A member of our Pink Cart team wrote us this week to share that she has, unfortunately, joined the ranks among the millions of us that have been touched indirectly by breast cancer. Her story is as moving as many that we have heard before, yet heartened with optimism given the recent release of the American Cancer Society’s annual report.
For those of you that have had to hear the news that a mother, grandmother, aunt, sister, friend, or co-worker has to prepare for this battle, we expect you will find familiarity in her words, but we hope all of you are able to find strength in her message.
Today I learned that a friend was recently diagnosed with breast cancer. As the initial shock passed, and the news sunk in, I felt my eyes welling up with tears, feeling for her and the journey she was about to embark upon. No sooner had I heard this unfortunate news then did an article appear on my computer screen; it was a statement from the American Cancer Society stating that cancer mortality rates had decreased by 20% since their peak in 1991, with breast cancer mortality rates specifically having more than a 30% decrease. These decreases were attributed to a number of factors including a reduction in smoking rates and improvements in early detection techniques.
Cancer is a terrifying word, but each day medical improvements and advances are being made, and mortality rates are dropping. Programs like the Pink Cart and supporters like you are helping to create change by promoting solidarity and increasing breast cancer awareness. Together we tirelessly fight for a cure for this disease which has an impact on so many.
My friend is one of the toughest, most positive people that I have ever had the pleasure of knowing. She has an incredible sense of humor and optimistic outlook on life. Her uncompromising focus and desire to overcome challenges will serve her well while she is receiving treatment. She possesses a great deal of personal strength in addition to a strong support network that is standing behind her, every step of the way.