October is breast cancer awareness month and there are so many fundraisers that you can take part in to help this cause. The Susan G. Komen foundation is one of the largest and most successful organizations in this fight.
The foundation was started in 1982 by Nancy G. Brinker following the death of her sister, Susan G. Komen, at the age of 36. It took Brinker years to actually break the silence surrounding the disease. She dealt with combative newspapers unwilling to print the words “breast cancer,” but she persevered knowing there were lives that needed to be saved… sisters, mothers and friends all fighting for survival across the globe. Brinker’s unwavering advocacy for the disease lead to new legislation and greater government research funding.
Many of us have personal stories of loved ones battling breast as well as other cancers. To see the patient suffering is heart-breaking, to say the least, but the effect that it has on the loved one’s around the patient is another story. My mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in the 70’s at the age of 35, I was only 5 years old. I can remember, like it was yesterday, over hearing my father on a phone call late one night after he returned from the hospital. I have no idea whom he was speaking with, but he was crying and saying that they weren’t really expecting my mother to survive and how was he going to raise 3 children without her. The pain in his voice still brings tears to my eyes.
My mother’s doctor’s went above and beyond for her. She was in the advanced stages of the disease. She had her breast and surrounding tissue removed. They were actually giving her some type of chemo that she would drink, it was an experimental effort at the time. Miraculously she survived. Now, we all know how aggravating a mother can be at times, I can say that because I am one, but whenever she aggravates me I quickly remind myself how fortunate I am to still have a mother. She is now 74 and doing just fine.
So many children are not as fortunate as I was, please find it in your heart to donate for the cure.
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