; breast cancer
The month of October is also known as the Breast Cancer Awareness Month to many. Breast cancer is the most common cancer worldwide and it can affect both men and women.
To understand more about the risk factors for Breast Cancer, please check out National Breast Cancer Foundation’s website!
Today, I am not sharing a personal story, but my mother’s story.
When my mother was in her 20s, she was diagnosed with leukaemia. After suffering in the hospital for about 2 years, she finally had a bone marrow transplant and managed to survive.
Everything was fine until last year.
The doctor found multiple lumps in her breast and confirmed it to be Stage 2B Breast Cancer.
She went for surgery twice because the first time, they did not remove all of the lumps. And she went for radiotherapy as well. But she rejected chemotherapy.
I tried to convince her to go for chemotherapy but she rejected the idea, and I sort of understood why she wouldn’t want to experience it again.
I said ‘sort of’ because I was posted to an Oncology ward previously. And seeing the patients live day by day in pain was incredibly heart wrenching. As a daughter, I didn’t want her to live through that pain. But if she needed to go through that pain to live another 10 years, then I had to at least try to convince her.
But my mother didn’t want to live through that pain again. She would rather live happily for the remaining time she has than live in agony for another couple of years.
My mother has kicked cancer’s butt twice. And now we are just playing the waiting game. Hoping that she does not get a relapse in the next 4 years.
Unfortunately for me, breast cancer is hereditary. So compared to others, I am at a much higher risk of getting breast cancer. Thus I have to be extra careful with my health if I want to live till I’m wrinkly and old HAHA.
I believe the link above will provide you with all the information you need about breast cancer, so happy reading friends!! :’)