Helping to Fight Breast Cancer

Every year, thousands of women across the world begin the toughest struggle most of them will ever face. They spend more time with doctors and in hospitals in a week than most of us do our whole lives. Poison is regularly pumped into their bodies in the hope that it will save their lives. These are the millions of women who are diagnosed with breast cancer.

Breast cancer remains one of the most common forms of cancer striking women. There is a great deal of money going into the battle against breast cancer from many funding sources, but thousands of new diagnoses are occurring every day. This disease strikes the patient of course but also deeply affects her family and friends

A lot of us know someone with breast cancer and know first hand how much pain it causes everyone involved. It is unbelievably difficult to stand by and watch a loved one in so much pain and be helpless to offer any relief. The hopelessness one feels is indescribable as they watch their loved one go through the physical and mental stress inherent in patients with breast cancer.

A lot of women are natural-born repairpersons. It is part of their makeup to fix things that are broken. Women particularly find it almost impossible to do nothing when someone they care for is in pain. Bad news for them, there is no magic wand to wave to make it all better. The vast majority of us are just regular guys not scientists or researchers or physicians. We will never discover the cure for cancer. What we can do is support those people who are working so diligently to do so.

We all have the ability to make a difference in the lives of the millions of women diagnosed with breast cancer. Donations to cancer research have a positive impact on those scientists working toward more effective treatments and an eventual cure. Substantial funding is paramount to giving those doctors, researchers and scientists enough resources to enable them to devote more and more time to their work for the cause. Donating is easy. You can support cancer research through monetary gifts or give your time and skills to the more administrative task of fundraising. Some join the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure, some send in their pink Yoplait container lids.

Donating time and/or money to cancer research is an admirable thing. There are other ways to help as well. Women with breast cancer have tremendous health care bills which can devastate a family’s budget. If you know someone with breast cancer, drop off some groceries, a large pot of spaghetti with sauce or a batch of scones. When you do, ask them about anything else they might need that you can supply and then start up a neighborhood project of collecting things for this family who lives on your block.

Breast cancer affects millions of women, their families and loved ones. Advances are being made in the treatment of breast cancer due to the copious amounts of money and time spent on research. There are still many women who succumb to breast cancer. Those who survive the disease often inspire others by telling their story. Those women who don’t survive have left behind many friends and loved ones who support breast cancer research in their honor. All of us should join them in fighting the battle against breast cancer so fewer should have to grieve. If we form a united front, a permanent cure for breast cancer has a chance of being discovered in the very near future.

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