I will never forget the conversation that took place several years ago now and since that day, I have watched several friends walk through breast cancer, three this year alone, including a fellow Café writer who is currently on the mission field. This post has been re-posted for several years, and until there is no more breast cancer, it will continue to appear every October. This year alone another friend lost her battle with cancer that began in her breast. I have friends who are terrified to have a mammogram.
CALL a friend.
TAKE her with you.
I’ve scheduled mine for next month. PLEASE JUST DO IT.
If this reminder causes just one woman who joins us at the Cafe, to make that appointment, then we just may save a life.
One precious life.
Flashback to October 2010…
We sat at breakfast and I reminded everyone that I had a doctor’s appointment.
“For what?” asked my 9 year old at the time.
“I have to have a test done that detects breast cancer, a mammogram.” “Oh yeah, I saw the NFL players all wearing pink shoes and helmets because it’s breast cancer month. It was cool.” He dumped his cereal milk in the sink and he was off.
The girls lingered. “What exactly do they do at a mammogram?”
I described the procedure and they looked with twisted faces and giggled, “Have fun!”
I laughed at them and quipped, “Just taking care of the temple.” The older one smiled and they were off.
It was certainly NOT the way I’d choose to spend a glorious October afternoon. You KNOW what I mean! Truth was that insurance issues at the time and the fact that I would have to go through the tangled loop of interstates that run across Atlanta, tempted me to just “skip” it this year. The insurance hassle that I had gone through nearly had me throwing up my hands and saying, “I don’t have time for this.” And then the subtle voice that recalls a verse at the right time….the Holy Spirit whispering.
“Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God?”
1 Corinthians 6:19
“I know, I know, blah, blah, blah… I do take care of my body. I eat well, exercise, get enough sleep, (usually),” I chatted back. “Your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit. Your grandmother had cancer and you need to do this”
I knew what I needed to do.
I called, fought with insurance and made the appointment. It REALLY isn’t that bad. A bit awkward, comical really, but necessary. It is October and we SEE the reminders everywhere this month. If you haven’t made your appointment for your yearly exam, and you’re over 40, and you know who you are, it’s time. It’s all part of taking care of the Temple. A dear friend has recently been diagnosed with breast cancer and she too had done everything right. She nursed 4 boys. Surely, that was preventative. Not so. She is undergoing chemo as I type. Hers was caught early enough and she’ll be with us for a long time to come, but had she not gone, it would have spread, the doctors are certain.
We’ve all got a temple.
We’ve all got to take care of it, from the inside out.
It’s also time that we pray, warrior style, for those sisters who are fighting the fight, and for the families and loved ones of those who valiantly fought the fight. They encourage and inspire us. If you are a breast cancer survivor or have someone in your life who is, please leave a comment or link to your story so that we can pray for you. If you have lost a mom, friend, neighbor or loved one to this horrific disease, let us know as well. Those women were courageous and we want to keep their legacies alive. Your stories of survival inspire us and encourage so many of us. This month as the world turns pink, may it be a reminder to each of us to send up a prayer for a fellow sister, and at the same time nudging us “take care of OUR temples.”