F A I T H!!
In loving memory of my sister, Shaunna Coe (Jan 3, 1978 - Fed 23, 2003)!
FAITH means to have COMPLETE TRUST OR CONFIDENCE IN SOMEONE OR SOMETHING.
- See also: DETERMINATION, COURAGE, THE WILL TO WIN, BRAVE, COURAGE, WARRIOR, YOU!
When you think of warriors, many may think of people who are willing to fight...even die for a nation, a cause, or for the lives of others.
When I think of warriors, I think of all the women in my life who've kicked cancer’s ass. I think of my sister, Shaunna (1/3/78 – 2/23/03). I think of my mother-in-law Momma B (Survivor). I think other distant friends who have battled or who are currently battling cancer!
The difference between the warriors most think of and the ladies I've mentioned?
- they didn’t volunteer for the role, they were forced into it.
- they fight to stay alive & for TIME! Time to collect memories, time to "prepare" loved ones, time to LIVE!
Did you know that breast cancer is the most common cancer among women worldwide, after lung cancer?
- 1 in 8 (13%) women in the United States will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer in her lifetime.
- In 2020 alone, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 48,530 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer.
- Although rare, men get breast cancer too. An estimated 2,620 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer in 2020, as well.
- While black women have lower rates of getting breast cancer, our death rates are 40% higher…which means that we have a higher chance of dying from it.
- Breast cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer ( 29%), and the leading cause of cancer death (16%), among Hispanic women.
How do we get ahead of it? EARLY DETECTION, through cancer screening, to help decrease mortality rates.
Step 1: BREAST SELF-AWARENESS
Breast self-awareness helps you become familiar with how your breasts normally look & feel. having this awareness will help you detect changes that should be reported to your physician.
Changes to look for/report include:
- A lump or thickening in or near the breast or in the underarm area (don't panic, not all lumps are cancer).
- A change in the size or shape of the breast
- Dimpling or puckering in the skin of the breast
- A nipple turned inward into the breast
- Discharge (fluid) from the nipple
- Scaly, red, or swollen skin on the breast, nipple, or areola (the dark area of skin at the center of the breast)
If you notice any changes in your body, tell your health care provider immediately so that the problems can be diagnosed and treated.
Step 2: ANNUAL WELL WOMAN EXAM
It is recommended that women visit their family physician or gynecologist each year for a Well-Woman Exam. In addition to a routine pelvic exam and pap smear, the doctor may perform a brief breast exam to check for abnormalities. The Well-Woman Exam is a great opportunity for you to discuss with your health care provider any questions or concerns you have regarding your breast health. Your doctor may help you determine the most appropriate personalized frequency for your early detection steps.
Step 3: MAMMOGRAM
In its early stages, breast cancer doesn’t usually cause symptoms. NBCF recommends that women ages 40 and older get a mammogram every year. A mammogram is an X-ray of the breast. It is a safe way to detect cancerous tumors and other abnormal breast conditions, and women who have screening mammograms have a lower chance of dying from breast cancer than women who do not have screening mammograms. Mammograms can detect cancer or other problems before a lump becomes large enough to be detected by touch. They provide an effective way to find breast cancer in its early stages when treatment is usually the most successful. Mammograms are considered safe, quick, and relatively painless.
SELF-DIAGNOSIS CAN SAVE YOUR LIFE!
There are over 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States. This includes women still being treated and those who have completed treatment.
If you are battling, have battled, are battling with cancer, I wholeheartedly salute you! I can only imagine how hard it is to keep the FAITH when pain is plaguing your mind, body, and soul. Yet you continue to fight in the midst of it all.
Continue to kick cancer's butt ladies...and gentlemen!
“A cheerful heart is good medicine, but a broken spirit saps a person’s strength.”
Proverbs 17:22 NLT
“Come to me, all of you who are weary and carry heavy burdens, and I will give you rest. Take my yoke upon you. Let me teach you, because I am humble and gentle at heart, and you will find rest for your souls. For my yoke is easy to bear, and the burden I give you is light.”
Matthew 11:28-30 NLT