breast cancer awareness month // from a teenager

this is a very important topic to me, but before i get more into it i want to clarify one thing:

my goal is not to gain pity, or attention from this post. i want to share my experience with having a loved one who dealt with breast cancer and encourage more funding and awareness.

exactly one year ago, my mother passed away from breast cancer.

it wasn’t a matter of realizing she had it too late, in fact she had no family history of this. she was diagnosed not once, but twice. once in 2016, and the other in 2019.
2016 was stage 2 cancer, but thankful she was cured 2 years later.
in 2019 she had gotten it again, but this time it was stage 4 – the highest, meaning the cancer was spreading.

see cancer is a disease that takes and takes and takes. recognizing it early can help, and those who have, have a higher chance of surviving and it being cured, but unfortunately it isn’t guaranteed.
breast cancer is a common cancer and more than 240,000 people are diagnosed with it per year. anyone can get breast cancer.
of course, despite what you identify as if do you have them ( breasts ) screening is especially important, and even more as you grow older ( 20’s + ). my mother was diagnosed for the first time when she was in her late 30’s.
another thing to keep in mind, if you have a close relative with breast cancer, your risk increases.

if you feel the risks apply to you, please take the time to click on the links:
β€’ information on breast cancer screening
β€’ more information
β€’ spotting breast cancer

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this is especially important if you have a family history of breast cancer.

please note that this does not guarantee anything, if you feel that you are in the risk range please check this out.

[ these are tips on how to be a healthier in general ]

  • working out / exercising regularly – this falls into many categories, but that only says how important that is. if you’re ever looking for workouts sanne vander @youtube is a favorite of mine. she is so positive and motivational ❀
  • avoiding sugar – this is something i’ve been told as i have a high risk of breast cancer due to family history. again, this is a huge one in addition to eating healthy and avoiding processed foods
  • managing stress – although it was unsure of what caused my mother’s cancer, stress was a huge part of her life and without it, there could have been so many positive changes. there is a game called flow which you can play on crazy games lol it’s calming.

unfortunately, there are many things you can’t control like risk factors, however being healthy has so many benefits.

if you want more information, this article explains everything you need to know about breast cancer.

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those who have cancer have a greater risk of severe illness from covid, as immune systems are weakened through certain treatments.

in fact, research is at risk due to the current situation in the world.

please consider donating to one of the organizations below or clicking on the links:

β€’ Donate to American Institute for Cancer Research
β€’ Donate to American Cancer Society
β€’ Donate to the Breast Cancer Research Foundation
β€’ Donate to St. Jude – End childhood cancer
β€’ Breast Cancer Charities List
β€’ What You Can Donate to Help People With Cancer – Give more than money

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cancer is always scary. whether you know someone who has a loved one dealing with cancer, or who has it, please support them.

what someone identifies themselves as and the color of someone’s skin should not matter. remember, anyone can get breast cancer. because of these opinions, many are not getting the treatment and support they need.

be the spark in that person’s life. many people who have a loved one going through cancer hide their feelings, as they are scared to upset those around them, especially the one who has cancer. lend them a shoulder to cry on, words don’t need to be said all the time.

keep those who are going through cancer company. offer to help them out, spend time with them, drive them to appointments if you can. cancer leaves many drained, tired, and even in pain. they’re scared too.

be mindful that cancer patient’s immune systems are often weak from therapy. avoid being around them if you are sick as to not infect them. it is also recommended not to bring flowers or pets near the person.

β€’ here are some thoughtful gifts you can give to a cancer patients
β€’ more gift suggestions
β€’ supporting a friend who has cancer
β€’ when someone you know has cancer
β€’ a guide to supporting your friend when someone in their family has cancer

[ if you have more links on cancer / breast cancer, please leave them in the comments. i will add them ]

if you or someone you know is going through cancer please don’t hesitate to talk to me. i will support you, i understand. you can send me an email through my contact page. my email is sarafowall@gmail.com

and of course, continue to show support for other issues in the world as well:

support black trans lives

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donate forΒ free

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please take the time to educate yourself on other issues around the world and see what you can do to help [ here ]

more of what’s happening in the world

my mom always wanted me to talk about cancer. so mom, this is for you ❀

34 thoughts on “breast cancer awareness month // from a teenager

  1. This also means a lot to me, my Aunt thankfully caught it early, and it was still really hard for all of us.
    She’s healthy now, but i still think about what could’ve happened if they hadn’t caught it early.
    I am praying for your family πŸ’•πŸ’•

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  2. Sarah, thank you so much for this post. Raising awareness in what is important to you is something I highly respect and appreciate.(I have a blog segment on ASL and the Deaf Community.) and thank you for sharing you experiences to some people who haven’t had experience with it it seems surreal. This helped open my eyes. Again thank you! and I am praying for you and your family!
    God Bless,
    Jules

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  3. Yeah…breast cancer is scary…actually every time of cancer in scary.
    Awareness is one important thing and I’m glad you raised it to all of the friends that read your posts. Like honestly though, Sara. You are one strong girl, I must say. My heart dropped at the third sentence and I hope that she passed away relaxed with her kid or kids by her side. So the first time i read this, I’m like ‘wow, Sara, I never knew because you’re a happy and strong girl and I know you are’. COZ YOU ARE! Sending all the love I can:
    — Srisha x

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    1. yes, it really is important. i’m so glad more people are learning about it, and i hope that number only grows. thank you for the motivation srisha! lots of love to you too ❀

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  4. Sara, this was a such a powerful post. And breast cancer is definitely a subject that requires to be focussed on and talked about more. I know a neighbour who’s going through this and I appreciate you taking the time to pen such an informative post.
    I am truly sorry for your loss. I admire your strength and I’m proud to have known you. Do stay safe and take care. You’re making a difference, one step at a time.❀️

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    1. of course, breast cancer and other cancers are well known, but funding is the next huge step. praying for your neighbor ❀ i'm glad this can help some people πŸ™‚

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  5. I’m so so sorry Sara and I know that doesn’t change much but just know ily and God loves you ❀️❀️
    My grandma died from Breast cancer and so my mom and even I myself are considered high risk. It’s pretty -ok fine-really scary to think about, like all cancer and death is. But this was a wonderful informative post and my heart goes out to you πŸ’—

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  6. sara….i am really so sorry and ..this post is very important…i feel great that u actually raised this topic on ur platform..and awareness should be done!U r soo strong and i am lucky to have read this post…cancer is scary but standing againt is much stronger
    the last line…it was so emotional and i give all the support u need

    xo

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  7. Sara, thank you so much for sharing your insights with us. You’re so brave and incredible, I’m really glad to have you as one of my closest friends. Sending lots of love ❀️ Everything you said in this post is true, and you put it all so eloquently. I’ll definitely be looking into these charities. Love you!

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  8. thank you so much for sharing all of this knowledge with us, it must have been a difficult subject to write about but you’re really doing a beautiful thing by spreading awareness πŸ™‚
    I’m so sorry for your loss and i will pray for you πŸ’ž
    power to the local dreamer ||-//

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  9. That was so good, I’m so so sorry about your mom. That sucks so bad. Ik what it’s like. When I was 8 my Nona (grandma) got diagnosed with ovarian cancer. She had to get a historectomy, which ik is the taking out of the uterus, but that is where the ovaries are. She had that surgery and then instantly went into chemo and radiation. After a bit she had this hard lump on her side… She thought it was just her body reacting to the surgery. We went in because it got bigger and bigger. They said three months. There was a tumor. I. Was. So. Mad. I still can’t wrap my head around it. But she died. So yeah it sucks πŸ˜₯. But the oncologists made me so mad. Right after her surgery she went into a PET scan. She had already had the tumor but they just and I quote, ” didn’t catch it”. But yeah life goes on for everyone else except me right? But it’s life, death is just as natural as birth.
    You know what… I’m not try a be incensitive but I wish there wasn’t a Breast cancer awareness month but just Cancer awareness month.
    Anyways, thank you for the encouragement.
    – maycee

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    1. i’m so sorry about your loss. may your grandmother rest in peace. cancer is a painful process for everyone, and i can understand your anger.
      hopefully different types cancer get more awareness and funding as well, as it’s important to speak for all.
      stay safe ❀

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