Well, as most of you know, unless you are living under a rock, in a cave, or without an ounce of modern technology, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. According to the America Cancer Society there were an estimated 230,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer diagnosed in 2011; there were an additional 57,650 cases of in situ breast cancer that same year; approximately 39,520 women died from breast cancer in 2011 (only lung cancer accounts for more cancer deaths in women); and there were approximately 2,140 cases of breast cancer reported in men last year.
Approximately 1 in 8 women will face the challenge of breast cancer over her lifetime. With these types of statistics, it is not unbelievable to think that every reader of this blog knows at least one woman (if not more) who is currently battling or has battled breast cancer at some point in time. Unfortunately, I know and love a wonderful, dedicated, loving, inspirational, caring, faithful, determined, smart, passionate, beautiful (I could keep going) young wife, mother, daughter, aunt, friend and so much more who is now battling Stage IV breast cancer. Some of you started following Molly’s story 2 years ago with her BC diagnosis, double mastectomy, and year of chemo and radiation. (You can see more about Molly’s journey on her caringbridge site.) Now, the battle continues as Molly started chemo again a few weeks back.
Throughout this journey, Molly has been AMAZING! If you met her on the street, you would never know she was fighting the BC battle – always a smile, always patient and kind, always offering to help others, never complaining, never losing faith, and always striving to gain strength and knowledge. Well, the Susan G. Komen Foundation feels exactly the way I feel about you, Mol. They picked one of the most beloved and inspirational women to be one of their ambassadors for the month of October. Congrats! I encourage you to please take a moment to read Molly’s story (scroll down list to “Molly Fuglestad”) and reflect on Mol’s thoughts. And then take a moment to think about “the girls” and how you are taking care of them. Do your monthly self breast exam and if something doesn’t feel right, call your doctor.
Honestly, it is a little painful and heartbreaking to watch Molly’s battle – but, at the same time, it is inspirational, energizing, and encouraging to think about all the women that Molly may be helping by talking about her diagnosis and journey. And she is doing SO MUCH MORE! Keep it up Mol! There is an ARMY praying for you and sending you positive thoughts and energy.