The Ugly "C" Word
Cancer is one word that conjures up images of the Grim Reaper faster than many others do. However, modern medical science has come a long way in battling this insidious bandit of life.
Over the years, I have lost two paternal aunts, several dear friends and a large number of acquaintances to breast cancer. What is sad is that in many of the cases, death could have been prevented had they taken the time to do a self-exam, reporting to the doctor that they had found a lump.
I am not sure why it is that women are afraid to go to the doctor when they find a lump. Perhaps it is modesty, or fear that they are being overly cautious. Perhaps it is difficult to fit into a schedule that is filled with demands from family, friends and/or career. Whatever the reason, it is wiser to make the call, see the doctor and deal with the truth.
This week I will be walking, again, in the local Breast Cancer Awareness walk. As I walk, I will be meditating on those who have lost the battle, reflecting on those who are tenaciously surviving and praying words of the heart that a cure will be found to eliminate Cancer from our lives.
Today's post is part of the WOW-Women on Writing Blanket Tour for Healing with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey by Diana M. Raab, MFA, RN. Diana was a guest on this blog a bit ago. Her experiences, reflections, poetry and journal entries are part of Healing with Words, along with writing prompts so that readers can add their own stories.
Diana is a
survivor of both breast cancer and multiple myeloma. She views journaling as her daily vitamin; it heals, detoxifies and is essential to holistic well-being.
Diana has authored eight books, teaches journaling and memoir writing at UCLA Extension Writers' Program and spent 25 years as a medical and self-help writer.
If you comment on today's post, you will be entered to win a copy of Healing with Words: A Writer's Cancer Journey. To read Diana's post about breast cancer and to access a list of other blogs from the Blanket Tour visit: http://muffin.wow-womenonwriting.com/2010/09/blanket-tour-for-diana-raab.html