Saturday, October 1, 2016

Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Losing my grandmother to Breast Cancer and complications from a severe Stroke was one of the hardest things I've faced in my life. She battled the disease for over 6 years, had a single mastectomy (right breast), and see her cancer go into remission twice before returning for the last time.

Watching my mother take care of her day end and day out was truly life changing. My mother who is a RN (BSN) made sure that her every need was met. My mother is the epitome of what a daughter should be to her mother!! I remember the day she died vividly. I can still feel her hand in mine and see her smile. I remember my grandmothers doctor calling my mother after 3 am to tell her (us) to get to the hospital. Earlier that day my mother was able to recall having the BEST day ever with my grandmother. They had breakfast and lunch together. They later sat around filled with laughter/love as they talked about me, my cousins, and my aunt. One thing that was never a question was that she truly loved all of us to her core, was there for us, and would do ANYTHING if need be no matter her circumstances. My mother said when she got up to leave she hugged and gave my grandmother her usual forehead kiss. As she walked out the room and down the hallway she she began to feel uneasy and broke down crying. Someway my mother knew that the end had come and wasn't surprised by the phone call later the next morning. The Doctor said that my grandmother would not go until she knew we were there. Thinking about it now my Mother had never drove that fast in my life getting to her. LoL!! Glory!! We made it though. We walked in the room with the Nurses and her doctor all standing around. They told her that we had made it and we each took one of her hands. I remember here opening her eyes looking at me and looking at my mom. She smiled, then squeezed both of our hands, and then she was gone.

My grandmother came from a long lineage of women who have what I call the "Warrior Spirit". They fought and did anything necessary for themselves and their families. My grandmother fought like a Champion against Heart Disease, Stroke, and Breast Cancer until the very end. She will forever and always be MY Sheroe!! 

This month support and show that you are AWARE of the fight against and to find a cure for Breast Cancer.
I ask that each of you make a donation in honor of a loved one, friend, or just to show you support. One Organzation that I have supported and am truly thankful that it exist is the Sisters Network. This month I ask that you make a donation specifically to them. Here is a little information on them and WHY you should make your donation or become a volunteer. .

The Sisters Network® Inc. (SNI) is a leading voice and the only national African American breast cancer survivorship organization in the United States. Sisters Network is governed by an elected Board of Directors and assisted by an appointed medical advisory committee.

Membership is 3000, which includes more than 40 affiliate survivor run chapters nationwide.
The organization’s purpose is to save lives and provide a broader scope of knowledge that addresses the breast cancer survivorship crisis affecting African American women around the country.

Don't forget to ROCK your PINK all month long!!

Get out and be involved all year. 
Visit the links below to see how you can help and become a voice in the fight.

American Cancer Society 

Susan G.  Komen

Sisters Network

To those who fought the good fight, may they forever rest peacefully. To all of those who are still here "Fight like a girl and Warrior". We love you 💕

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