This month is Breat Cancer Awareness month and I felt it was important to write a post about what part this disease has played in my family, and support the TLC Guide
Just over a year ago my Mum found out breast cancer had returned to test her life – this time more aggressively than before. She had first had it around 15 years previously and had a lump and lymph glands removed. This didn’t keep the demon at bay and the doctors told her a mastectomy was needed this time. Thankfully my Mum was aware of the signs and what to look for. She had a feeling that this would be the outcome.
When my Mum told me I cried. I felt guilty that I couldn’t be there for her as much as I’d like as I was in the midst of directing a Pantomime (which I dedicated to her). My Mum, ever the trooper, didn’t get upset, instead she told me that it was still her, she was still going to be alive longer than her Mum was and she still had another one! (meaning breast!).
I am the eldest of 7 children and ever since I can remember my Mum has been there for every single one of us. She tirelessly supports us, gives wonderful advice and loves us all equally. She doesn’t take flash holidays or buy expensive things, she enjoys spending her time being there for us. She told me the other day that she has to try and see us in turn and make sure she has mentally ticked each one of us off her list. She also babysits each of her 5 grandchildren regularly.
When I asked her this morning if I could blog about her today, she confirmed it would be ok. I had rung her because she texted me this morning to say that she had flu so couldn’t pick Grace up from school but could still have her for the night! I told her I wouldn’t dream of it. She told me that Grace was a credit to me. Well, I believe that I model my parenting skills on her example. So, a million times thank you to you Mum, I hope I am a credit to you.
Because of my Mum, and her advice, I regularly check for any signs of breast cancer. TLC’s valued advice will now mean I can make sure I can do it properly and pass this knowledge onto my daughter.
My Mum will be 66 this coming Wednesday, 24th October and the week after I am taking her for some Mother/Daughter time and afternoon tea in Windsor. I am thankful everyday that she is still here. I love you Mum
Finding breast cancer early could save your life. Know the signs, text TLC to 84424* for your free handy TLC guide from Breakthrough Breast Cancer, or register at www.tlcguide.org
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