Tuesday, October 2, 2012

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Since October is Breast Cancer awareness month there is something I want to share with you. Someone very close to me is a breast cancer survivor. A wonderful woman who means the world to me. A woman that has always been there for me and my children.

She is a strong willed woman that has taught me how to be one as well. She is the first person I call when I get up in the morning or when I hear something I think she'll want to know, or if I want advice. She is also the person I call every night to tell her my love and that I'll talk with her in the morning.

This special Breast Cancer Survivor is my Mamaw. I blog about her all the time because she is such a BIG part of my life. She really means the world to me. Her name is Betty and she is 82 years young. She is a widow, my papaw died from a heart attack 20+ years ago. She never remarried because she always would say, "When you had the best you will never find anyone like them". They ran off and got married when she was 13 I believe. They had 2 sons together and then they basically raised me. I am the only grandchild, which I totally love. I have given her 4 wonderful great grandchildren that she SPOILS 24 hours of the day, 7 days a week.

I remember when she told me it was cancer. I was pregnant with B2 (14 years ago). It was Christmas time. I sat in the doctor’s office, trying to fight back the tears while listening to her doctor. She chose to take the whole breast off and go from there. I was so scared. My Mamaw had breast cancer. How could I possibly live without her in my life?

She had her breast removed the day after CHRISTMAS! I was up there the whole time, never leaving her side. After they brought her back to her room, where I had been waiting, I remember going to the bathroom breaking down, thanking God for letting her come back to me. I sat in a chair by her bed until she went home. She would have done the same thing for me. Well, she has done the same for me.

Everything came back wonderful!! Her lymph nodes looked great. She didn't want chemo or radiation. She just wanted to heal from losing her breast.

Not a day goes by that I don't thank God for my Mamaw. She has been a big part of my life that I don't know what I would have done if she hadn't of beat cancer.

I am a big supporter of Breast Cancer. I buy the pink. I donate to the cause. I hope that one day there will be a cure.

This post is Dedicated to my Mamaw Betty. I love you!

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