Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I’m stepping away from the usual today and joining in with Bloggers Unite’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month blogging event. 

In the UK, around 48,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer each year. It has been estimated that in the US, 230, 480 women will be diagnosed in 2011. But we must remember that although it is more common in women, men can also be diagnosed with breast cancer. 

This is a cause very close to my heart, as 4/5 years ago my mother-in-law (MIL) was diagnosed with breast cancer. To say it was a huge shock was an understatement. I cannot remember all the details around diagnosis and treatment as I was very busy at University at the time, but I can remember it being a traumatic and emotional time for all of the family. I felt guilty that I could not support my then fiance fully as I was away during the week. 

Treatment commenced pretty much straight away with my MIL, she had chemotherapy and a mastectomy. She lost all of her hair through the chemo which was a bit traumatic, but she was able to get a wig. After her mastectomy she was able to be fitted for an insert for her bra so it looked like she still had both her breasts. She has considered reconstructive surgery, but she has many other medical problems at the minute so hasn’t gone through with it yet. 

She is now in remission, but has to go to the hospital every week for a check up due to her other medical problems. There have been a couple of scares since where a lump has been found, but this didn’t turn out to be cancer, after checks. 

Thanks to cancer research we are very lucky to have her here with us, and for that we are very grateful. I try to donate and/or sponsor whenever I can. In fact I was going to do a sponsored skydive when I reached my weight loss goal this year, but baby G put that on hold! I did recently complete a sponsored walk for Breakthrough Breast Cancer though. 

If you wish to donate to breast cancer research, please do so through Breast Cancer CareBreakthrough Breast Cancer or Cancer Research UK. Readers in the US can donate through Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I’m not sure of any others in the US but if you do know, then feel free to leave the website in a comment. The majority of these websites also have online shops, so go ahead and purchase something precious for yourself, whilst giving precious life to somebody else. 

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