Thursday, October 2, 2008

Blue jeans for breast cancer awareness

Tomorrow is National Lee Denim Day. Wear your jeans and make a donation to help find a cure for breast cancer.

I'm an eight-year survivor. My grandmother and aunt have also survived. I've lost a coworker to the disease, and several other women I know have been through some kind of scare after finding a lump or receiving the results of a mammogram.

I was 33 when I was diagnosed, and my son was just four. I worked summer school that year. There were many times when, due to scheduling conflicts and my family living far way, I had no place to leave him, so I had to take him along with me after school to the hospital for my daily radiation treatment. Picture me in one of those awful open-backed gowns, asking the ladies in the waiting room to keep an eye on him while I went in to the "chamber". My little boy sat on the floor with his coloring book and crayons and sat patiently, while several kind-hearted women of various ages and different stages of illness watched over him for me. I remember those good, strong women and offer up a good wish for them, wherever they may be.
Please share the Lee National Denim Day link with family, friends, and coworkers - and donate to this urgent cause. May our mothers, sisters, daughters, and girlfriends see a future without breast cancer.

10 comments:

Betty said...

I will check out the link. Congrats on being an eight year survivor. We all need to do as much as we can to work towards a future without breast cancer. Last year my daughter and I were in a 5 mile walk to raise money for the cause. Every little bit counts.

Lana Banana said...

amiga, tu eres una inspiracion . . . on so many different levels.

yo fui al orange county susan g. komen foundation 5K walk last weekend and raised $1500 in the blink of an eye. almost $2M were raised for that one day! and if i can raise money, ANYONE can.

you're amazing.

katied said...

I pictured everything you wrote and couldn't help but thinking what strong person you must be. Congrats and I will pass this on.

Jennifer said...

Cassy -- Yes, congratulations on being an 8 year survivor. That must have been a really scary time for you, and you had to be strong for not only yourself, but your little boy, too.

I have a friend going through chemotherapy right now for breast cancer and another friend who just found out she has the gene that predisposes her to both breast and ovarian cancer. Suddenly I find that life isn't as safe as I once thought it was.

Thank you for publicizing this important cause. I will check out the link.

Mr. Magoo... said...

Tienes un valor muy especial, eres muy valiente y eres una gran persona, has enfrentado la adversidad con una gran garra, y eso, eso es simplemente admirable.
Compartire el link como lo has pedido, a mi manera coopero para esta causa, ya sea en una carrera, o como hacen en mexico, comprando un balon de futbo "rosa" donde una parte de los fondos son donados a la causa.
Un abrazo, y de nuevo, mi admiracion para ti.

lisa said...

Hey, thanks for stopping by and thanks for letting me know about National Demin Day - I didn't know there was such a thing.

I have an aunt that survived breast cancer and I'm so happy they removed the whole tumor. I glad you're ok too.

Lisa

jakill said...

Hi fellow survivor. I'm ahead of you with 15 years since my single mastectomy. It's good to be alive.

Sandi said...

Congrats on being a survivor. I am also a survivor but of Hodgkin's Lymphoma. I was pregnant during it all and had chemotherapy during my pregnancy. I had to take my kids to my treatments but my husband was always there to help. I am thankful for him and that I have a healthy baby girl!!

Dra Irasema said...

Hola!
Te felicito por tu fuerza y por la sensibilidad para transmitir lo que sientes.
Actualmente tengo a mi madre de 71 años con su segundo Cancer de mama, el primero fue a sus 42 años.Andamos en quimioterapias y esas cosas, mi madre al igual que tu es una guerrera invensible.

Te contre en blogcatalog y te segui la pista.

Espero seguir leyendo tu blog y te invito a leer el mio.
http://somosadolescentes.blogspot.com
Saludos desde Tijuana, Mexico.

Dra. Irasema Diaz

abby villa said...

i like your blog style. thanks for opening up about your experience with cancer, and congratulations for making it through. my mother's a cancer survivor. she's 76