Every month, like clockwork, I received a reminder email from my best friend, Cara, with a the subject line “BUDDY CHECK”. Inside this email is a sincere and genuine reminder to do my self-breast exam. It doesn’t just come in October for Breast Cancer Awareness month, it comes every month and to me it is not only a reminder but also a virtual hug from my best pal who I don’t get to see as often as I’d like.
Within each of these emails it typically contains 3 things:
- a reminder to do my self exam
- a way you can contribute to awareness and
- a story, event or questions that she wants us to learn from or think about.
Here was her question at the end of last September email:
WHERE WERE YOU WHEN BREAST CANCER IMPACTED YOUR LIFE?
Here was her response:
I personally remember the moment as if it was yesterday. I called my sister to see if she had heard from her doctor, but she wasn’t answering her office phone. I called her cell phone and I could tell by the tone in her voice that the results were not what we were hoping for. This is when she told me that the results were positive; she had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I can tell you the exact place I was at that moment. It was as if time stood still…almost like something you would see in a movie. I lost my breath. I sat in my car in a daze with my phone to my ear. For me, this is where the mission to try to make a difference in the fight against this disease initially began. If this was such a profound moment in my life, I can’t even begin to fathom what it was like for my sister.
Although I have not received that phone call that was branded in memory (and I hope that call never comes) I do know many amazing women that I love dearly that have: Tiffany, the sister referenced above, who was 36 when she was diagnosed; my mother’s cousin, Cynthia (I call her my aunt but technically she is a 2nd cousin) who is now a breast cancer survivor, or Janine a close family friend who is a survivor and will be completed the 3 day, 60 mile Susan G. Komen Walk for the Cure in San Diego in a few weeks. NICE JOB J-9!
So, the question was poignant nonetheless and made me think about the reason she send these emails every month, so we can early detect and ensure if I do get that call, or make the call, that the survival rate is higher.
Do your breast exams!
Tell your friends, sisters, aunts, mother in laws, mothers, daughters, cousins to do the same.
Early detection is crucial to the survivor rates.
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