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A Reminder: It’s Breast Cancer Awareness Month

I tried to suppress my urge to smile during the funeral service for my mother’s dear friend, Helen Smoak. I sat in the beautiful St. Matthews Church in Charleston this past Sunday listening to Helen’s lovely daughter, Heidi, share her heart and humor. “I know who will be the first person to meet my mother at the pearly gates,” said Heidi. I already knew the answer. ”Mom will be greeted by Eleanor Jenkins who will escort her to the heavenly hair-do beauty shop.” My eyes glistened hearing my mother’s name mentioned. What a sweet moment!

Posted in breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, humor, Ta-tas by Jane Jenkins Herlong.

My Ta-Tas Fell on 9/11; Breast Cancer Awareness

My sister had breast cancer.  It was a shock to all us since this was a first for the women in the family.  The one thing that I observed as my sister dealt with this aggressive form of breast cancer was her ability to laugh and have a positive attitude. The title of this post is an actual quote from my sister, “My Ta-Tas Fell on 9/11.” Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to share her story.

My sister had breast cancer.  It was a shock to all of us since this was a first for the women in the family.  The one thing that I observed as my sister dealt with this aggressive form of breast cancer was her ability to laugh and have a positive attitude. The title of this post is an actual quote from my sister, “My Ta-Tas Fell on 9/11.” Since this is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to share her story.

My sister decided to have both breasts removed since one was “positive” and the other was “busy”, (hyperplasia).  I stayed with her after her surgery and saw what she had to deal with.  What was upsetting to me was the fact that she decided to stop having mammograms which led to her diagnosis. Had she continued to have her screenings, the calcification stage would have been detected before breast cancer developed. However, she was a trouper and I am convinced that her attitude made the difference.  I remember she was listening to the song, “I Will Survive” as they wheeled her into the operating room when she had her double mastectomy.

Posted in attitude, breast cancer, Breast Cancer Awareness, Ta-tas by Jane Jenkins Herlong.
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