Breast cancer has been a part of my life for several years now. My maternal aunt, Nina Moretti 1925-1995, died of breast cancer after a very valiant fight. All of a sudden the statistics hit home and monthly breast self exams became part of my life.

In the course of a persons life there are events whose dates stay permanently etched in your brain. Your birthday, wedding, the birth of your children or the death of a loved one. For me there are two more dates. The first is the date of my Multiple Sclerosis diagnosis -- 11/24/97. And now added to the list is the day that I found a lump in my left breast -- 10/24/99.

After my family doctor did a breast exam he set up an appointment for my mammography. I'm normally a pretty relaxed person but this hit me pretty hard. For me my faith is a daily part of my life and I turned to my Lord for the strength to deal with this. I am truly blessed to have so many people who went to prayer for me!

To make a long story short...

He heard those prayers and everything is OK. I have to keep an eye on the "lump" and if it changes I have to get in to see my doctor right away. But, that is something I would do anyway.

Below you will find links to the sites that helped me to learn more about breast cancer. If you or a loved one is facing this disease there is a lot of useful information about treatment on these sites.

The very best thing you can do is to do a monthly brest exam. Early detection is the key to survival!

My prayers are with you...Annie

American Cancer Society
Breast Cancer Network

Understanding Breast Cancer


Questions To Ask Your Doctor

National Alliance of Cancer Organizations

Breast Cancer Network

EduCare Inc.

My Experience With Breast Cancer

By: Patricia MurrayVery graphic! But a wonderful personal story of courage!