I would imagine that cancer has touched nearly everyone’s life in some way. Whether you are a survivor yourself, have supported a family member, or know a friend who has fought the battle, cancer seems to be everywhere.
I was first introduced to the disease in the 3rd grade. I watched my childhood friend endure treatments that I didn’t understand at the time. We lost him in January during our 4th grade year. Since that time, I’ve lost three of my grandparents and my Dad to cancer. Oddly enough, the leading cause of death, heart disease, only got one of my grandparents.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness month. This specific type of cancer has hit close to me as well. I have a cousin who has beaten it, and another cousin who is currently in the midst of her own mighty struggle. She and I are only a couple of weeks apart in age and I am very worried about her. I also lost a very dear and sweet client a few years ago to the disease.
What are steps we can take in this fight?
First, please know that breast cancer screenings are down significantly due to Covid, but medical facilities have established safe protocols for these kinds of outpatient procedures. In addition to scheduling necessary appointments, there are many ways we can all help, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation site:
- Screening, Access and Treatment
Further details can be found on the Foundation’s site:
The American Cancer Society’s webpage has even more useful information and guides:
No matter how this horrible disease may have impacted your life, please know you are not alone. There are numerous resources available to help.
Please remember that we are “here” and available for you. If you have any questions or concerns, financial or otherwise, please do not hesitate to call or email. If you have friends, family, or neighbors you feel would benefit from a conversation with me, I’m more than happy to have a call or jump on a Zoom meeting with them.
As always, I hope that you are doing well, and staying safe & healthy!