October 14, 2014

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month: What Do YOU want ME to Know?

What do YOU want ME to know?

There's a beautiful woman who I attend worship services with.  She has been married to her husband, a retired pastor, for over 50 years and about 3 years ago, she became a breast cancer survivor.

Mrs. Vault shared how she faithfully had a mammogram each year as part of her annual physical, never once suspecting anything abnormal as all of her mammograms for nearly 30 years had come back negative.  However, three years ago she received a phone call after a routine mammogram.  There was something abnormal.  "I never thought in a million years I would get breast cancer" she told me.  "A mammogram saved my life.  A regular, ol' mammogram saved my life."

She asked if I had my first mammogram and I told her "yes".  She then reminded me to have one every other year and be sure to do monthly self exams saying "my cancer was so small I wouldn't have found it just doing my monthly self exam."

How ironic I would capture this picture of her in royal purple, the color of kings and queens for in my eyes, she is a queen.  Mrs. Vault is a devout wife, mother, grandmother and great-grandmother and the respect her family bestows upon her is a sight to see.  She is the epitome of Proverbs 12:4 "A virtuous woman is a crown to her husband..."  As I glance from the choir stand to see Mrs. Vault and her husband of over 50 years holding hands, it's a beautiful sight to behold.  During her treatment she was strong, courageous and faithful.  Her husband's health had begun to deteriorate but she remained his primary caretaker, and he, hers.  Their love has gotten them through and it's a joy to see them every Sunday...together. 
Mrs. Vault wanted me to know
Mammograms are important


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