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

 "What do you want me to know?" 

My dear friend, Monica, diagnosed 7 years ago with an estrogen receptor positive tumor, wanted me to know breast cancer can affect women at any age. She has known breast cancer survivors as young as 13 and recently had a friend who was in her early 30s when she passed away from breast cancer.

Monica is the epitome of hope.  A contagious smile and one of the most faithful persons you'll ever meet.  She is an inspiration.

Over the weekend, she and her team participated in the Susan B Komen Race for the Cure.  Check out some of the fab pics from her annual Pink Passion Tailgate party. 

Monica shared a story of a teenage girl she knew who is a breast cancer survivor and it reminded me of a news story I saw a few years ago of an 11-year old girl deemed the nation's youngest breast cancer survivor.  This child had a mastectomy at the age of 10.  Yes, 10.  This kid was in the 5th grade when doctors discovered she had breast cancer.  

Monica wanted me to know
Early detection saves lives.

Disclosure:  None.  This is me.  This is my blog.  This is my chance to share something near and dear to me. 


Natalie said…
I had no idea that an 11 year old could get breast cancer!
lace ruffles said…
Wow even kids can have breast cancer!
Kelly OMalley said…
I have so many loved ones that have had to deal with this. I know how strong they had to be to get through it. I cannot imagine a young woman getting this diagnosis and only be 10. God bless her and all those that are dealing with this diagnosis.
mrsshukra said…
I learned a lot from this post. Breast cancer is cruel.
My granddaughter is 17th and she just found a lump in her breast the doctor is going to biopsy it on Friday the 20th, hopefully everything will be ok. Kids do get breast cancer and God Bless them and all with cancer.
Sara Schwab said…
This is a very good thing to do
Edye Nicole said…
Such an important cause! Thanks for sharing.

Kelly OMalley said…
I have a mammogram scheduled for next month. Not a big fan of them, but you remind me it is important and that early detection is key.
Renee Walters said…
I did not know children could get breast cancer. I guess, it makes sense. Just so horrible!
Kelly OMalley said…
I had a male friend that had breast cancer. It was really hard for him because in addition to having cancer he had to deal with the belief that only women got it. I guess no one is immune.
Judy Thomas said…
I have a mammogram every two years as it runs in our family.
Renee Walters said…
Such an important cause to fight for. Terrible thing to endure!
LauraJJ said…
Oh early detection is so important! Thank you for the reminder...I am a little over due on my mammogram! Going to schedule!
Renee said…
Wow--never knew a ten year old could have breast cancer. So glad your friend is around to share her survivor story and knowledge.
cel mendoza said…
breast cancer is really detrimental to all regardless of age, everyone must be aware of it... thanks for the said informative topic, helpful to all ...
LauraJJ said…
Oh I had no idea it could happen so early in age! Something to watch for in our teens!
Jeanna Massman said…
Since girls are maturing earlier, it makes sense that cancer is striking younger kids. It's really a tragic situation, though.
Laura Bradley said…
The only thing you should know is to always be supportive!

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