Monday, 11 June 2012

Please check your breasts

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Another friend of mine has been diagnosed with breast cancer.

She is a young woman in the prime of her life. A mother of two beautiful daughters. She has no family history of breast cancer. She has never smoked and drinks little alcohol. She eats well, isn't overweight, and lives a sustainable lifestyle. Damn it. She is the picture of health and the envy of her peers.

It isn't fair. She just has cancer. They don't know why.

She has already quietly triumphed through the first stage of her treatment. She is stoic and hopeful.

"They got it early" she told me, with only the hint of a quiver in her voice. "You did". I thought. "Clever you".

She has a good prognosis but it is still a tough road ahead.

She has become a breast cancer statistic.

One in eight women.

Have you checked your breasts lately?


DancingInTheRain said...

That is tough.
A good reminder to stay vigilant.

Kelly Exeter said...

I hate cancer beyond reason. It doesn't discriminate, it doesn't care what kind of person you are, what kind of life you've lived - it's just a right bastard :(

Anonymous said...

It's so damn unfair.

Nat - Muddy Farmwife said...

One in eight, So unfair. Wishing your friend luck for her battle.

Ros said...

Scary, isn't it? Hope she continues with the treatment so well. Will do.

Mum on the Run said...

I'm sorry to hear of your friend's fight.
I wish her all the strength and support to kick that cancer's butt.

Anonymous said...

That C is such a bitch...lov and light to your friend xx

Miss Pink said...

Oh this is just simply not fair at all. I am hoping that her outlook continues to be good. That the cancer fucks off and leaves her and her family alone for good.

I am going to admit I have never ever checked myself for cancer. Or been checked. Other than the two pap smears I've had, both at my post baby check up's.
I have no idea how to even check for a lump.

Shelley said...

Cancer sucks. Hugs to you and your friend. Thank you for the reminder xo

Mama of 2 boys said...

Oh geez MM, I am really sorry to read this about your friend. It IS totally unfair and quite frightening how many friends and family the dreaded C touches.
Thanks for keeping that awareness up... sometimes a reminder is all we need to start being more vigilant.
Positive thoughts to your friend for her fight xoxo

River said...

A much loved friend of mine has lived a healthy lifestyle all her life, yet she has been battling cancer for 4-5 years now. she's had radiation, chemo, other treatments and surgery, the cancers have been removed only to turn up again in another part of her body. Now she has a new tumor again and this time there is nothing they can do for her. when I heard, I just cried and cried. I have a mammogram every second year.

Cathy said...

Love and strength to your friend. It's so scary. I've had two close friends, both younger than me, be diagnosed with breast cancer. Thankfully, both have survived. All we can do is be vigilant and pray xx

Kirsty @ Bowerbird Blue said...

Checking my breasts right now. Your poor friend, thanks for the reminder.

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