When someone in your family becomes ill, it can often times change the dynamic of the family. Lisa Neary was just 8-years-old when her mother was diagnosed with stage two breast cancer. It was hard for her to understand exactly what was going on at the time, however, her mother's fight against cancer has left a positive impact on the family.
Neary remembers the moment when her mother told her she was diagnosed with cancer. “When she said I have cancer, I did not really know what was going on,” said Lisa.
As a daughter of a mother with breast cancer, all she wanted was for her mother to be okay. The experience grew Lisa closer to her mother because they were always hanging out with her when she came home from the hospital. They even spent time making her posters to show their appreciation towards her.
Lisa’s mom would often go to appointments for chemotherapy, which caused Lisa to stress out about her mom. “I would always cry when she took off her beanie because she didn't have any hair,” said Lisa. This aggressive process lasted for about a year before her mother was announced clear of cancer.
Lisa's family have now established a different level of appreciation with one another. She now values life's most precious moments and advises other families who may be experiencing this struggle to do the same.
“Do not worry. Just be there for your mom as much as possible,” said Neary. Lisa and her mother recently attended the Pink Out game, at her high school which helped to raise money for breast cancer.
In America, 1 in 8 women are likely to be diagnosed with Breast Cancer. During the month of October, Breast Cancer Awareness is recognized to inform communities on how to prevent and handle the disease.
It can become life threatening when it moves from the breast to vital organs. It develops in stages and can be treated in different ways such as chemotherapy, radiation, and surgery. Doctors are doing continuous research to find more ways to end breast cancer.
To learn more about how you can prevent breast cancer, contact your local clinic or hospital for screenings.
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