My two best friends, one African-American and the other Irish-American, both were diagnosed with breast cancer the year my mother died. Both of their mothers had breast cancer and had survived, although one is still being followed as her cancer is one of those tricky kinds that keeps popping up again.
A lot of praying, crying, encouragement, and time in the Word accompanied that time period. One memorable day, my daughter and I picked up flowers, pizza, and another goody and drove to my girlfriend’s house in a nearby town. I’d remembered how isolated I felt when my mother was going through her treatment and I didn’t want Susan to think there wouldn’t be something demonstrating my support. I think both the person diagnosed and the loved ones often feel so alone. I wanted to be there for my friend.
My other friend, who I’ve known for almost thirty years, had a stiff upper lip attitude and didn’t even share about her breast cancer until after she’d had surgery. Raised in the deep south, she keeps a lot of stuff inside until she’s gotten through the worst of it. The downside of that, of course, is not receiving the support that could be offered you – and the prayers.
I have supported the American Institute of Cancer Research for thirty years - back when it was considered nutty to believe foods consumed could have anything to do with cancer's prevention. Of course we now know there is input from food, environment, genetics, etc. Click on their name, above, to check out their website.
Nancy Herriman week ends today and we have been glad to have this breast cancer overcomer on with us this week. She is a talented author. Winner announced tomorrow morning. Leave a comment with your email address for a chance to win!
Are you a cancer survivor or friend or relative of a breast cancer overcomer? What is the best thing to do when getting through this diagnosis and treatment?