"Weeping may tarry for the night, but joy comes with the morning." Psalm 30:5

Tuesday, October 12, 2010

October - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some time in their life.  This time it hits close to home.  My youngest sister, Barbara, was diagnosed with breast cancer last month.  No one in our family has ever had cancer so this was a shock.  The good news, if you can say "good news" and "cancer" in the same sentence, is that it was caught very early (Stage 1)  and her prognosis is excellent.  Barbara was also accepted as a patient at M. D. Anderson Cancer Hospital in Houston which is world renowned for cancer care.  She had a lumpectomy Tuesday and will follow that with six weeks of radiation.   This week I am on "nurse duty" while I am in Houston.  The other siblings all live close by so will help out as needed in the coming weeks.

As a reminder, have yearly mammograms!  My doctor suggests to schedule your yearly mammogram the same month as your birthday.  Even though breast cancer is much more prevalent in women, men can have it as well.


becki-c said...

I am so sorry! My prayers are with you and Barbara this week.
Is there anything that I can do to help?

Doris W. in TN said...

I hope the surgery went well and your sister is resting comfortably.

Rhoto said...

Dear Barbara, thank you for going for regular mammograms! You will get well again!!
Warm greetings,
Rhonda, who gets hers every 2 years, as directed in Quebec, Canada.

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Donna said...

I will be praying for Barbara! And I have already scheduled mine for later this month!