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. (All quoted lines are text from the play.)
Day 7: A good part of the show is devoted to the process of getting news, usually bad news for us. “The Doctors words. They are strange. A new vocabulary that I don’t understand immediately though their import is clear to me.” is what I say in the show about the moment in the surgeon’s office as he explains just how bad the news really is. I was asked once after a performance if I am normally a “fretter.” An appropriate question I suppose because I reveal my instant sense that the process is going to end in Susan’s demise. At each step I became more and more certain that things are going to turn out badly, while Susan is stoic and determined otherwise. Perhaps I was too “Aware”, aware of the fact that Susan’s mother had died from breast cancer at the age of 56. Susan was 54 at the time of her diagnosis. I was driven not just by a natural inclination to worry, but by an acute awareness of history.
Stat of the Day: Today 93% of women diagnosed with breast cancer survive 5 years or more! The statistic for those whose cancer is chemically more resistant to treatment often called “triple negative” is 72%.
Task of the Day: Check out your family history. It is critical to be able to tall a doctor if someone in your family has also had breast cancer. Be Aware of family medical history. Create a book or log in a place where you know you can find it. Or create a computer file and save it “the cloud.”
Resource of the Day: Check out AARP’s health resources including their own “Health Vault” for a personal medical record.