Breast Cancer Awareness Month
OCTOBER IS BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. I MENTION IT EVERY YEAR BUT THIS YEAR IT HAS A SPECIAL SIGNIFICANCE BECAUSE EARLY IN JANUARY, I WAS DIAGNOSED WITH THE DISEASE.
by Judy Newman
As anyone who has been in this situation knows (and I know there are many of you out there!), this diagnosis is devastating and life changing.
The words “you have breast cancer” are the beginning of an unwelcome ‘journey’ that you have little control over and certainly didn’t sign up for!
So this month my message is simple: apart from making sure you have your regular check, please, please listen to your body and if you feel something is not quite right, get it checked out. That’s how it was with me even though I had a check just three months before. And the good news is that early detection and treatments have improved significantly with survival rates greatly increased.
But I also want to tell you about some of the wonderful things that made the situation bearable. Family, friends, colleagues, acquaintances and indeed complete strangers were so kind and understanding. So many good wishes flooded in from the many people in the craft world and these things made such a difference.
I received lots of sweet messages and lovely gifts –all completely unexpected.
Among the wonderful things I received was a friendship quilt with heart blocks created by quilters all around the country. Quilters are wonderful people – we know that!! I wanted to share a picture of it with you here today because some of the people who contributed to it may not have seen the finished piece.
The blocks have signatures and messages, and I have to admit when I first saw it I was completely overwhelmed. Thank you to everyone who put a little piece of quilting in there for me.
And to everyone out there, be aware, this month – and every other month too!