Good Morning! On contrary to late sleepless nights blogposts, I am writing this as early as 10:00 a.m – makes me wonder about renaming this blog after all, seeing as I am sleeping more now adays than I ever did, or so I like to convince myself, I’ve had my share of sleepless night, flipping channels, watching endless episodes of CSI in hoopes of getting some sleep.
With October here, one cannot help but rememer, it’s Breast Cancer Month worldwide, and if you live in Jordan, you probably noticed the campaigns by the King Hussein Cancer Foundation and the Jordan Breast Cancer Program (JBCP) down the streets
This years campaign encouraged women to get screened with a new slogan “إوعدينا تفحصي ” which translated to, Promise to get Tested. The banners have different character roles from different walks of life representing this campaign, a Sheikh, a Minister, an Actor, an Athlete, a Doctor, and Singer.
Here are a few tips that I found on the Jordan Breast Cancer Program (JBCP) website (http://www.jbcp.jo/) that are worth sharing with you and every woman in your life. See your doctor immediately if you notice any of these changes in your breasts:
- Lump, hard knot, or thickening of the breast
- Asymmetry in breast shape or contour
- Dimpling, puckering, or bulging of the skin
- Rash or swelling
- Scaling of the nipple or breast skin
- Change in the breast/nipple skin or color
- Nipple discharge, crusting, or ulceration
- Nipple that has changed position
With that said, its easier said than done mentioning that even if you are diagnosed with Breast Cancer, you need to have will power to survive it, but its a true story. I remember about four years ago back in 2008 my Aunt got diagnosed with Breast Cancer. When my mom broke the news I was devastated and the thing about my mom is, she is a strong cookie, one of those who don’t show emotion and don’t need to break into tears. I on the contrary, am like my aunt, I mean seriously I can break down and cry over an episode of Greys Anatomy, although I try to put on a strong face on most days, but then again that’s not the case.
At first, I was in denial, I had recently started volunteering for the Siwar Program at the KHCF, and as the weeks went by I learned more and more, and hence became more confident that my aunt would make it. I got to the point when I stopped asking my self why that had happened to her, and had faith in God and in her. I knew she had a positive attitude towards fighting such a heinous disease.
By the time I stopped asking why, I remembered that more than 2 million women where diagnosed with breast cancer around the world, and I also know that when detected early the survival rate is high. That is when I had faith that she was a survivor. That’s when I knew that some where along the lone, we’d be celebrating more of her birthdays for years to come, despite all the pain, tears, and sadness that she had gone through throughout the process.
I was right, today four years later, my aunt still complaints to my mom that I’ve gained so much weight after getting married, that I look great, but if I could drop down a few sizes like I was on my wedding day about 9 months ago, I’d look better than every. Today, my aunt is a breast cancer survivor, because she wasn’t scared to go down the line of therapy, and because she believed she can beat it, and she did.
My aunt, is the candle that lights up the dark, I thank her for being a survivor and for beating all odds, the world isn’t the same with out her. The world isn’t the same without YOU… so while you’re reading this, pick up the phone, send a text, and encourage a woman including yourself to get screened. Knowing your far away from getting breast cancer would be a relief, that’s what my mom says annually. But if you’re diagnosed, don’t get scared, the earlier the detection, the better, and I bet you will kick ass and survive it too Inchallah!
Happy October everybody!
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