Wednesday, June 6, 2018

Always remembered

Everywhere
Even now, their faces are still clear in my mind.  The way their eyes sparkled when talking about their students. The way they smiled at each child who came their way.  I remember them.

Even now, I can hear their voices, telling stories about their days with their students. I remember them.

Even now, my late friends are still part of me.

These precious women left this earth when breast cancer took them.  

Did you know...

One in eight women will develop breast cancer.

In the U.S., there are over 3.1 million women with a history of breast cancer. This included women who have been diagnosed, have been treated, and/or are currently under treatment. 

Every person knows, will know, or has known a woman with breast cancer.

85% of breast cancer diagnoses occur in women who have absolutely no history of breast cancer in their family.

One out of one-thousand men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 

Some of my friends were cured, but some were not. I remember both. Do you?


Recently, my mammogram results necessitated a needle biopsy. Results were benign, God's Hand with me all the way.  This will require frequent mammograms and ultrasound.

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  1. What a blessing!
    I know quite a few women who've survived breast cancer.

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    1. These challenged women who face death need all the support they can have. God bless them all, keep them.

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  2. I follow breast cancer news and think of my mother and friends, and their outcomes. The treatment gets better and better. It does not reach all women, for reasons of inadequate incomes. This is our real national disgrace.

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    1. Free clinics are located in every city of any size. Here, many women are illegal immigrants and afraid.

      Medicaid covers this cost. Care is slow.

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    1. When I was waiting and waiting for the results, I wrote "Cold Ocean, Warm Sea".

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  4. Cancer is a world-wide scourge.
    Glad to hear that you had positive news after the biopsy.

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    1. With better technology, cancer can be diagnosed and treated earlier. What a gift to women like me.

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  5. Both my grandmother and mother had to go as far as the needle part, but both came back negative too. Breast cancer sure is everywhere, sadly.

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    1. So glad you mom and grandma received good news. I didn't tell my adult kids until after it all was over.

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  6. Hi Susan - always worrying ... I know friends who've had both experiences ... so difficult for everyone. Glad yours was checked and is safe - take care ... cheers Hilary

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    1. Thank you for your encouragement. this is hard to describe to anyone to anyone, except those who were part of another's life experiences.

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  7. So sorry you had the scare. Glad to hear it was benign.

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    1. Thanks. Made me realize how vulnerable we all are.

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  8. I often wonder if cancer is a family thing? Not one member of my family suffered from it, yet it is rife in friends families. I am so glad you are okay.

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    1. My aunt (mother's sister) is the only one in our family who dealt with breast cancer. The stats said 85% of women with no history of breast cancer may develop it.

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  9. Yes. I wonder if the amazing breakthroughs in treatments that have today would have saved them.

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    1. If only. Thinking of so many who died of any type of cancer throughout history is overwhelming.

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  10. Glad to hear that you had positive news after the biopsy.
    Cancer screening is so important.

    All the best Jan

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    1. Is is so scary in anticipation. All the "could be" rolls through the mind.

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  11. That feeling when they tell you something is 'off' is like no other. Thank God everything came out okay!! Good to know to monitor it! I had a lump once that turned out to be from too much caffeine. I'm now a huge fan of water. :)

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    1. So glad that you were okay. it is a huge scare. Coffee?

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  12. Thanks for shining the light. Even with the prevalence of breast cancer, the funding never seems enough.

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Go ahead...it won' t hurt...I'd love to hear what you think!