Wednesday, August 31, 2011

The gift you give yourself.

This has nothing to do with writing. It is still a message I am anxious and passionate to share.


My sweet mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer 20 months ago. After a double mastectomy and months of chemotherapy we thought she had it beat. 2 months ago we found out the cancer had returned and was terminal. Any day now she will leave this mortal existence and pass to the other side. She has been valiant throughout this journey. She has maintained her sense of humor and delightful outlook on life. She has been an example of enduring to the end. I am so sad she is leaving us. She is only 68 years old.

She hadn't had a mammogram in 10 years.

Please, please, please don't put off your mammograms, or your colonoscopies, or your annual exams.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. Spread the word.


Jennie said...

And may I add that women who have breast cancer in their families shouldn't wait until age forty to start having mammograms. For many women that's too late. I had breast cancer seventeen years ago and I'm a survivor because I did regular self exams and had a base mammogram on file at age 35. At the first suspicion of change I made an appointment with my doctor.

Anna Buttimore said...

I've never had a mammogram. I think here they start being offered at 50. But when Val died I finally had the smear test I'd been putting off for years. Michelle, I'm so sorry for what your mother-in-law and the family are going through. My prayers are with you all.