How do you know breast cancer?
“I know breast cancer because two years ago my aunt and older cousin were diagnosed with cancer about one month apart(Aunt- brain cancer; Cousin- lung/liver cancer). After one long and painful year, both passed away from the disease also about a month apart from each other. My family went through a very long and painful weekend where we had my aunts viewing and burial service, along with a church service for my cousin back-to-back. It’s safe to say that we were all so exhausted from that weekend, plus the painful year we just had, that we hope and pray to never go through anything like that again.
“I know breast cancer because I am 22 years old and when I was 19 I had a breast cancer scare when I found a lump on my breast. I discovered it at night, alone in my room when everyone in my house was sleeping. I felt so alone at that moment because I felt like I could not tell anyone. I know my family wouldn’t have had an issue if I woke them up for something so serious, but I think I was in such shock and was so fearul to admit it to others because then it would mean it was real and actually happening to me. It turned out not to be cancerous, thank God, but it still scared me just as much. I now have a lifelong reminder of what could have been from the knife incision during the breast biopsy. It’s a constant reminder that no one is safe from cancer, and your life can completely change in just one second.”