The letter arrived on Wednesday and Bonnie placed it on the kitchen table. It lay there unopened, with Bonnie passing and looking down on it. Tomorrow, I’ll look at it tomorrow.
Thursday. Friday. Then Saturday, Bonnie sat down at the table, carefully opened the envelope. With a deep quiet breath, she slid the white paper out and willed fingers to spread the paper with its crisp precise, perfect folds.
Bonnie heard a sharp inhale of breath coming from someone, and she watched as that someone read the letter and gripping it tightly. That someone slowly followed typed words, reading aloud.
"Your recent mammogram and breast ultrasound showed a finding that requires additional imaging studies, such as additional mammographic view, breast ultrasound, and possibly a breast MRI for a complete evaluation. Most such findings are benign."
That someone read further. "Even though mammograms are the best method for early detection, not all cancers are found with mammograms..."
Bonnie discovered that she herself was holding the paper. A fifth mammogram? What then? Another letter? Oh, dear Lord, help me! Please help me! knowing that He does.
That someone was silent, and silent tears wandered down her cheeks.
Breast cancer is #2 killer in women world-wide. One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Currently there are 3.1 million breast cancer survivors. The chance that a woman will die from breast cancer are 1 in 37 (2.7 %).
Women over 65 are more likely to be diagnosed.
Almost 230,000 women are diagnosed in one year in USA. 55,000 alone in UK are diagnosed in one year.
Men also can also be diagnosed with breast cancer.
This week is designated as Pink Ribbon Week: Find the Cure.