“I knew what breast cancer was. I knew all about self-exams, but a picture of what to look for keyed me into knowing I had a terminal disease.”
“Without having seen a picture randomly with real information, I wouldn’t have known what to look for.”
Erin wants others to know that spreading awareness is different than showing support and standing in solidarity. It’s so much more than sporting a pink shirt and sharing a hashtag.
“So if you truly want to help people WITH cancer, or those who will GET cancer, share photos like this one.”
Her post hits close to home for me, because my mom is 1 in 8.
In 2012, she was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer, and I watched for two years as she underwent a double mastectomy and full reconstruction surgery. Nine surgeries and a completely “remodeled” body later, she’s a survivor.
But like Erin, it wasn’t because she wore a pink ribbon and acknowledged the existence of breast cancer. It’s because she knew what to look for, which led doctors to catch the invasive killer in its early stages.
Breast cancer touches all of us. Whether we’ve had it ourselves, or know someone who’s had it, we all have a testimony to the destructiveness of the disease.
So please, “know your lemons,” and share an image today that could literally help someone you love recognize what breast cancer FEELS like.
My prayer is that one day nobody will have to endure breast cancer or the life-sucking treatments that are available to destroy it. But until then, may we all spread REAL awareness, and be intentional about what 1 in 8 really looks like.
For more information, visit knowyourlemons.com.