No one fights alone

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

No one fights alone

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month.  Two hundred seventy-six thousand four hundred eighty women have been diagnosed with invasive breast cancer, and 48,530 will be diagnosed with non-invasive breast cancer in a year. (https://www.cancer.net/cancer-types/breast-cancer/statistics). 1 in 8 women will adversely be affected over her lifetime. (https://www.breastcancer.org/symptoms/understand_bc/statistics

Breast Cancer affects more people than you know. It affects women, regardless of age or skin color. It is a prevalent issue regarding women, so the awareness month is so important to show light to all that are suffering.

Junior Landon Kramer reminisces about his mom and her battle with breast cancer.  “2 years ago on October 18th. I remember being in the room with her lying in a wheel in bed, and suddenly she stopped breathing. I started crying my eyes out while sitting on my trampoline. I don’t remember very much that day, but my sisters did not take it very well at all. However, my earliest memory of her dealing with all this was right before Brenna was born. She was acting a bit off, wasn’t doing things the way she normally would, complained about chest pain, and the next week went in to see a doctor, and they told her she had a cold and prescribed her some medication and told her to go home. Brenna was a few months old when my mom went to see a different doctor.  They diagnosed her with stage 4 inflammatory breast cancer, which today is still incurable. 2 weeks after that is when we got the diagnosis. I remember snippets of the phone call. The main thing from that was a quote from the doctor, “You probably won’t live to see your daughter’s second birthday.” I always find it funny that she proved that doctor wrong, another seven and a half years of battling till she passed. It is tough to live with someone knowing that they are going to die before your little sister is out of middle school, and knowing you can’t do anything to help them except be there.”

 

Editors note: We appreciate Landon sharing his story with The Bluejay Post as we know that it wasn’t easy.  Megan Kramer’s memory lives on in her three children, Landon, Allison, and Brenna. 

We also want to urge women to make sure they get their yearly exams.