Friday, October 13, 2017

One in Eight

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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.

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This week is designated as Pink Ribbon Week: Find the Cure. 

23 comments:

  1. That's why early detection is so important.
    And afterwards, a lot of prayer. Because He can heal all things.

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  2. Cancer is something that too many families have learned about. Way too many.

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    1. Oh my. The county where I grew up is called "Cancer Alley" because there are huge numbers of people who are diagnosed.

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  3. The most hideous word in the English langage.

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  4. Everybody seems to have a connection to that ugly word in one way or another.

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    1. When I started writing this, I realized how many friends and family have/had cancer. And, I sadly remembered friends who had breast cancer. Some died.

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  5. Also, if they tell you that you have dense breasts, you should ask for an ultra-sound.

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    1. So true! I didn't realize that pre-menopausal examines tell you those words.

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  6. I know exactly how Bonnie feels, having had a similar letter a couple of years ago. Further examination found the 'problem area' to be a fatty cyst, nothing to worry about. I think I skipped all the way home. Hoping that Bonnie gets a similar good result.

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  7. Hi Susan - it's a very scary disease ... but thankfully more people come through and being aware really helps. Thank you for posting together with some stats - quite reassuring ... but not, I realise, when you've been diagnosed. Cheers Hilary

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    1. You are right. When one is diagnosed, I think stats are hard to appreciate.

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    1. Early diagnosis is the key. Years ago (not too many years either) breast cancer rang a death knell. Now, with awareness and advances, it can be treated.

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  9. Two of my close cousins are breast cancer survivors, so this post is very reassuring. Currently, I have a sister and my very best friend in the whole world fighting cancers, but breast cancer isn't their only cancer. Bone and breast cancer for one, lung and breast cancer for the other. But they are fighting a good fight. I appreciate your post with all the stats. You do offer an amazing truth. :-)

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    1. A good teacher friend had breast cancer, was taking chemo. The chemo drug has a side effect which causes uterine and ovarian cancer. She was an incredible woman.

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