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Chris, Volunteer Mentor (@auntieoakley)

We’ve come a long way baby! How grateful are you?

Breast Cancer | Last Active: Apr 14 10:12pm | Replies (34)

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I'm grateful for everyone working to stop this cancer from affecting 1 in 8 women in their lifetimes. So I'm grateful for the researchers from myriad disciplines sharing what they learn to try to decode, prevent, fight and treat breast, and other, cancers. And grateful for the medical practitioners who chose this area of medicine to specialize in.

I'm very grateful for the thousands of people willing to participate in studies that advance understanding of cancer, many of whom did so at great inconvenience and often while ill themselves.

I'm also grateful for those fighting for a less toxic environment and soils as I believe that both are factors that can negatively affect our immune systems and will be found to play a role in U.S. cancer rates.

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I meant to include that I'm grateful that breast cancer, as perturbing as it is, is not the assumed death sentence it was in the not too distant past. A friend asked what Olivia Newton-John's death meant to me, having recently had a lumpectomy for breast cancer. I said that aside from the dismay and compassion for the pain and discomfort she suffered, my take-away is that someone can live 30 years after an initial, aggressive cancer and have a life of continuing value! That is not the breast cancer experience I heard about growing up and is already a game-changer. I watched a Netflix feature and the actress Toni Collete revealed a partial mastectomy while changing clothes. It wasn't alluded to, or part of the plot or significant in any way. Just a woman, who'd had to have surgery for something, and otherwise living her life. That is,, cancer was a responsibility to address in a life; but not the life. As with the moderators here dealing with various conditions, some very difficult or limiting, and nonetheless living lives with focus and joy. That example means a great deal to me.