When I made this post about breast cancer awareness almost exactly a year ago I had no idea that it would become a part of my life so soon afterwards.
As mentioned before on the blog my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer in March of this year and I can’t emphasize this more: EARLY DETECTION SAVES LIVES!!
My mom found a small lump one day when she was self-examining her breasts and as small as it was she decided to get it tested and unfortunately some cancer cells were detected. Her cancer was found in a stage 0 also called in situ which basically means it has not spread and is still contained in it’s original location making it highly treatable. It’s been a difficult 7 months for our family but even worse for my mom (although you could never tell). I cried, ALOT. A little more than that actually.
In the past my mom has been through a lot medically and with her health, so even though we were in the best case of a bad outcome it was extremely difficult to see her go through this again as if she hadn’t been through enough already! But as she always has been in the past, my mom is a SOLDIER and deep down we all knew she would make it through. This was nothing a little faith couldn’t carry us through. It was just another one of those things where even though we may not have understood why, we knew God was simply using her for a bigger purpose.
This was nothing a little faith couldn’t carry us through.
So basically here is what the past couple of months comprised of:
Most cancer patients go through chemotherapy, radiation and/or surgery as part of their treatment. All treatments are different though and tailored to each patient.
Chemotherapy is medication that is meant to kill cancer cells but can in the process kill normal cells too. Hence the hectic side effects including vomiting, diarrhea, weakness, fatigue. I mean we hear about these side effects but guys understand that she could barely move on her worst days. In my mom’s case her hair fell off too and the palms of her hands and bottoms of her feet as well as her nail beds turned black. That we definitely weren’t expecting. None of us had ever heard of that particular side effect before. It’s definitely hard seeing the physical effects take a toll on your loved one.
Radiation on the other hand is basically when they shoot rays to the affected area in order to kill any remaining cancer cells. The side effects are not as bad as chemo but the area being treated can, like in my moms case, actually burn and leave you with scars. It also causes fatigue.
Mom also went through surgery to remove the cancer cells in the breast. Which for the most part was not bad. I guess with surgery the worst part is the actual surgery but if that goes well, you can breathe through the recovery.
I’m telling you all this because we always hear about how to detect breast cancer but I personally never knew what it means if you do find the cancer cells. Bear in mind this doesn’t even cover the emotional strain you go through as a family.
My mom came to live with me for 6 weeks during her radiation therapy due to a lack of facilities back home. So I will say I’ve never been closer to my mom than I am now. Living together in my tiny apartment, I guess we had no choice, lol. It was definitely a difficult journey but because she detected it so early, 7 months later we can actually say it’s over! SHE IS CANCER FREE!
Not a lot of people can say this and I just wanted to share this post to give you all a real account of the following:
- It’s so important to always examine yourself.
- Don’t ever take your health for granted.
- Do your homework, if you’re not sure go see a doctor.
Here are a few links to read more about breast cancer awareness:
Stay safe, Get checked.