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Cancer Awareness

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I am SO THANKFUL for modern technology and early detection!

October is National Cancer Awareness Month. This is a very important time for my family and possibly yours, or someone you know. My mom Connie, was diagnosed with breast cancer early of November of 2001.    My mom shares her experience with us:


I had my yearly mammogram when the radiologist had the technician repeat the mammogram several times from different angles. The look on her face could not be disguised. She was nervous and I could see it. When she came in with the radiologist to talk to me about the need for a biopsy she could not hold back her tears.  November 28 ,2001 was the day cancer was found during a biopsy.   At my appointment with the radiologist, it was recommended that I  have radiation. I live in a small community, so was referred to the closest large city that had the advanced facilities I needed. Prior to treatments I was tattooed in three different spots; one on my chest, one on my left side and one near my armpit. The purpose was to show the machine where to center the treatment itself. I was very fortunate not to need chemotherapy.

I drove 174 miles, Monday thru Friday for 37 days, traveling by myself, to receive treatments that lasted 28 seconds. The schedule was:  arrive  at the radiation center, change into a gown, have the treatment, get dressed and leave after no more than 20 minutes.  I was so grateful for family members who were able to travel (from the opposite direction) to accompany me for my treatments.

The staff in a radiation center were prompt and SO UPBEAT that no one could walk out of there and not be smiling.  An added benefit was that you meet the most interesting people that are going through the same thing that you are, so an immediate bond is formed, even if you only see them one time.

Now several years later I am cancer free, thanks to a wonderful and special radiologist that questioned one very tiny dot on my mammogram that he did not feel good about. Have you yearly mammograms ladies , they can save your life !! And remember that your attitude will get you through anything . So SMILE, LAUGH and BE HAPPY!

Mom’s sister Peg, met her for treatments when possible.  When I could, I traveled to meet mom (which was a half way point from her home and mine) for her appointments.  Since the radiation appointments were so brief in time frame, we had time to peruse bakeries, wander the mall and just spend time together, which was a good memory for me.   The support from family and friends was so important for mom’s well being and positive outlook during that stressful time by giving her comfort and support.

This month, if you are due for a check-up, please schedule the time and find the resources to make sure all is well.  I look forward to many years to have you as a friend and reader of A Mother’s Shadow.

I hope you will read the following guideline from the American Cancer Society’s website.  Click HERE for tons of information on their site covering a wide range of topics from when to have checkups, to how to tell loved ones if you are diagnosed, to the myths of cancer. 

Be healthy, be safe and please make an appointment with your doctor if it is time, or you just have the feeling it is needed. 

Cancer-related check-ups:

  •  For people aged 20 or older having periodic health exams, a cancer-related check-up should include health counseling and, depending on a person’s age and gender, exams for cancers of the thyroid, oral cavity, skin, lymph nodes, testes, and ovaries, as well as for some non-malignant (non-cancerous) diseases.
  • Take control of your health, and reduce your cancer risk.
  •  Stay away from tobacco.
  • Stay at a healthy weight.
  • Get moving with regular physical activity.
  • Eat healthy with plenty of fruits and vegetables.
  • Limit how much alcohol you drink (if you drink at all).
  • Protect your skin.
  • Know yourself, your family history, and your risks.
  • Have regular check-ups and cancer screening tests.

For information on how to reduce your cancer risk and other questions about cancer, please call anytime, day or night  1-800-227-2345 or visit  online at

Copyright Carrie Groneman, A Mother’s Shadow, 2013

Recognize a blessing and be a blessing today.  Stay healthy to continue being a blessing!

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10 replies
  1. Janine Huldie
    Janine Huldie says:

    Such valuable information and couldn’t agree more that getting tested regularly really can make such a difference. thank you for the reminder today, Carrie and hoping you are having a great week so far now!

  2. Diane Roark
    Diane Roark says:


    Please thank you mom for sharing her story. I am also so thankful they caught it early. My sister in law has been battling breast cancer for over 10 years. She was 35 when diagnosed. Every time they stop chemo treatments the cancer comes back. She has now had it 3 times, so she continues chemo every 3 weeks for 10 years in a row. She now has 6 or 7 years left to go before they see if it will come back.

    Thanks for making everyone aware how important it is for early detection.

    Diane Roark

  3. Connie
    Connie says:

    Please know that men can get breast cancer also . They need to do monthly exams the same as we do in addition to checking their testicle’s for lumps or irregularities .

  4. Leilani
    Leilani says:

    I need to be better at checking myself. I had a roommate in college who had breast cancer. She was the most amazing girl. She’s been in remission now for quite a while and has since married and has two beautiful children. But when you’re young, in your twenties, you think you’re completely exempt from all that stuff. But not really. Thanks for sharing this!

  5. Karen
    Karen says:

    I’m so happy to read your mom’s story and see her doing well! I can see her positive attitude all over her face and that is such a blessing! My mom battled for 13 years, and passed away just over 4 years ago, and I am convinced that her attitude was a part of her lengthy battle – she always looked on the bright side, even when she was suffering.
    I love how you mentioned the time spent together during treatment – precious times!
    Thank you for sharing with us at Wake Up Wednesday!

  6. Kimberly
    Kimberly says:

    Hello cute lady! Wonderful article. Pinned. We couldn’t think of anyone better to party with. We hope to see you tomorrow at 7 pm.
    Happy Sunday! Lou Lou Girls


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