When I was in the third grade, my teacher was diagnosed with breast cancer. We had to have a substitute for the last couple months of school. This was my first encounter with any kind of cancer. That year my friends and I started volunteering and participating in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure. Not long after one of my good friend’s mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. She was like a mom to me and unlike our teacher’s case; she had to go through chemotherapy and had to have her entire breast removed. Only four years ago, my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. Although both my teacher and friend’s mom were survivors, it was so upsetting to think that my mom was a victim to this disease. Luckily, my mom was only a stage two cancer. This means that there is a chance for treatment and survival. If one is to be a stage four cancer, it is a tough chance that that person will survive. Being stage two, my mom had to have a lumpectomy which removes the breast lump and then followed up with radiation treatments. The day after my mom had her lumpectomy, she still managed to make it to my basketball game. I couldn’t believe her strength. Since her recovery she has struggled with a low white blood cell count. It is pretty nerve-racking every time she gets sick because it can potentially turn into something so much worse. Breast cancer is so apparent in today's society. I now know many people who have been victims to this disease. Thankfully, there are many efforts and many people coming together working towards the same goal which is to find a cure. My mom having breast cancer was one of the hardest times in my life. I truly believe it brought our family closer together and it really showed me a lot more about my mom. She has so much strength, love, a positive attitude, and much more. She is the most amazing person I know and I am so blessed to be able to call her my mom and my best friend.
--A Loving Daughter
--A Loving Daughter