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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 11 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.

She and her team participated in many Susan B Komen Races for the Cure over the years.  This year, she is foregoing the race but she has helped raised lots of money and awareness for breast cancer.

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 and share stories of some amazing survivors. 


Masshole Mommy said…
My grandmother is a breast cancer survivor, so this is the cause that is very near and dear to my heart. We need to find a cure!!
Alli Smith said…
My prayer is that one day they do find a cure. I think just about every family has been touched in some way by breast cancer. My aunt is a survivor and I watched her fight with everything in her to win the war.
Marysa said…
It seems like most people have had breast cancer affect someone in their life, whether it is themselves or something else. So sad, and scary, that it is so prevalent.
AiringMyLaundry said…
Oh my goodness, at 10? I never knew that. I'm so glad this is talked about more often though to bring awareness and support for those going through it.
Any type of cancer is horrible. We support breast cancer awareness every year all year long. Effects everyone.
I hate cancer! I love to see inspirational stories that raise awareness. Monica, you are such an amazing person. Can you let her know, that I wanted her to know that? :)
Jeannette said…
Breast cancer is an awful disease. This is a great reminder to me to get another mammogram. I don't know how I would react if I had cancer myself. I am so glad that there is a support system for it.
Ashley said…
I know many survivors of breast cancer and its people like you who spread awareness who are the silent heroes. Thank you for all your beautiful efforts!
Breast cancer impacts so many lives, I hope they find a cure for it someday soon. October is also Down syndrome awareness month.
Megan said…
At such a young age? Wow! This is why it's so important to spread awareness.
Paula Bendfeldt said…
It's so important to bring awareness about breast cancer. So many people don't realize that it can affect women at any age.
Wow I have to admit I had no idea it could affect people so young, but then of course why couldn't it. What an amazingly strong young women to talk about it as well.
Cheryl Lang said…
How courageous for such a young girl to have to go through this. Both my grandmother and aunt had breast cancer and my mom has a rare form of cancer.
NYCSingleMom said…
this surprised me that someone so young would be impacted. Thanks for making us hyper aware.
Pam said…
I had no idea that breast cancer could affect children so young. I actually had an aunt pass away from breast cancer.
I had no idea it could affect individuals that young. I really pray they find a cure one day. It's such an awful disease.
Claudia Krusch said…
I am really surprised to learn how young she was. I can not imagine having breast cancer at such a young age. I pray they fund a cure soon.
adriana nudo said…
SUCH an important month to raise awareness - even moreso now! I love all of the great causes that you can donate to and events you can attend this month. This story is incredible. Prayers for a cure!

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