Every time I think maybe I’ll step back from blogging, or change the subject to something cheerier, it happens that I get another moving message from a reader, who reminds me how important it is to keep talking about inflammatory breast cancer (the fast moving cancer WITHOUT A LUMP) and encouraging our researchers and politicians to make progress on finding not just treatment, but a cure.
Today I heard from Diane, who wrote to me 14 months ago when her dear sister-in-law Meighan was diagnosed with inflammatory breast cancer. Diane says,
It has taken me three months to write you a note regarding IBC and my sister in law Meighan. Today, I decided to write you to tell you I appreciate your advocacy and your hope and ongoing strength for so many women. Meighan, at age 40 lost her 14 month battle in June to her stage 4 IBC. She and my brother have 2 young girls and now we see how much this cancer has changed their lives. For Meighan, I walk in one of many breast cancer walks this month and I go and help another friend today pick her daughter up at preschool while she is in the hospital having surgery for her early stage Breast Cancer. I wrote you when Meighan was diagnosed (2008) and I thank you for your information. I wish for you a cure and I will continue to try and do my part in raising awarness and funds.
Dave, my brother, will run the NYC Marathon in her memory and has raised $7,000 in one week for Fred’s Team. This is an organization thru Sloan Kettering where she had her treatments. October is the most beautiful month here in the DC area and I too so very much want it to be about a cure for Breast Cancer.
Meighan was diagnosed after me, and now she’s gone.
This cancer is serious, folks, and it doesn’t mess around. Please take a moment to check yourself, or to remind a friend of yours with breasts to check herself, and look not only for lumps but for ANYTHING UNUSUAL on one breast that is not on the other. Here’s a quick visual (safe for work) that shows some changes you might want to call your doctor about. And don’t worry about bothering her … if your breast is different than it was last month … and the other one isn’t … trust me, she wants to know.