Advocate & Raise Awareness Every Month

Laura Jafri

Laura Jafri

There is always so much talk about breast cancer during the month of October.  This month of awareness has almost come to a close for another year.  It’s really important to remember what we learned during the month of awareness.  We should always remember and put into action the tools that the awareness movement has taught us.

Every October at our office here in Owosso, we change all our exterior light bulbs to pink and hang a large pink ribbon on our chimney.  It looks so nice and makes us feel good to know that we are raising awareness with such a simple change.  The staff at our office wear pink breast cancer awareness shirts as well.  

This year it felt a bit different for me personally.  Two weeks ago, I discovered a lump in my breast for the first time in my life.  The feeling was one of instant despair.  My heart sank and I was filled with fear.  I cried every day despite the fact that I was trying really hard to distract myself.  I had many friends that were concerned for me and they encouraged me to think positively.  

My mammogram was scheduled for October 26th.  It seemed forever before that day would come.  When I went for my appointment, they did the mammogram and then they informed me that I would need an ultrasound as well.  This frightened me but I understood that it was important to double check and to compare the two tests.

I left with no answers, just more questions and fears.  They said that I may hear back from my doctor next week.  When you are in any circumstances that are stressful, the waiting for answers seems to take forever.  It makes it so difficult to think of anything else.

I received a call from my doctor’s office today.  The were calling about an unrelated matter.  My husband asked them if they had the mammogram results yet.  They did.  The mammogram and the ultrasound both looked normal.  Wow!  I can’t believe it.  It could have been so different.  There are so many women that hear terrible news.  I feel so blessed that my news was good.  However, it makes me feel even stronger for those that were less fortunate.  

I will keep advocating and raising awareness.  We all need each other.  We need to be strong for our friends.  We need to step up and do what is right and help our loved ones so that they can conquer their battle with a friend by their side.

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