Honoring Breast Cancer Survivors

by: cancercompass

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It's a time to increase the awareness of the importance of early breast cancer detection and encourage continued education. It's also a time to remember those who have battled breast cancer. It strikes 1 in every 8 women in the United States, with the odds being pretty high that someone you know and love has been diagnosed - maybe even this year. And with more than 2.5 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S., often it's the stories of other survivors that help these brave women keep going.

MyFoxAtlanta recently reported on a group of women that get together to share their stories - The Bless You Girls. Their stories have been transformed into a book, with all proceeds going directly to cancer patients who can't afford to pay for needed medicine.

"The stories were just absolutely unbelievable. They were so inspirational. They were just wonderful. I knew if they helped me, they would help other women," said author Sophia Peavy.

Many other women, inlcuding several well-known singers and actresses, are also sharing their stories to help others. These include:

  • Melissa Ethridge
  • Sheryl Crow
  • Christina Applegate
  • Cynthia Nixon
  • Shirley Temple Black

Also making the list, and proof that breast cancer can also effect men, is Richard Rountree.

Do you have your own personal hero who has battled breast cancer? Please let us know!

To learn more about the cancer featured in this post, please visit our breast cancer information page.