One month ago, I got a call that changed my life. My mom has a reputation in our household of pranking us by telling cruel lies, so when my mom first called me to tell me that she had been diagnosed with breast cancer I thought she was joking. It wasn’t until I heard the words, “I’ll try to make it to your wedding.” That I knew she wasn’t lying.
That sentence broke me. My mom and dad separated when I was a sophomore in high school, and since that point my father hasn’t really been in the picture. So, my mom potentially not being able to make it to my wedding would mean that I would have no parents there to witness one of the best days of my life.
Within this last month, I have already seen how much this cancer has affected our family. My mom has already undergone some surgeries and she is beginning her chemo treatments. She cut her hair short to better prepare herself for the hair loss. She is starting to not look like herself anymore and it’s becoming more and more real. I’m still waiting for her to tell us that this is all a joke and that she really doesn’t have cancer.
This October is my families first breast cancer awareness month that we are experiencing under a different perspective. While this is a new challenge my family and I are facing, I can’t help but to be grateful for all the support we are getting and the many reminders that we are not doing this alone. My mom is the strongest person I know, and I have full faith that she is going to kick cancers butt. I’m especially grateful that this month has shown me that I have a community around me of people who believe the same thing.
I used to not take breast cancer awareness month super seriously, but now that I am living through it, I understand how valuable this month is. So, I would encourage everyone to show their support, because you don’t know how big of an impact you are making just by simply showing awareness.