As everyone is aware - October is breast cancer awareness month.
Most of you know that my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in October 2009 (even though I didn't tell you all about until January). Well, two years have passed. She's lost a breast. Had a port put in...and subsequently taken back out. Gone through chemo, HER2 treatments, nausea, exhaustion and a week long hospital stay for a pulmonary embolism. But, SHE'S HEALTHY!!!!
Breast cancer runs in my family. Mom had it, grandma had it, multiple great aunts, my second cousin and based on geneological research - a whole crap-load (yep, technical term) of other women in my family have had it. Most beat it. Some didn't.
That makes me and other women that I love a whole lot high risk. But here's the good news...I go to all my mom's check ups with her at the Dana Farber Cancer Center. Heck, I even tweeted how much I want to steal one of the love seats in the radiology waiting room!! I have a great relationship with the doctor who I'd choose to be my oncologist. Hopefully, I'll never need to use that info! But it's a comfort to know that I have it.
In the meantime, I'm adamant that people try to find a better cure. Something that doesn't involve the over a year and a half of active medical treatment that my mom went through. But that takes money. I'll never have the millions that it takes to fund research. But I can do my part to support the cause.
I'm happy to announce that anything in the "THINK PINK" section of my Etsy store has an associated donation to the Susan G. Komen Foundation. It's not a lot...but it helps!! And every woman needs a little pink in her life. Right?! :-)