I think that one of the things that is hard about October being breast cancer awareness month is that sometimes we forget about those who have late stage breast cancer—those who will not be cured and are facing death from breast cancer.
Don’t get me wrong, I think raising awareness is great. It’s very important for women to get recommended screenings and to do self exams. I had to go for a mammogram last year after my PCP wanted to have something checked out. It was fine, but it definitely had my mind racing in a million different directions!
My desire to highlight women with late stage breast cancer comes from the fact that I have a friend who is currently battling Stage IV breast cancer that has metastasized to her bones and liver (she is 33 and a mother of young twin boys). She once shared a link to a post from another women with Stage IV breast cancer.
The link was to a blog post about sometimes feeling that those battling late stage breast cancer are lost in the shuffle. We see a lot of stories in the media about celebrities and high-profile public figures being diagnosed with breast cancer and being successfully treated. What we don’t often hear are the stories of those whose cancer can’t be kept at bay.
Women with late stage breast cancer face unique challenges such as tolerating experimental cancer drugs, planning for their families’ future when they are gone, trying to enjoy life knowing that it may end in the near future, and many more. Please try to remember women like my friend Jen this month…
In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness, Carpet One generated a series of welcome mats of differing design (but all with a pink ribbon). They are available year-round and 25% of the proceeds from sales of the mats is donated to breast cancer research and awareness.
I love these mats (I have 2) because they are water and stain resistant, so they can be used inside or outside AND they are machine washable! Take a look at the prints and follow the instructions in the Rafflecopter widget below.
I would like to use this post to remind you to think about women who aren’t going to survive breast cancer.
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Carpet One provided 30 Something Mother Runner with a welcome mat for review.