The Fabric Maverick says...Support the Quest for the Cure!
I do not think that "Breast Cancer" really hits home until you are the one diagnosed or a friend or family member is diagnosed. Before then, it is an uncomfortable thought which we sometimes push to the back of our minds. I admit to being somewhat nonchalant about getting a mammogram. It was inconvenient, it hurts and no one in my family has ever had breast cancer. These are all feeble excuses. Make the time. Yes, it does hurt. You may not have a family history of breast cancer, but that does not mean you will not be the one.
Within the last several years, I have had a sister-in-law die from breast cancer. Last year I had a friend diagnosed with breast cancer. Even though I could not share her pain, I could be there for her to talk to. I think breast cancer is the most frightening disease for women. Our ego is tied into an image of our body. Besides the pain, we are locked into a fear of disfigurement. Will we lose our hair! We, as women, have been the foundation for our families. They bring their problems to us and we try to "kiss and make it better". Who will be our rock! If we are lucky, our families will support us in our time of crisis or we will have good friends who will listen to our fears and concerns. Hopefully, they will guide us at a time when we are not sure what to do.
First of all read all the information you can, so you can ask your doctor about your treatment. A great source of information is the American Cancer Society or the Susan G Komen for the Cure. Pantene offers free wigs made from real hair to cancer patients. At a time when you have just had your life shatter, you have to figure out how to pay for treatment. The American Association for Cancer Research is a good resource to use to find additional funds. Another important factor is your doctor. Can you talk to them or are they detached from you? Find a doctor that you are comfortable with. You are trusting this person with your life!
For those of us who do not have cancer take an active role in your health management. Check out the websites above for the latest information. Be an advocate for you! Donate to charities, participate in activities, be a volunteer, make a difference! Many companies donate a portion of their sales to breast cancer research including several fabric manufacturers. Check our Breast Cancer Awareness fabrics! A portion of the price per yard is contributed to breast cancer research.
Above all, take care of yourself. We will miss you if you are not here!