In Remembrance of Breast Cancer Month

by Caryl Loper on September 22, 2016

A passage from my journal . . .

While I was working at the University of South Florida, I had an early morning ritual, what I deemed as a charitable act of kindness. I would feed the abandoned cats that lived on campus near my office. For me, there was solace in caring for my ‘furry angels’. Helping cats is one of my many passions. That fiery element, a deep hunger to make a difference, to change the world in a positive way is the core of my being. Essentially it is my existence.

One day while feeding the cats, I heard a distant train. Her horn sang through the air as if to remind me about my passage through time, my journey through life from early childhood until now. When I was a little girl, three years old, my dad would take me to the train station. He would gingerly grab my hand and place me on his shoulders.  I thought I was in heaven, the most magnificent spot, watching the seemingly endless parade of train cars, supported endearingly by the most important man in my life, my dad.  I felt safe, loved and adored. My dad always made me feel special.  I was blessed!  Throughout the years I had a warmhearted kinship, a meaningful bond with him.  I am grateful for his love.  In tribute to his life and his challenges with breast cancer, please read, Breast Cancer Awareness: Did You Know?”

Breast cancer is worldwide, affecting both men and women.  One of my Twitter Friends, Yolanda Michelle, a breast cancer survivor posted my blog on her site.  Shortly after the posting, I received the greatest gift from Yolanda. Yolanda shared with me …”I just wanted to thank you again for sharing your story and article.  You’ve touched people in my area and it’s still being shared with others. Also, I thought you would like to know that two guys I know have been checked, as a direct result of your story, so thank you.”

dadMy dad would feel a sense of gratification that his life served a purpose, that I am passing this significant message and educating the public. Hopefully this message will save another person’s life!

The most powerful tool is being informed and educated. We only become powerless when we choose to deny, ignore and pretend that something does not exist. What’s more, it is vital to our existence to recognize when we need healthcare.  Although I am an advocate for natural wellness, I believe science plays a strong role in the diagnostic solutions and recognize the need for medical intervention.  In today’s times, there are many organizations that share the facts about breast cancer awareness.

For my dad, he ignored the initial signs until it was too late.  If I can draw attention to that plight then perhaps I can make a significant difference in someone’s life. Importantly, never make a casual assumption that it is not a possibility. Choose to be informed and educated, so you can live a full and
long life.

Furthermore, I acknowledge and congratulate Yolanda for being a survivor, and publicly sharing her story how she fought back and won!!!  As Yolanda states, “All too often we overlook the fact that breast cancer affects men as well as women. I started my blog because I found that many young women were ill informed about breast cancer and the belief that it’s an ‘old person’s disease’.  I fully intend to bring as much light to the disease, as I can, because I truly believe somewhere there’s a cure to stop it before it starts”.

Luckily with early detection and medical treatment, there are many survivors. Listen to our good friend, Stacy Shelton on Gary’s Blog Talk Show. Stacy had to confront her most terrifying fear and deal with her worst nightmare when she was diagnosed, not once, but twice, with breast cancer. Previously a successful broadcaster and journalist, Stacy authored her book, ‘Me, the Crazy Woman, and Breast Cancer’. Her inspiration and courage is the voice of hope.

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