Guest blogger: Please welcome Sherri, a nurse who is new at blogging. Follow her at www.sherrifillipo.com
I promised my mother I would not do anything edgy before October breast cancer awareness month (ugh), but standing in line at Wegmans yesterday I knew there would be no holding back once I got home.
You see, as I stood there in line, beautiful, bald Joan Lunden stared back at me on the cover of People magazine with the quote, “I will beat this!” It made me so angry I just had to look away. I wanted to speed dial her and set her straight. I imagined she would pick up the phone and I would say,
“Joan. Listen, you have it all wrong. You don’t get to decide if you will beat cancer – the cancer does.”
And then I would go on to educate her on cancer that stays in the breast versus cancer that leaves it and what a disservice it is to women and families who deal with the diagnosis of terminal breast cancer and how they might worry that they had not fought as hard as say, Joan Lunden, and that’s why they were dying. Oh, I’ve gone and gotten myself started!
October is a rough month for women who are living and dying with metastatic breast cancer. I have so much I want to write about! Stay tuned.