About 8 years ago I sat down at a table in Rochester, Minnesota and held a meeting called “intake” with a woman who was extremely nervous. You know, when someone sweats, it was that type of nervousness. His body was also weaker than before. And the strength it took to walk through the door to meet me that day was all she had and every ounce of courage to show up. This woman was a breast cancer survivor who had just had her last radiation therapy a week ago. And the fear was still in his eyes.
1 in 8 women in the United States will be diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime
Throughout my work with cancer survivors through the LiveSTRONG program at the YMCA, I have met over 150 cancer survivors who have all shared their stories with me. Through my training for this program, I knew that over 50% of the survivors I would meet would be breast cancer survivors, but honestly, I hadn’t realized how many people in our community were affected until I meet these amazing women face-face.
1 in 8 women in the United States hears the words “breast cancer” in her lifetime. When people first hear this statistic, most of us don’t really take a moment to think about what it really means. Eight people. We all know at least eight women and based on that statement, there’s a good chance that one of those women we know will be sitting in a doctor’s office at some point in her life to hear her new diagnosis.
A Rochester nonprofit is here to help everyone on their breast cancer journey
Women and men are diagnosed with breast cancer every day in our community, and fortunately, an amazing non-profit organization in Rochester, MN is ready to help these people along their journey; Join the journey. This organization offers a mentorship program called Pink Ribbon Mentors, support groups, a dragon boat team that meets in Silver Lake, and several resources for patients. You can find out more about what they provide or even ask for help on their website: www.jointhejourney.us
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