A heart-felt thanks to The Augusta Chronicle for the outstanding edition dedicated to breast cancer awareness. As a two-time breast cancer survivor, though, I fail to see the humor in such slogans as "save the "ta-tas" and "you look sexy without hair."
It is by the grace of God and His healing power that I am alive. Glorifying reconstructive surgery and tummy tucks are not what they are led to make you believe. After 91/2 hours of surgery and having six drainage tubes attached to your body for several days; praying for the strength to be able to set one foot in front of the other and walk without having excruciating pain; and enduring the terrible side effects of chemotherapy and radiation provides no humor.
By the way, having no hair does not make you sexy. Why not find the cure? Then no hair loss.
I have a dear friend with stage-four metastatic breast cancer who is literally fighting for her life. We are praying that she will live to see the birth of her first grandchild due the first of November, and that God will bless her with life to see the child grow up.
Predicating that 40,470 U.S. women will die of breast cancer in 2009 makes me ready to fight for a cure. This will be found only through breast cancer research. Locally, at MCG's cancer research center we are blessed to have Dr. Kapil Bhalla, who has a heart for breast cancer research.
Let's commit to giving $20 to the Breast Cancer Prevention Coalition for breast cancer research for every T-shirt that is purchased with a saying about breast cancer. I know I will feel better knowing we are serious about finding the cure! Click onto bcpccsra.org and give, give, give!
North Augusta, S.C.