October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Breast cancer is one of the most common kinds of cancer in women. About one in eight women born today in the United States will get breast cancer at some point. The good news is that most women can survive breast cancer if it’s found and treated early, A mammogram – the screening test for breast cancer – can help find cancer early when it is easier to treat.

Beating breast cancer is near and dear to my heart. Let me tell you, cancer sucks. Two of my family members have fought the fight with breast cancer and won. In 2011-12, my mother-in-law was diagnosed with breast cancer and, with surgery and radiation, she successfully has been cancer free ever since.

And then in early spring of 2018, my daughter Lisa was diagnosed with breast cancer – a different type of breast cancer from her grandmother.

This one she alone owned. However, Lisa, being Lisa and not wanting to rain on anybody’s celebrations, waited until after March birthdays, after Easter, after Mother’s Day, after county fair, after my mother-in-law’s and my birthday, after my grandson’s graduation and after Father’s Day to let the family know she had breast cancer.

While she was being noble and patiently waiting, she made all the inquiries, biopsies and appointments, so by the time she let our family know she had cancer, she was about to start chemo treatments.

She was very diplomatic when she told me I would not be taking care of her during her treatments. Letting me know her best friend and confidante who lives about five minutes away would be with her, and close enough if she needed help.

Were my motherly instincts raging? You bet; after all, aren’t mothers supposed to take care of their ill children, no matter what their age? However, common sense prevailed when I realized it was better for her health and comfort not to be concerned about anything except getting cancer free.

The cancer was aggressive and the chemo treacherous. Lack of appetite, loss of hair and energy, daily flu-like symptoms, mastectomy and reconstructive surgery would have set most of us spinning out of control, but Lisa stood stoic with her angel-on-earth amazing caregiver, and I cannot thank her enough for taking such excellent care of my daughter.

Lisa did what she was instructed – exercised, ate and kept to a normal daily routine as much as she possibly could with the determination of stomping cancer into oblivion.

We celebrated the end of her chemo treatments in November 2018. And, on Feb. 12, 2019, she was pronounced cancer free.

It wasn’t that simple or as easy a journey as it is written; there is a lot more to her story, but it is her story to tell. And, if you ask, Lisa will share her story.

National Breast Cancer Awareness month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of finding cancer early. Make a difference! Spread the word about mammograms, and encourage communities, organizations, families and individuals to get involved. The more we talk about it and get the word out about early detection, the more lives are saved.

Galt High’s homecoming week was a success.

The mini floats were interesting and doable since the track cannot handle cars or trucks traveling on it. But I do miss the street parade. Some of the staff was brainstorming and thought the mini floats could be put on flatbeds or the back of pickups so there could still be a day street parade with the band and royalty cars. It’s a possibility.

The students seemed to have a good time; however, I didn’t like that clown. He was so realistic, he was scary. The cheerleaders kept the crowd loud, pepped up and the band rocked the house as usual. It was unfortunate the varsity football game did not go Galt’s way. Hopefully, they will do better this week against Bradshaw Christian.

Did you wear your vintage GHS gear – Letterman’s sweater or jacket? Catch up with your friends and talk about the good ol’ days? Isn’t that what homecoming is all about?

Dates to remember:

Sunday, Oct 13 – National Clergy Day – let your church leaders know how much they are appreciated

Wednesday, Oct. 16 – Boss’ Day

Thursday, Oct. 17 – Galt High FFA Drive-thru BBQ

Friday, Oct. 25 – Arcohe School Fall Festival

Thursday, Oct. 31 – Halloween