A year ago we went through a breast cancer scare due to an abnormal rash on my breast that they could not figure out. I was 34, a mother to 7 kids and I was scared.
I underwent a large biopsy on my breast where they took off a chunk of skin on my areola. It was painful. It was emotional. It was something I never want to go through again.
I had a huge outpouring of support from friends. Phone calls and hugs and messages that meant so much to me and helped get me through this as I felt like my world was falling apart. Every day I woke up, afraid to get the phone call that said “you have cancer” – I constantly thought “what if?” and “why?”
Thankfully, it came back negative a week later. But for those 2 weeks – I lived in hell. I thought I was going to die. I thought I was going to leave my children alone on this earth without their mother to be here for them. To hug them and kiss them and guide them and tell them how much I love them every day. I suffered, a lot of times in silence because I knew that my husband didn’t know what to say. What can he say? It will be ok? It won’t be ok. I could have cancer. I could lose my breast. It could spread. I could die. There are just no words that can make anything ok at that point.
Women, get your mammograms and do your breast checks, and if you don’t know how to do it-FIND OUT! Women should not have to go through this. NOBODY should have to go through these emotions and this pain and fear and worry. This month is breast cancer awareness month. If you want to do something to raise awareness-talk about it! If you have a story, please share it with others! THIS is what helps bring awareness all around. Spread the word. Share your story. Be a friend. Share. Care.