Did You Get Tested?
Almost every woman knows she should start getting mammograms when she turns 50 years old or before. If she’s lucky, she merely has an annual checkup.
If she’s not lucky, she learns the true meaning of life because she heard the “C” word – cancer.
The reaction to learning your mammogram is not clear is beyond words. It is the beginning of a journey you had no desire to take. It doesn’t matter whether you are single or married with children. You are someone’s daughter, someone’s sister, someone’s friend, someone’s wife or someone’s mother and all the lives are affected by the outcome of that one test. They are also affected by the chosen treatment method.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but what if you aren’t thinking about mammograms? What other tests should you be getting? Are you getting them? Even an annual physical should be done in order to catch anything unusual. There are various types of cancers that don’t discriminate against age, sex or gender. “They” may say what you have is very rare but when you have it...it is very much alive.
While there many times when you want to curl up in a ball and cry or scream “why me?” – You can’t. Those moments feel like they have to be limited and private. As odd as it seems when you are the one with the disease, you are the one who has to be strong for everyone else. If you fall apart then they will too. Then, there are all of the family and friends who are praying for you. You have to keep the faith that you will make it through because if you lose your faith, what happens to their faith?
It isn’t fair that someone who is already going through chemotherapy, throwing up, losing hair, being exhausted, looking at radiation and possible surgery should have to be the strong one. Yet, what is the other option? Giving up is not an option. Falling apart is not an option. Denial is not an option.
If you aren’t the one on the journey then be the friend you would want to have with you on your journey.
As strange as it sounds, I’ve had cancer patients tell me that once they came through their treatment, they did not resent having the disease. Why? Because, they learned so much about themselves. They learned how many friends they really had. They learned first-hand the generosity of people and the power of prayer. They also learned that they could do anything.
It all comes down to you.
Did you get tested?
YOU ARE THE FRONT LINE OF DEFENSE.
If you feel something isn’t right – don’t ignore it!