Did you know that just over 49,000 women and approx 300 men will be diagnosed this year alone with breast cancer (that’s just the UK). On average, around 12,000 a year will die from the disease 😦 KMT
That’s a trailer load of people……I cannot begin to tell you how shocked, upset and devastated I was at the statistics of this damn disease and the havoc its bringing into peoples lives…..into my life. KMT
Cancer does not discriminate either. The Very Young, The Young, Middle Aged, The Old, Black, White, Asian, Hispanic, Vegetarians, Vegans, Organic Country Living Folk, Meat Eaters, Health Nuts, Fit People, Smokers, Non-Smokers, Ex-Smokers. It doesn’t care if you are rich or poor, weak or strong, a celebrity, a genius…hell, it even attacks pregnant women and breast feeding mothers!! It just doesn’t care. If you live and breathe and have a cell in your body then you are fair game mate. I guess it comes down to who has the bigger gun. My gun is my faith and my belief in God that come what may He will take care of me and be with me every step of the way. I also have great faith in my doctors, their knowledge and understanding of the disease. My Oncologist (thats a cancer specialist), his name is Dr Spooner….he is lovely. So understanding. I have been having aches, pains and symptoms of recent which scare me stoooopid and I called one of the breast care nurses to talk about it and Dr Spooner got me in to see him (and he is a man in demand….believe me). He examined me, he listened to me, he heard me and he understood me. He has agreed to bring my full body scan forward and do some additional blood tests just so I can get piece of mind or to see if there is in fact anything else going on. I’m scared of the scan as I’m scared it will show those picket fences I mentioned in an earlier blog. But I have to face it. At least I will know and can deal with anything that needs dealing with.
Isaiah 43:2 – When thou passest through the waters, I will be with thee; and through the rivers, they shall not overflow thee: when thou walkest through the fire, thou shalt not be burned; neither shall the flame kindle upon thee.
A friend of mine named Yvonne, herself a 8 year survivor of breast cancer asked me a poignant question when she came over a few weeks ago to give me moral sisterly support and counsel. I’m sure Yvonne wont mind mentioning her – she is one of the public faces of breast cancer and she can be seen regularly on TV in the Cancer Research Adverts, she’s the one fixing the bikes with her children in the garden.
She said “Lisa, if you could take this disease out from inside you and give this disease to someone else, would you?” I didn’t have to even think about it…Hell No! Not even to my worse enemy (not that I have any because anyone who knows me knows I don’t do enemies as I love too much) and no, not even to a convicted murderer serving time in prison would I give this disease. I have no right to inflict this horrid trauma on anyone – regardless of their own lifestyle or demons. Its just horrible, horrible I tell you…..HORRIBLE. KMT
Yvonne is such an inspiration at how she handled her illness, how she has come through the other end so elegantly and with such fire in her belly for life. She gave me some jokes about how she personally handled her illness, how she dealt with the chemo side effects (the nausea, the vomits, the mad hot flushes or “tropical moments” as she calls them). She probably doesn’t feel like an inspiration, she is no doubt just doing herself, as long as I have known her,since I was a child, she has an infectious personality that one is drawn to. I’m sure she had her darkest, darkest moments – I fail to believe anyone being diagnosed with any life threatening illness wouldn’t have dark moments, I’m still having mine – I’m having them as I type – I can’t help it. It’s like I feel a dark force following me. KMT
I know personally 7 women who have battled this disease, and 2 of those 7 are still in their battle, still actively receiving treatment. I am in contact with about 20 more via a support group I have joined, ages range from 29 to 65. But there are 1000’s more of us out there. I can guarantee throughout your day-to-day movements outside of our home you will walk past 100 or more women who have breast cancer and possibly 1 or 2 men and some of those don’t even know it yet. KMT
But seriously, everywhere I turn someone has cancer or someone knows someone currently undergoing treatment for it, it really does seem to be spreading like wildfire. The stats say 1 in 3 of us will get some form of cancer – that’s a lifetime risk – that’s actually scary. I knew this statistic before….as the TV keeps telling us, but I was in the “It wont happen to me” mode…….Ummmmm. KKKKKKKKMMMMMMMMMTTTTTTTT
Sorry for the long ass post today….just got a lot on my mind…as you can clearly tell.
“If you are going through hell…..keep going” ~ Quote by some bloke named Winston Churchill. Who named him Winston though!!!! KMT 🙂