Breast Cancer Awareness Month (Aloha #17)

Aloha and TGIF everyone!

Thanks to Kailani at An Island Life for starting this fun for Friday. Please be sure to head over to her blog to say hello and sign the Mr. Linky there if you are participating.

 Aloha Friday by Kailani at An Island Life

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My question for this week is inspired by October being National Breast Cancer Awareness Month:

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month

Has anyone in your life been diagnosed with breast cancer? If so please feel free to share.

Right before NHL was born my father’s sister received some horrible news. My family actually tried to hide it from me at first because I was SO very pregnant. I knew something was going on and told them I wanted to know. They finally shared with me that my Aunt S had been diagnosed with breast cancer. I remember those days, sitting at my grandmothers house and aunts just being there with everyone.

For years Aunt S had been going for tests and watching herself because of a family history of breast cancer. Suddenly she was faced with the news that she had always feared. NHL was born and soon after she had her first of many surgeries. Those months were very hard to witness as Aunt S longed to hold her new nephew but could not risk it.

Aunt S has been a breast cancer survivor for five years now. We are so lucky that she was on top of things and caught it early. Growing up I spent a lot of time with Aunt S and Uncle M before they had children. I would play dress up, watch videos (Barry Manilow concerts – they all corrupted me), and bake with her. Both of my boys are also very close with Aunt S. NHL spent the day with Aunt S and my grandmother the day JSL was born. Thankfully when JSL was born Aunt S was able to snuggle him lots. Here are a few photos of my Aunt S, a true hero in my life and most importantly a brave breast cancer warrior.

Aunt S with JSL 

A true warrior


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  • Steffj89 says:

    You’ve been tagged….see my blog for details

  • I haven’t had anyone in my family (FINGERS CROSSED) diagnosed, but I had a neighbor when I was growing up who was diagnosed. That must have been about 20 years ago. Her prognosis surely would have been a lot better today. She fought valiantly, went into remission for a couple of years, and then lost the battle. :(

  • AmyG says:

    My Aunt was diagnosed with Breast Cancer when I was younger. She’s doing great now.

    I’m glad your Aunt is doing well.

  • Nancy says:

    I’m glad your aunt is doing well.

    Breast cancer is one cancer that has not effected my family. Jon’s grandmother had breast cancer years ago, she had a mastectomy. I didn’t even know about it until she passed away.

  • Shawna says:

    Breast cancer is just about the only form of cancer that hasn’t touched my family or Mike’s. We’ve been through liver, lung, prostate, brain, skin . . .

    Breast cancer is my biggest fear.

    Glad Aunt S is A-OK!

  • Nina says:

    What a great questions.
    Thank God I have not had anyone in my life aflicted with breast cancer. Other cancers yes but not this one. I am so thankful for that blessing.

  • Jen says:

    My mil had a masectomy last year after a breast cancer diagnosis. They tell her they think they got it all, but but long after the cancer is removed- you still fight it.

    So happy to hear your Aunt is a survivor.

    Happy Aloha Friday!

  • I am a breast cancer survivor! This October marks 2 years since I found out I had a malignant tumour. It grew 3 in. in about a month. I went to the Doctor on October 13th and had the tumour removed on October 31st.
    I am very fortunate and blessed at this point, there has been no sign of its return. I do attribute this at least in part to Lifestyle changes that our family made and to use only nontoxic products for everything. All of the changes have not been easy, they still are not what I call easy but they are becoming a way of life.
    I will be participating in the Susan Komen Race for the Cure tomorrow. My first official 5K!

  • Great grandma had breast cancer. Mom had benign tumors. Aunt died of ovarian cancer. BRC genes also indicate high risk for ovarian cancer. My cousin is a survivor. Mahalo for raising awareness with this question.

    BTW I worked at Sea World San Diego in high school, and I worked in a restaurant where I cut watermelon in the mornings. I had to wear a chain link glove and I practically used a captain hook machete. ;) Tomorrow I am doing a pineapple cutting demo post.

  • Denise says:

    Great grandma was a breast cancer survivor which was the first I’d ever heard of cancer as a child. She lived until I had grandchildren and I think it was because my grandma prepared the most nutritious meals for her until she died at 94!

    Thanks for commenting on my blog today! We have just found a home business that is phenomenal!!

  • Jennifer says:

    I lost my mother to Breast Cancer 2 1/2 years ago.

  • I am glad to hear your aunt is doing so well!

    My mom is a 2 time breast cancer survivor! I will be having my first mastectomy in a month.

  • Tara says:

    My grandmother died of breast cancer. I took care of her the last 6 months of her life. It was really difficult. I am so thankful for the time I had with her.

  • Tena says:

    My aunt is a breast cancer survivour!!!

  • Aubrey says:

    A really good friend of the family, my other mother. :) Found a lump in her breast the night of my sisters wedding rehearsal. She made it throught the wedding weekend on pins and needles awaiting the news. The tests came back malignant. :( The diagnosis was not good. 3-6 months even with chemo and radiation. It had spread to her lymphnodes. Her son was supposed to get married the next summer. We planned a wedding and 2 months later she got to dance with him at the reception. almost exactly 1 month later, 3 months after the diagnosis she passed away. :( I miss her like crazy. She was such a sweet, awesome lady. She actually loaned me her wedding dress to get married in.
    breast cancer is a terrible thing, and together we can fight it. If we all stand up and Support the Tr(.)(.)ps Together!! :)
    Love you and Miss you So Very much Sue!

  • Anne says:

    my aunt died of it

  • Deborah says:

    My Aunt, but before I was born. So, all my life I knew her, she only had one breast. I didn’t think anything of it. She passed away a few years ago, but not from breast cancer.

  • I don’t know anyone in the family who has been diagnosed with breast cancer but I have a classmate in college who died because of it.

    I admire your Aunt S for her courage and strength.

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