When you're young, you never believe that bad things will happen to you, but there I was with a lump in my breast. I went to my mother immediately in concern. From there the anxiety settled in for the both of us. How long had this been here, unnoticed? What was it? Could I have breast cancer? I'm just barely in high school for crying out loud. Why is this happening to me?
The next couple of months were filled with various examinations and testing. Most women get their first mammogram in their 40s. I had my first one in 9th grade. It is extremely uncomfortable having multiple people examining an intimate part of your body and even more nerve wrecking when the doctor shows you the huge needle that will be inserted into your breast to pull tissue for testing.
The wait begins. Luckily for me, I received great news. My lump was benign aka noncancerous. Huge sigh of relief for me and my family. The doctor asked did I still want to undergo surgery to remove the lump. Heck Yea! Get this thing out of me as soon as possible.
That was a very scary time in my life but other than some diet changes (not supposed to have red meat or caffeine) and a permanent scar on my breast, I can't complain. I can only imagine what people who got a different result go through everyday. African American women die at a higher rate than any other group from breast cancer. I know many people that are affected by this. That is why support for our friends, families, and care takers is so important and appreciated. We encourage everyone to show support of this cause this month and every month. Attend an awareness event. Walk in any of the races/walks happening in your city. Share important statistics and tips on social media, via email/text, etc. Donate time and money to a person in need or a charitable organization.
I had the pleasure of attending the Bet Her Fights Breast Cancer event recently. The show honored the incredible Bershan Shaw and Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green. Shaw was truly inspiring to watch and as a TWO TIME SURVIVOR she was filled with passion, victory and faith. Dr. Hadiyah-Nicole Green is the epitome of black girl magic and has created a cancer treatment without side effects. The performances were also phenomenal so I truly had a blessed experience. Moments like these offer hope and provide an opportunity for us to give flowers to the living among us while we still can.
Tune in to the Bet HER Fights Cancer event Oct 7th at 7pm est