10 October 2007

14 Years Without You

MySpace has been a great tool to help me stay in contact with family and friends. Not only that, but because of the random things people post, I am always learning new and interesting facts about their life. Although sometimes the details can be rather heartbreaking.

This morning I logged onto MySpace to check on a few friends. Several of them mention Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but one person in particular stood out because she posted a picture of her mother with the caption, “14 years without you.” Sarah is only 23. That means she lost her mother when she was 9 years old.


I have known lots and lots of people who have been affected by a wide variety of cancers. Sadly, very few of them have survived. Somehow I don’t know anyone who’s had breast cancer, so I’ve decided to Go Pink for October in memory of Sarah’s mom.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month (NBCAM). The goal is simply to educate and bring awareness to breast cancer.

Early detection offers the best chance for survival. Breast cancer tumors develop slowly and by the time a lump is felt it may have been in development for as long as ten years. Screening begins at home with a monthly breast self-exam. The most effective detection tool is a mammography and it is recommended that women over 40 have a mammogram each year. The rules change if you are considered high risk, so talk to your doctor if you have a family history of breast cancer.

Visit any of the links below to learn more.

American Cancer Society
National Breast Cancer Foundation
Susan G. Komen for the Cure
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month
Answers.com Breast Cancer Guide


  1. I dont know were to start. This was very very sweet of you. It means a lot to me. Yes I lost my mom when I was just 9. It will be 14 years on oct. 24. Its great that oct is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Its very hard to know that my mom is not there now that have 3 kids of my own. I just hope that people can stop dieing so that moms can be there for there kids. thank you sooooo much.

  2. I'm Sarah's sister. Thank you so much. You made me cry. I was 15 when our mom died. It has been equally hard on both of us for many different reasons. People like you make it easier.



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