In October in recognition of Breast Cancer Awareness 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. My relationship to breast cancer is based on the impact that breast cancer has had on our family. 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 231,840 new cases of invasive breast cancer are expected to be diagnosed in women in the US, along with 60,290 new cases of non-invasive (in situ) breast cancer. About 2,350 new cases of invasive in men in 2015.
Task of the Day (for men and women): To be aware is to be conscious of something. That means think about it.
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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