30 August 2011

Keeping You A Breast: A Mom Update

This is my mom Peggy.
(isn't she beautiful!)

For those of you who don't know, she was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year.

Here's what you missed.

- She started chemo
- She lost her hair
- She got a wig and a few hats
- I shaved her head
- She lost her tasters (food just didn't taste the same)
- She went to more chemo
- She finished chemo
- She went for tests
- She was declared cancer free
- She still had surgery just in case
- They tested her lymph nodes
- She was declared really, really cancer free!


My mom is definitely my hero.

This has been a hard year for my mom, and it's not over yet. There's still 6 weeks of radiation and a year of drug treatment to keep the cancer from coming back. 

But she's cancer free!

 As I write that, I am just overwhelmed by Jesus and His incredible power to heal and sustain us through difficult times. 

Thank you so much for your prayers! All your kind emails and encouraging words mean so much.

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Did you know...

Only 1 in 10 women who have breast cancer have a genetic history of the disease

Today, 1 in 8 women will get breast cancer in their lifetime.

Breast cancer accounts for more than 1 in 4 cancers diagnosed in US women

According to the American Cancer Society, a woman in the United States is diagnosed with breast cancer every three minutes.

In 2008 there was 182,460 new cases of breast cancer diagnosed.

And did you know...

Twenty-five percent of all breast cancers are found by women doing their own breast examinations.

You should begin conducting regular, monthly Breast Safety Exams (BSE) as soon as your breasts are fully developed. This usually varies from 10-16 years-old.

The best time to do a BSE is right after your period.

A spouse can help with a BSE, in fact, many lumps are found by a woman’s partner. But don’t rely on others. You should know your own body better than anyone.
  • Information found here.

14 comments:

  1. inspiring post laura. praise the lord for the work He is doing inside your mother--i will be praying as she continues with her treatments. thank you for the great facts as well, you definitely brought some major things to my attention. here's to staying strong!

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  2. I had tears in my eyes as I was reading her symptoms and then was overcome with chills when I read she was really, really, really cancer free. I don't know you, but i'm sitting at my work desk crying over your great news! God is Good, indeed!

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  3. How fantastic to hear that she's cancer free now x x x

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  4. So happy for you and your family. Modern medicine is a wonderful thing.

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  5. What a beautiful praise report! Praising the Lord right along with you!

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  6. Great report on your mom and she is beautiful! I had my mammogram today! Great to post those breast cancer facts too!

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  7. So thankful to Jesus our Healer for your mom's healing!!! Isn't our Lord so wonderful!! So glad your mom is cancer-free!!!!

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  8. woohoo!! God is so so so great!

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  9. Wow, your mom is my hero too! God is so good, what an amazing testimony, thanks for sharing and I'm rejoicing with you.

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  10. That's a blessing, Laura! My grandma is cancer free, too [from breast cancer]. She's finishing up her year of preventative treatment and then she'll be done!

    Praise the Lord! He is so good!

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  11. Rejoicing with you in your mother's healing. And thank you for reminding me that my mammogram is long overdue!

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  12. I'm so glad to hear that your mom is now cancer free! I lost an Aunt to cancer - it started out as breast cancer and spread to her lungs. Now she is in heaven and I can't wait to see her someday in the future.

    It is a very serious thing in our family and I know the fight that your mom went through was not easy.

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