more » www.acr.org
more » www.amwa-doc.org
more » www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation
more » www.komen.org
Are You on Twitter?
Here are som Sample tweets to send:
- Show you care. Send an e-card with breast cancer prevention and screening info to a loved one: http://1.usa.gov/XQUnj7
- Q. What is a mammogram? A. A mammogram is an x ray of the breast to check for breast cancer. Find out more: http://1.usa.gov/13uheVg
- Nervous about getting a mammogram? Watch this short video about mammograms and what to expect: http://1.usa.gov/fKtUB
- If breast or ovarian cancer runs in your family, talk with your doctor. More: http://1.usa.gov/XuC3NE
- Did you know? Breast cancer can occur in men. Over 2,000 men are diagnosed each year. More: http://1.usa.gov/HSlf4
- Worried about cost? Mammograms are covered for women over age 40 under the health care reform law. More: http://1.usa.gov/159zd67