We had a wonderful local Dr who explained to us the stats and symptoms of breast cancer and how to be aware of changes. Her main advice was not too check too often as to cause anxiety. Know your body and check as each new season changes. Here she is demonstrating the 'breast dance':
We had beautiful musical items and a dessert table FULL of deliciousness:
Then, a story of diagnosis, treatment, survival and faith from a woman that bought me to tears. Her advice to people supporting someone with breast cancer:
1. Don't give advice. When you are a patient dealing with treatment, there is information flying at you left right and centre from doctors. As helpful as you think it might be, it's just adding to the overwhelming time for them.
2. Just be there. Email or text saying you are thinking/ praying for them. Don't expect a reply though and don't get offended if they don't send back a response straight away or at all. With appointments galore, and energy at varying levels if 'low', sending replies to everyone's messages may not be their priority ;)
3. Meals, child minding, cleaning, lifts to appointments etc...are all very helpful. Sone people find it stretching to ask for help...so just offer :)
Apart from the fact that we all had SO much fun, I left feeling like I had a better understanding of the Breast Cancer journey from a medical, emotional and spiritual perspective!
***I had the absolute privilege of helping with some of the things on the night! Stay tuned for part 2 of this post that shows the gift each of the women received***Lauren x