In October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness Month I will post a daily blog with a reflection about breast cancer. The reflections will stem from something in the play.
Day 1: “I did not have breast cancer. I do know that. But I seem to be the only person who knows how this story is going to end.” The Actual Dance
My relationship to breast cancer is based on the impact that breast cancer has had on our family – our referring to Susan and me. Susan’s mother, Bertha Kalmans, and my mother, Frieda Alfman Simon, both died from metastatic breast cancer. My sister Marion Simon Garmel is a survivor. Susan’s sister-in-law Roz Kalmans is a survivor.
The Actual Dance tells a story of MY journey in response to Susan’s diagnosis of stage 3 breast cancer in 2000. Given our family history you now have of my mother and Susan’s mother, what do you think my reaction was to Susan's diagnosis? If you have seen the show you know.
Stats of the Day: According to breastcancer.org 246,660 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the US, along with 61,000 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. About 2,600 new cases of invasive in men in 2016.
Task of the Day: SAY A NAME OUT LOUD. Take a moment to think about breast cancer. Who in your family has it or had it? If no one, who do you know who has it or had it? Now SAY THERE NAME OUT LOUD. Here I go: Susan (not my Susan) & Barbara.
Resource of the Day: Cancer Support Community In July 2009, The Wellness Community and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the Cancer Support Community. By helping to complete the cancer care plan, CSC optimizes patient care by providing essential, but often overlooked, services including support groups, counseling, education and healthy lifestyle programs. Today, CSC provides the highest quality emotional and social support through a network of more than 50 local affiliates, 100 satellite locations and online. Find a local Cancer Support Community affiliate here.
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