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My Mom the Warrior - Breast Cancer Awareness Month

This year, an estimated 42,170 women will die from breast cancer in the United States. October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I would like to take a moment to honor all those we lost to breast cancer and to celebrate and uplift the estimated 3.5 million breast cancer survivors in the United States like my incredibly courageous mother.

My mother has always been a pillar of strength but witnessing the pain and suffering she endured in this battle for her life, I gained an entirely new respect for her bravery. After a bi-lateral mastectomy and lymphadenectomy, several rounds of chemo and reconstructive surgery, I’m happy to say my mother is now in remission. I couldn’t imagine going through this journey without her by my side. I am grateful every day that she is here to give me her love and encouragement. She’s a great cheerleader and an even better Mom. I love you Mom!

She's still smiling through Chemo in 2011 Mother/Daughter Trip to London in 2019

According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation:

  • In 2020, an estimated 276,480 new cases of invasive breast cancer will be diagnosed in women in the U.S. as well as 48,530 new cases of non-invasive breast cancer.

  • 64% of breast cancer cases are diagnosed at a localized stage (there is no sign that the cancer has spread outside of the breast), for which the 5-year survival rate is 99%.

  • Although rare, men get breast cancer too. In 2020, an estimated 2,620 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer this year in the U.S. and approximately 520 will die.

  • 1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in her lifetime.

  • Breast cancer is the most common cancer in American women, except for skin cancers. It is estimated that in 2020, approximately 30% of all new women cancer diagnoses will be breast cancer.

  • On average, every 2 minutes a woman is diagnosed with breast cancer in the United States.

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