I know its past October , the cancer Awareness month but hold up, hold up lets keep the Breast cancer awareness flowing even past October.. anyway back to the story..👌👌👌👌👌👌
Why have I been scared to not go for the screening? Is it really fear I tried to think with a bit more on flashbacks and still nothing was adding up. It’s simply was an unexplainable hold on myself that holds not only I but millions of women out there plus not knowing where to start and the culprit of all the cost to get screened.
It honestly had to be 2016, October where I actually took the bold step of going for both breast and cervical screening courtesy of Soccer Divas during a Football Tournament held in Mombasa Arena whose mission was raising awareness on cancer. When you finally gather all your courage and guts to actually do it, it’s a great feeling wish I could spread such a feeling to everyone to enable early screening and detections which gives more room for early treatment.
Two years ago, I got a call from one of my siblings that one of my sisters had a lump in her breast which needed to be removed as a matter of urgency. It wasn’t cancerous but the lump had to be removed. Everyone went into a panic mode the cash for the operation wasn’t on the high end but it still was a hustle looking for the cash to enable the simply surgery procedure. I remember crying and being scared for her like how is she holding up is she scared or freaking out while the thought of all this and money was not incoming almost drove me insane. She is well now, procedure went through and she does her regular check.
It’s funny how we don’t take some things seriously or even think about it until it happens close to or hearts. Cancer has been known to be a 40+ disease that few understand but once it drops the number to below 40 people wonder. Once it becomes so common the fear that it brings it’s scary and for a milli second numbs your whole system. That is how I felt when my close friend and sister from another mother got diagnosed with breast cancer six years ago. Luckily it was in the early stages and since she had been doing her own routine check up at home and changes that came when she noticed something amiss she took immediate action.
Fast Forward to now, she is well underwent all the necessary medication and procedures. I have never been numbed and scared at the same time. I thought I was gonna loose her; had it been me in her shoes back then, honestly I would not have discovered something amiss, why? I would not have detected early for reasons of not knowing how to do the at home checks. Secondly Fear, fear would have crippled me to silence and thinking it’s just a tiny problem and pain with thoughts that it would disappear. Not Knowing, not wanting to know and not having the effort to find out would have doomed repercussions.
Talking about it, raising awareness is the way forward. We have many cancer survivors telling their story of courage, hope, faith and love. Cancer affects all of us, whether you’re a daughter, mother, sister, friend, coworker, doctor, or patient.” –Jennifer Aniston
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