Whether you have been to a little league game, seen the banners along the corridors at work, been provided an E-blast, watched an NFL game or a commercial, you have seen some form of communication providing breast cancer awareness. Like many of us, someone we know, someone we are close to, or perhaps we have experienced breast cancer ourselves. The one persistent common thread regarding those whom have endured this battle, whom have passed away or those whom have survived their journey, is the beauty of their courage.
With statistics shared by the National Breast Cancer’s site, trying to compute the lives that breast has affected and even the prospective numbers are enough to raise the hairs on the back of anyone’s neck. Yet having these statistics available, we can become more aware of the courage that women and men whom receive this, sometimes deadly, disease brace themselves to conquer.
“Women in the United States get breast cancer more than any other type of cancer except for skin cancer. It is second only to lung cancer as a cause of cancer death in women.
Each year it is estimated that nearly 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. Approximately 1,700 men will also be diagnosed with breast cancer and 450 will die each year. The evaluation of men with breast masses is similar to that in women, including mammography.” http://www.nationalbreastcancer.org/About-Breast-Cancer/What-Is-Breast-Cancer.aspx
I have been fortunate to follow an amazing woman, Patricia Quave, for over an entire year regarding her courageous fight while holding account to another woman’s triumphant battle, just as courageous, Amparo Wargo.
Their courage astonished onlookers and those wishing them well. Looking at Amparo’s head full of hair, it seems as though breast cancer never came to offer its battle wounds. I must add, being the soldier that Amparo is, her fortified faith produced expanding strength and unshakeable courage that remained undaunted by the hospital stays and the scarf that she wore over head over two years ago. Amparo, like many, braced herself for the fight of her life and she is now cancer free.
Just as undaunted by the cold tables and medical voices surrounding her, Patricia Quave, would too, join the millions of women, and yes men, who fight breast cancer. Patricia began to move beyond her initial medical team and got the knowledge she needed to make her courageous journey. She began to surround herself with faith-based physicians and staff through the Cancer Treatment Centers of America.
What I learned from these two women is the Beauty of their Courage. The Beauty of their Courage: importance of early detection, arming themselves not only with a medical team that understood what they needed mentally, physically, spiritually, and emotionally. Caring for their bodies through proper nutrition and exercise, they nourished cells while protecting their bodies in a weakened state. Educating their family and friends and being unashamed of themselves throughout their journey.
As I see Patricia's hair starting to become full on her head and Amparo's glossy locks of hair full of life and body, that was once absent from them due to the chemotherphy and radiation. I cannot forget or take light of all that they have gone through yet most of all I cannot overlook nor remove from my immediate memory of their courage. For Patricia and Amparo, they are still among us, as with many survivors, yet there are those who fought valiant and courageous fights yet succumb to the death statistics that this disease carries.
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