I had some thoughts early this morning. Dangerous, I know…
One of my friends/acquaintances on Facebook posted a selfie of herself five years ago when she was diagnosed with cancer, and today when she is cancer-free.
And it made me think.
For all the sad stories, the friends and mothers and sisters we have lost, there are still a lot of survivors out there.
We don’t always bring attention to ourselves, but we are there, right by your side. Working, laughing, crying. Praying the cancer doesn’t come back.
We don’t want flags or parties or, often, acknowledgement. We just want you to know that we survived.
So say “good morning” when you pass us in the hallway at work or walking around the block. Give a compliment to someone’s shirt or shoes or new hair style. Know that for every one we have lost there is someone who is still here fighting the fight.
I told my friend I was proud of her. And I am. We are the lucky ones who are still here and able to make others feel better. And we will always try to do that.
You never know where they’ve been.
This is not my usual blog — well, it IS about being middle aged, and it IS about the madness we encounter, and it IS about the magic that saves us — I guess this is just a quickie blog.
But an important blog.
I had a mammogram three years ago September. They found two cancer nodules. I had a lumpectomy three years ago October. I followed that fun with radiation and hormone therapy.
I had my annual mammogram Friday. Went to the doctor today.
And I am CANCER FREE.
The point of this little ditty is Get Your Mammogram. Get one friend/family member to get their mammogram. Stop being hung up about having your boobies smushed, someone touching and mushing same said boobies, or the fear of what you may find. The smushing lasts only 30 seconds, the results a lifetime.
Grow up. Get a mammogram. Your life will be better for it. And so will the lives of your friends and families.
And just think — you’ll be around 20 years from now — still reading my blog. How much fun is that??
I’m not a survivor — I’m a player
I’m not a hero — I’m a player
I will be playing the rest of my life
Players remember too
OCTOBER IS CANCER AWARENESS MONTH