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CANCER SUCKS!

If you are like me, you have been affected deeply by the "Big C".  When a doctor asks me about my family history, they need an extra sheet of paper.  Both of my parents died very young, my mother died of colon cancer at 51, and my father of stomach cancer at 61.  Breast cancer took two maternal aunts and my cousin Larry (yes, that is a boy's name, men get breast cancer!).  Leukemia, bone cancer, skin cancer and probably others have been represented.   I have cousins that before age 30 had lumps and polyps removed, and an uncle that gets melanoma's removed every 6 months or so.

As you might imagine, I have been getting regular check ups, getting my first mammogram at 25, and my first colonoscopy (they aren't as bad as you think, stop putting it off) at 36.  My husband is in the military, so I was even blessed to be part of a study of new technology called a T-Scan that has been instrumental in diagnosing breast cancer at younger and younger ages, and earlier and earlier stages (the earlier it is diagnosed, the more likely the cure).  Hopefully, it will be widely available soon.

In November of last year, my friend Coleen (who happens to be my next door neighbor) was diagnosed with breast cancer at 31.  She is the mother of 2 boys Matt (2 1/2) and Nick (1 1/2).  Within 2 weeks of her diagnosis. she had a mastectomy, then went through 7 months of radiation and chemo.  She is getting a weekly treatment that she will have to do for the next 6 months, and will be on Tamoxifin (sp?) for 5 years.  The wierd thing is that about 2 weeks before her diagnosis, we walked in the Susan G. Komen Race for the Cure.  When I found out about her diagnosis, I told that she must have liked the pink shirts better (The survivors wear pink in the Race for the Cure). You have to find the humor in a horrid situation.

We are walking this year as a part of the Young Survivor's Team, Coleen will wear pink.  If you would like to donate to a great cause, please visit my donation page at www.kmd2007rftc.kintera.org/bmcgee.  Get out there and walk, run, do something.  Even better...get a regular check up, follow your instincts, and don't take "we'll just watch it to see if it goes away" for an answer, insist on a follow up, it will save your life!  Tell your sister, tell your brother, your mother, your friends, your doctor's...young women get breast cancer.

Warm Regards,

Bridget McGee  Maryland Mortgage Mama  NMLS# 196068  Corridor Mortgage Group.   410-960-2061 EHO   bmcgee@corridormtg.com or marylandmortgagemama@gmail.com

 

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Comment balloon 10 commentsBridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee • August 30 2007 05:26PM

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Sorry to hear your terrible luck with cancer.  Display it on your license plate H8CNCR.  I wish you the best of luck and keep your head up.

 

 

Posted by Todd Haggard, ABR (Century 21 Nachman) over 11 years ago

Sorry to hear your terrible luck with cancer.  Display it on your license plate H8CNCR.  I wish you the best of luck and keep your head up.

 

 

Posted by Todd Haggard, ABR (Century 21 Nachman) over 11 years ago
sorry to hear about your cancer I  lost my dad to cancer he was 56 he had bladder cancer from smoking for many years . people think that if you smoke you;ll just get lung cancer but the sad fact is you can get cancer in places you woulde'nt expect to get it . my mom died at 56 too she had liver disease . hope and wish you luck .
Posted by s walls over 11 years ago

Bridget,

I just posted about a local Race for the Cure in Orange County.  Yeah Cancer does suck.  Not just for the ones who have it but also for their loved ones who have to see them suffer.  Let's just hope in our lifetime they will find some type of cure for it.

Posted by Christi Stewart, Prudential Calif. Realty (Prudential California Realty) over 11 years ago
Hi Todd, It's funny, but since so many folks I know have been affected by cancer, it is really more a fact of life than something to be down about.  I really just want people to know that there is still so much to do to find the cure, especially since there are so many types of cancer and so many strains within each type.  The most important thing is to be proactive!   I plan to be around for my children, getting regular check ups is a big part of that!  I like the license plate idea!
Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 11 years ago

Hi Suzette-I appreciate your sentiment but I please understand I don't have cancer, my  neighbor does and many family members have died from it.  It has definitely affected me greatly and I am doing everything I can to ensure that I don't get it, or if (and with my history, likely when) I get a diagnosis, it will be early enough to deal with. 

I am sorry to hear about your parents, 56 is so young!  There are so many things I wish I could ask mine about...I do believe that they know what is going on with me and I do all I can to make them proud.  Keep the faith.

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 11 years ago

Christi, Thanks for your post for the CA race.  It is important to spread the word!  It is amazing that this race started as a "promise between two sisters", and has grown to what it has!  I want to do whatever I can so that not another sister, brother, mother, father, son or daughter needs to watch a loved one suffer with this disease. 

Are you walking, running, or volunteering?

 

Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 11 years ago
My Broker is a breast cancer survivor. I will keep her in my thoughts. I hope that you are Ok too. That is a lot of people in one family to have cancer.
Posted by Chrissi Zaccheo Ewing (Florida Sun & Surf) over 11 years ago
Hi Chrissi, Thank you for the kind words. I checked out your site.  Your family is beautiful.  I look forward to seeing more!
Posted by Bridget "Mortgage Mama" McGee, Maryland Mortgage Mama NMLS#196068 (SWBC Mortgage 410-960-2061) over 11 years ago

Best of luck with your fight...Stay positive, it is mind over matter a lot of the time.

Cancer Sucks!

Posted by Bob Carney, Licensed MD/PA Real Estate Agent (Taylor-Made Deep Creek Vacations & Sales) about 11 years ago

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