I can't believe that three years have gone by since my mother's diagnosis! I literally talk to my mother at least once a day, and I can't imagine my world without her. I never want anyone else to go through what my family has been through, what my mother's still going through and therefore we will continue to fundraise and advocate until a cure is found!
In September 2014 my mother was diagnosed with Stage 3 breast cancer, I remember that the first thing I thought was, oh breast cancer isn't a big deal anymore, you just have a mastectomy and everything's fine. I quickly learned how VERY VERY WRONG I was.
Two things about me I cry easily, and I love to read. I remember that the first appointment I took my mother to she was having a scan done and I knew that I would be waiting a while, so I started reading this book that the nurse had given her when she was diagnosed. As I read and began to realize how severe this was and what my mother was about to endure, what we all were about to endure, coming to the realization that there was a real chance that I might lose her I lost it. I left the waiting room and sat in my car crying and reading, and I decided that going forward I wasn't going to cry, this wasn't going to be easy there were going to be days when she was mad, and very sick and she needed to be the one doing the crying and I needed to be strong for her. I didn't quite make it through the whole ordeal without crying...but I was better.
It's been three years now and what we've learned is that this disease is terrible, it's not easy, and my mother has to deal with the aftermath for the rest of her life. So I am working hard (literally I work here) to make sure that research moves forward so that no one ever has to go through this, and in the mean time our focus is to make sure that we can provide services and treatments for those who can't afford it.
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