I’ve said before and I’ll say it again. I’m a lucky survivor. I caught my cancer early, I got my treatment and I feel great today. I did everything I could do to fight cancer—double mastectomy, lymph nodes removed, chemotherapy, oophorectomy combined with a full hysterectomy. My oncologist told me that even the most conservative radiation oncologist would not suggest radiation. I count my blessings everyday and continue to fight for my friends, Cousin, Mother, Grandmother, Aunt, Sisters-in-Law, Daughter and all the other women and girls out there. Until there is a cure, we must be absolutely vigilant about our health. In the world of breast cancer, there are many things we can do. We can know our genetic status, we can go for yearly mammograms (or more frequently, if necessary), and we can do monthly self-breast exams. We can catch this disease early.
Unfortunately, we are not so lucky with other cancers—specifically ovarian cancer. But there is something that everyone can do right now—today–to help in this fight. We can ask our Senators to support two very important ovarian cancer programs. One is dedicated to research and one is dedicated to raising awareness so we can catch this disease earlier. This will take no time but it will help save lives. Please do your part for all the women in our lives. Together we can continue to make a difference.
Ok. Not so happy with the latest headline. “Million Women Study Shows even Moderate Alcohol Consumption Associated with Increase Cancer Risks.” Basically, the take-away message from this study is don’t drink, at all, ever! I’m not much of a drinker. In fact, after throwing up through several weeks of 3 pregnancies and going through chemotherapy, I’ll do anything to avoid a hangover. But, I do love a glass of wine. And I’m not certain I’m so willing to give it up completely. I’m curious if this study dug deeper into cancer recurrences, BRCA or anything else specific to my situation. I guess I’m just trying to rationalize my way out of practicing the advice of the latest study. You can take away my breasts, ovaries, uterus and fallopian tubes, but do you really need to take away my glass of wine?