One of my latest passions is to bring to the forefront the awareness of breast cancer and its impact on women. At the end of last year, my mother’s doctor discovered a lump on her left breast. In January she was diagnosed with stage 3 breast cancer. By March of 2019 she had a mastectomy. And today she is going through chemotherapy. She is literally one of many men and women in the fight of her life.
Watching her endure this process has brought us closer. And I’ve stood right beside her as often as I can. She has incredible strength and mustard seed faith that move mountains. And she is determined to win this fight.
Her experience made me realize that as women drivers, we do so much for other people. I think it’s our natural gift to be nurturing. But where we fail is in taking care of ourselves. Trucking can have us running so hard that we can lose track of time. That can lead to not scheduling time to do simple self-examinations or schedule annual check ups, until its absolutely necessary. I, too, am guilty Of this.
But after watching my mother and other women, such as Debra Smoot (survivor) walk out the realities of breast cancer my focus has shifted. (Let me add here that Debra Smoot and wife Kymberli have been a great support for me and my mother. They’ve literally called me, prayed on a Facebook messenger call and gave me tons of support, when I didn’t know what to do. I’m forever greatful for it)
I’m asking you to do the same thing. Love YOU enough to take care of YOU. Please do a self exam! Please get your annual mammogram! Click on the links below for general information. Make you a priority. Be well.
How to do a self examination:
What you should know before your first mammogram:
You found a lump, now what?
What you need to know if you’ve been diagnosed with cancer - Cancer Treatment Centers Of America:
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