1 in 8

So, I was sitting here on this cold snow filled day trying to think of what I could write that would bring to this small audience a post that would enlighten and embrace their minds.

1 in 8. What an amazing statistic!

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One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. 1 in 8. It is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women. It is the second leading cause of death among women. Each year in the United States more than 200,000 women will be diagnosed with breast cancer and more than 40,000 will die. They are someone's Mother, daughter, sister, wife, friend, grandmother, partner, believer. We all know within our circles some woman who has or is experiencing breast cancer at some stage; I, IA, 2, 3, or 4.

I am a survivor. Many I met during my breast cancer experience were generally overwhelmed and filled with anxiety. Some pressed on to a variety of treatments and survived. Some had cancer that metastasized to other body parts, known as Stage 4. They offered themselves to clinical trials and experimental drugs so that others could benefit from their sacrifice. Some survived. Some survived for a while. Some died.

Each woman left someone behind. The children of these brave women, who are left motherless, work hard to try and understand what happened and why? They are the victims, as were their mothers, of Stage 4 breast cancer. They, the children, live on.

Join LESLIE'S WEEK in offering the Stage 4 breast cancer mothers and their families a week off from cancer.  Who do you know that has been impacted?

1 in 8.