Why this matters to me

I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer on September 30, 2015.

 

I was 45 years old, with two sons, 11 and 15 years old.
 
I was not at high risk for developing breast cancer.  

 

According to the checklist of how to avoid getting breast cancer,

I did what I was supposed to do.


I exercised 5-7 days a week, ate a well-balanced diet, no red meat... in fact before kids, I had been a vegetarian for over 15 years.  I had nursed both my kids for a year each... I don't carry the BRCA gene, I thought I was a healthy woman.  

I shouldn't have cancer.
 
But that's not the way cancer works.

 

It was a waiting game, waiting for biopsy results, waiting on the stage of my cancer, waiting to find out the aggressiveness of my cancer, waiting to see if it had spread, waiting to find out what treatment was needed... 

WAITING WAITING WAITING

​I met, and became aware of so many women that were diagnosed with Breast Cancer. 

Every time I turned around, there was another woman that had cancer

or was newly diagnosed.

 

I was given a huge amount of literature about Breast Cancer.  The literature told me to eat well, exercise, reduce red meat, and reduce alcohol.

 

For my particular cancer I’d be given a pill to block the estrogen

that is feeding my cancer. 

 

Fix, or hope to fix, it with a pill

NOWHERE in all of the literature, or all the doctor visits, was I informed about the possible connection between chemicals, and breast cancer.  

 

NOWHERE did it say that the daily products I used, sometimes many times throughout the day, contained hormone disrupting chemicals.

I stumbled on the connection between chemicals and cancer...

I focused on Breast Cancer for obvious reasons,

but the links between chemicals and other illnesses are there too.

This is something WE ALL should be aware of.