To Love and Cherish: Thoughts on Black Women and Breast Cancer

29 Oct

As national Breast Cancer Awareness Month comes to a close we hope that you have made an appointment for your annual mammogram and continue with your monthly breast exams. We need to take care of ourselves so we can take care of the ones we love.

2 Dope Sistahs

Ten years ago, I lost a very close friend and colleague to breast cancer. I met her in graduate school, and like so many of the women I met there, she became like family to me. My friend, C.W., had worked as a nurse for many years while raising her family. She went back to school and got another degree in history. She then decided she wanted to attend graduate school and have a second career as a professor.

She told very few people about her diagnosis. I guess she didn’t want people to feel pity for her. In spite of treatment, the cancer spread to other parts of her body. However, she kept right on attending classes and teaching until she went into the hospital for the last time. I often think of how caring she was, calling to check on my husband after he had minor surgery, when she must have…

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