Q: What is breast cancer and why should I be aware?
A: The American Cancer Society says "Breast cancer starts when cells in the breast begin to grow out of control. These cells usually form a tumor that can often be seen on an x-ray or felt as a lump. The tumor is malignant (cancerous) if the cells can grow into (invade) surrounding tissues or spread (metastasize) to distant areas of the body."
In layman's terms (mine), breast cancer is a bunch of mutant cells that don't die off like they're supposed to. They keep multiplying. They invade and take over and can spread out. They are resistant and can be aggressive. Sounds like a bad sci-fi alien movie. Space invaders taking over the planet.
And it can happen to just about anyone. Too often we are lead to believe that breast cancer is a genetic disease. It can be. But if you don't have a family history of it, please don't be tempted to think it can't happen to you. It can. Young women, old women, and all women in between. White women, black woman, rich women, poor women, and...men.
Despite the growing number of breast cancer diagnoses each year, all the PINK hype of fundraising in October, and all the organizations and events out there claim to be searching for a cure...we still don't have one.
This month you will see PINK just about everywhere you go. At the grocery store, the department store, in your mailbox, at your favorite coffee stand. Some of you have already messaged me that you will wear pink in my honor this month, to show your support. First of all, THANK YOU. I'm honored that you would do that for me. Second, would you think twice before making that PINK purchase and ask yourself if you know where that money is really going? Third, and most importantly, please say a prayer each time you see PINK this month. Let it be a reminder to pray for all those affected by breast cancer, warriors and their families. Pray for the healing and restoration of their bodies, minds, and souls. Pray for a cure💗