Time To Check Those Mams Ladies!
She drove a VW Beetle. She “played” spoons.
She was funny. She painted. She was a single mom. Raised 4 kids in the late 50’s / early 60’s when divorce was rare. Her glasses were pointy and her hair was translucent blue. She was cool. Estee Haws was my grandmother.
She lived about 3 hours away from us. So we would see her about 6-8 times a year. I loved our visits. She was taken faaarrr too early. She passed away at age 64 from breast cancer. That’s too young. I remember her fondly every year at this time. She’s not the only one I have lost to this disease. I had an aunt pass from this too. Both gone way too early.
Today, October 1st Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Time to check those mam’s ladies.
Early detection is what it is all about. I wish my grandmother caught hers earlier.
The American Cancer Society recommends that “Women ages 40 to 44 should have the choice to start annual breast cancer screening with mammograms (x-rays of the breast) if they wish to do so. Women age 45 to 54 should get mammograms every year. Women 55 and older should switch to mammograms every 2 years, or can continue yearly screening.”
With advances in science, some women have gone to the extreme measure to undergo a mastectomy as their chances of getting breast cancer were high. Actress Angeline Jolie announced May 2013 that she had undergone a preventive double mastectomy to decrease breast cancer. It was brave and paved the way for many women who are prone to this disease. It was courageous and brave of her to do so.
This paved the way for White House Press Secretary Kayleigh Mcenany to undergo a simlar process.
Guys, we are not letting you off the hook here - men can get breast cancer too. Check that link for more.
In all, let’s be thankful for technology and early detection. Let’s honor ourselves, our bodies and the ones we love, and get yourself checked so someone don’t lose another loved one – like I did.
All My Best,