Think pink! October is breast cancer awareness month, and we are all for celebrating and remembering strong women who have battled breast cancer. This disease affects 1 in every 8 U.S. women, and it is likely that we all know a woman who has endured a battle with breast cancer. I wanted to dedicate this post to women everywhere, and give a shout out to a few.
Rosemary Deneen is better known to me as Grandma Deneen. She is my mother’s mother, and she was diagnosed with stage 4 post-menopausal breast cancer at age 77. Because of this, she chose to have a mastectomy and did not have reconstruction. I watched as the chemotherapy ravaged her body, but her smile never wavered. Grandma Deneen actually chose to have a trial medication, so she could help others who had to battle this horrible disease. Luckily, my grandma now is cancer-free!
Sweet Sandy from Grease was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 44 and underwent a modified radical mastectomy and a year of chemotherapy. In 2005, she released an album called Stronger Than Before, dedicated to “going through difficulty and living through it.” In 2017, she was diagnosed with breast cancer again, but she says she feels good because of the support of her family, friends, and team of wellness and medical practitioners.
Although Jolie never actually had breast cancer, she underwent a double mastectomy in 2013. She did this because she had a high risk of developing breast cancer. Jolie stated it was not an easy decision to make, but one that she is very happy with.
Roberts performed a self-breast exam in 2007, and was soon diagnosed with breast cancer. Co-anchor of Good Morning America, Roberts took her audience on the journey alongside her. She underwent surgery, chemotherapy, and radiation, and she now lives cancer-free.