It can happen to anyone, but if we’re all educated on the warning signs, then maybe we can help increase the number of breast cancer survivors.
I’m honored to meet any breast cancer survivor.
Their strength won the battle versus cancer.
Many have lost the battle, but it still makes them just as strong!
Here’s A Breast Cancer Survivor…
I don’t know anyone who was diagnosed with breast cancer or died of breast cancer.
Sadly, my family has a history of other types of cancers.
My father had kidney cancer and kicked its ass.
Right now, my uncle is fighting hard for his life against metastatic cancer.
I pray he also survives this battle.
But, to get a better perspective of a breast cancer survivor, I reached out to my co-worker, Megan Scott, who gave me a touching story about her aunt.
She went on an emotional journey with her aunt, and this is what she shared with me:
“Growing up I always have such fond memories of spending time with my Aunt Julie.
We would go garage sale shopping and she would buy me buckets of My Little Ponys and let me spend hours with them in the bathtub.
We would go to the movie rental and always rent two movies: 1 scary movie and 1 cartoon movie to watch after so we didn’t have nightmares! Haha
It was always the two of us, and we were super close.
My Mother was sick, she had Lupus, and quite often our outings together was to give my Mom some time to relax and recuperate.
My Aunt was always very protective of me and during my entire childhood, I never really knew how sick my Mother was because of it.
I was 12 when my mother passed away, and even though my older Sister and I had to move 2,000 miles to live with my Father in California, Aunt Julie was still always there.
Always a phone call away when my Dad wasn’t home and my Sister was busy being a teenager.
Always there to help me grow up and become the woman I am today.
She was always there.
When she called me to tell me she had Breast Cancer, I was broken.
I was living overseas at the time and we stayed in touch through Skype.
She waited till I got back from holidays to break the news.
It was horrible.
I couldn’t imagine losing my Aunt Julie.
Even being so far away, we shared a connection that was so deep and meaningful.
She helped me through some of the most difficult times of my life.
It didn’t matter where we were, we stay connected.
And I couldn’t imagine that connection lost.
I booked a flight as soon as I could to Florida, where her and my Grandma lived.
All I have to say is, my Aunt is one of the toughest women I know.
I was by her side during two of her chemo sessions and stayed with her afterwards.
I knew she was not feeling well, but every time I asked how she was doing, she always tried to stay positive and upbeat.
She was losing her hair because of the chemo and had some wigs donated, so we went to the Farmers Market to a special booth where she had them styled.
She wore them for a couple days, but one day she didn’t.
That day I was truly proud.
She didn’t care what people thought about her and her loss of hair anymore, it just felt better and more natural to go free.
That is the spirit of my Aunt Julie, and even during the darkest time of her life, she still embraced that spirit.
It broke my heart to go back to The Netherlands.
We still Skyped almost every week.
She finished her chemotherapy, had her surgery, and then went through radiation.
She said that the radiation was the worst.
Every day she had to go for 6 weeks.
I could only imagine how tough that was.
When she had her final check up, they said the cancer was in remission!
I remember that Skype conversation like it was yesterday.
We were so happy.
Her hair grew back and when it was long enough, she dyed it pink for Breast Cancer Awareness.
And I have to say, she rocked it so well!
I was always proud of my Aunt Julie and her free spirit, but beating this cancer and being even stronger because of it really makes me proud.
I am so lucky to have her in my life.
It’s unbelievable what women have to go through to beat breast cancer.
My heart goes out to anyone and everyone affected by this disease.
Together, we can spread awareness and prevention methods and hopefully, one day we can beat this thing for good!”
Thank you, Megan, for sharing with me your Aunt Julie’s story. She’s definitely a hero in my book!
Here’s advice from Aunt Julie to those battling cancer:
“If I could give anyone advice on coping with cancer, it would be to stay active, daily walks at least, and continue with your regular life as much as possible during treatment but rest when you need to.”
To All Breast Cancer Survivors…
We want you to know that everyone sees you as a hero.
You fought and you won.
You are and have always been beautiful.
We have been moved and inspired by you.
You are not alone.
Please continue sharing your story with everyone.
Continue to help raise awareness, so one day there could be a cure for breast cancer.
You are the voice, and you help us understand what it’s all about!
Pink October Events
With many advocates and breast cancer survivors hosting events, you too could raise awareness.
Are you considering hosting a breast cancer awareness event in honor of a family member or friend?
Tanya doesn't like to write much about herself, because she's still figuring herself out. Although, if she is to pick a vegetable that describes her it would be an onion. Peel away the layers and she can make you cry...from laughter, that is. Actually maybe she's not an onion, because she smells wonderfully. So yea, she's still figuring herself out. ✌
Truly touching blog! I agree it’s scary to know the facts, but as long as we stay aware and get checked regularly, hopefully we come out okay in the end.
A real shout-out to anyone who has been diagnosed with Cancer. You truly are a hero!
I agree! While there are a lot of organizations helping to raise awareness, I also recommend checking this out: https://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/ . They help give credibility to some companies. Although, not all of the small companies or events may be listed, it’s always good to know where your donations are going!