That's my Mom. She died of breast cancer in 1979 at the age of 67.
My parents raised nine children, four boys and five girls. Seeing our mother suffer with breast cancer sent a message to her five daughters - we all have been diligent about annual mammograms and screening. That diligence paid off for one of my younger sisters. She was diagnosed with very early stage breast cancer and was successfully treated with lumpectomy and radiation.
I have several high-risk factors in addition to the above two and have had four non-cancerous fibroid tumors removed. A few years ago I heard about The Sister Study, so I signed up. The Sister Study is the only long-term study of women ages 35-74 who have not had breast cancer themselves but whose biological sister was diagnosed with the disease. It is a national study to learn how environment and genes affect the chances of getting breast cancer. A total of 50,000 women have joined the study. The study is run by the National Institute of Environmental Health Sciences (NIEHS). NIEHS is one of the National Institutes of Health, part of the Department of Health and Human Services. I completed an extensive series of test and interviews initially, and now they will occasionally check up on me and in turn I will report any relevant medical issues I might have to them.
So as you can see, breast cancer has hit close to home for me. I just completed two new digital photography prints in honor of this month and in memory of my mother. These two prints are now posted in my etsy shop and I will donate 20% of all of the purchase prices to Susan G. Komen for the Cure. I also added my pink pinecone holiday wreath for the 20% donation.
These prints would be the perfect gift for a special mom, sister, friend - and most especially for anyone you know who might be fighting the breast cancer battle themselves.
Support the cause on behalf of all women.