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.
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.