When people I love have breast cancer.

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month

As we wrap up National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I reflect on the thoughtful, inspirational blog posts I read throughout the month.  You know what, I have amazing friends across the blogosphere. One friend in Raleigh is determined to cure breast cancer. Another is worried about inheriting the BRCA gene because her mother had breast-cancer. Many walked 60 miles to raise money to find a cure. And one brave friend details her personal fight to “kick breast cancer in the ass.”

Heroic? Yes. Strength only a woman can have? I certainly think so.

Women are strong creatures, which is why I want the people I love to “fight like a girl” when faced with breast cancer. This year, Breast Cancer Awareness Month hits close to home. My best friend’s mother was diagnosed with breast cancer earlier this year. Thankfully, she is doing well and currently is cancer-free. I saw her shortly after she was diagnosed. I could tell she was struggling both emotionally and physically, so I hugged her and told her we would fight this together. Fight she did, and I am so proud of her.

This also is the first Breast Cancer Awareness Month where I can point to someone my age, someone I grew up with, someone I love, someone fighting the good fight.  I have not one, but TWO, college friends who are dealing with the disease. We are all young (40 or younger). One has a success story to share, the other had her last treatment of chemo today.

I am humbled and overwhelmed by the strength and spirit of my friends, they are amazing women. Both are active members of their local communities. Both are loving wives with amazing husbands. Both are mothers to four beautiful children. Both are graduates from Iowa State University. Both are my beloved sorority sisters. Both are my friends. Both are breast cancer survivors.

I have a message for my friends Gretchen and Becky, and to my “other-mother” Gloria, and I don’t say it often enough: I am proud of you. I am humbled by your strength. I am blessed to be in your life. Keep fighting the good fight and being the examples you have become.

- LTV Mom

This post was inspired by participation with the Yahoo! Mother Board, where 80 amazing women share thoughts on a single topic each month. While Yahoo! is my client, these thoughts are mine and I did not receive compensation for writing this post.

Photo credit: Fight Like a Girl

7 Responses to “When people I love have breast cancer.”


  1. 1 Vanessa

    Stacy,
    What an amazing post. Breast cancer is becoming increasingly personal for many of us as loved ones get diagnosed. There’s toughness behind the pink and your post is a beautiful reminder of our strength. Thank you for that! Vanessa

  2. 2 Gloria

    I was touched by your comments about my battle with cancer. I feel blessed to be cancer-free after a relatively short period of treatment. I attribute my ability to stay strong to my great family which includes my “other-daughter.” and to some great medical professionals I was fortunately referred to. Thanks for your stand.

  3. 3 Amy, YodelingMamas

    Wow, this is a beautiful tribute to your friends and women everywhere who are battling breast cancer. It’s wonderful to hear these great success stories. Sending love to you and your friends who are fighters, survivors and inspiring women!

  4. 4 ilinap

    Wow, this post really hit home how many people are affected by breast cancer. Here’s a big high five to you and your friends! And thanks for linking to my post. I gotta walk 39 miles in April so every little bit of sofa cushion money helps!

  5. 5 Becky

    Stacy,

    I’m touched and so proud that I am able to share my journey. Thank you for walking with me. Cancer knows no boundries and it does not discriminate. BUT, neither do I. When it comes to a fighting the good fight I have done my best but NOT without amazing people, like you, cheering me on the whole way. I am proud to “Fight Like a Girl!” but then again, is there any other way?

  6. 6 Heather

    Stacy,
    Thank you for sharing this post with me. It seems all too often that all of us are affected personally or someone we care for deeply is affected by breast cancer (or ovarian, or cervical, etc, etc, etc). I too am continually amazed at the strength of these women. I know there have been some amazing advances against this disease, but I hope your friend in Raleigh’s dream comes true. If we all keep up the fight, how can we not win?

  7. 7 Vicki

    Thank you, Stacy, for your heartfelt tribute. Your words of encouragement and admiration are a huge source of strength for these strong women and many others. We have beeen blessed to have you as a member of our family! And thanks for the reminder to me to keep telling my Mom how proud I am of her too. Sometimes when you’re so close to everything going on, it’s hard to step back and remember the big picture. Thanks! XOXO

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