Good Morning Everyone! I hope you had a great weekend! I am exhausted, so this post may be a bit short. We went to the Swan Ball at Cheekwood Botanical Gardens here in Nashville on Saturday night. I did not get in my bed until 2:30, and for me, that is a big deal!!! It was a lovely event and the entertainment was awesome. This year it was Jennifer Hudson and she was AMAZING!!! That girl can belt it!!! It was so good to see our old friends, some of whom we hadn’t seen in fifteen years!
Yesterday was National Cancer Survivors Day. I had know idea until I saw it on Facebook. If I had known, I would have celebrated big! It does, however, make me want to remind you all how important it is to really know your body. Not that that would have helped in my diagnosis, but it does most of the time. I hear women and men, who suspect something is different, say that they will wait a while to see if things change. I am telling you, don’t wait! Did you know, that about 10% of breast cancer patients will learn that they are already Stage 4 at the time of the initial diagnosis. Another 30% will reach this stage even if their initial cancers were caught at an early stage. Stage 4 means it has already spread to another part of the body! If something seems different, go to the doctor and let them tell you it’s nothing! Don’t ever think you are bothering your doctor…that’s why we have them! I think, as we get older, we need to be extra vigilant with our health!
The other thing that I really want to emphasize, is that if you have daughters, please talk with them about breast cancer! I read every single day, on a support group that I am part of , that another young woman is diagnosed with TNBC (granted I am reading on a Triple Negative group). The scary thing with this Triple Negative Breast Cancer, is that it doesn’t care how old you are. Some of these girls are in their 20’s!!! Most of them are in their 30’s, and many are being diagnosed while they are pregnant! Yes, I said pregnant, and guess what they are having to do while they are? Chemotherapy. These girls are petrified out of their minds! Can you imagine? I will say that most of these girls go on to have healthy babies, thank God!!!
If you are a survivor reading this, God Bless You! You are here and I hope you did celebrate your life yesterday! For the rest of you, I don’t want you to go down that road, so pay attention to your health, and educate your loved ones! Well, this was a longer post than I set out to write, but it’s really important for me to remind you all.
Have a great day, and thank you for reading!!!