My friend from high school was diagnosed with breast cancer in June 2013. The next month she had a double mastectomy. After her surgery I boarded a plane to visit her and now we stay in contact via phone calls and social media until my next trip out of state. Several weeks ago she started chemotherapy. I called her this evening to wish her son a Happy Birthday, but also to listen, chat, and hear how she’s doing.
About two weeks after she started chemo she woke up with some clumps of hair on her pillow that left a bald spot on the back of her head. The next morning she said it looked like “a couple of bird’s nests” where she had slept. What little hair she had left she shaved off. She teaches high school and one of her classes is made-up of students who are 10th and 11th graders – all boys/young men. When they saw their teacher they formed a queue. One by one they approached my friend, hugged her, and told her, “You are beautiful.”
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s hear it for The Girls. And the boys.