Breast Cancer Awareness

Hola mi gente!!

With Breast Cancer awareness month approaching us in October, I think it’s time we all take a moment to get ourselves checked. Breast cancer is not the only cancer. Sadly, you can get cancer anywhere in your body. Cancer isn’t biased. It does not care who you are. You can be rich, poor, young, old, smart, anything it doesn’t matter. So many people have lost their lives to this disease. So many have lost loved ones. Many have actually fought and survived. But not enough of us have beaten it. We need to be aware that cancer is real and it happens to all of us one way or another. Make sure to see your physician if you have any concerns. Get tested annually for cancer. Get genetic testing to see if any cancerous diseases run in your family. Read, go on the Internet, ask questions. Get as much knowledge as you can about cancer. Volunteer for upcoming events or hospitals. If you have cancer or know someone who has cancer, please know you are not alone. This October even though it is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, let’s start a new trend. Cancer Education Year! Let’s dedicate a year [hopefully more] to gaining all the knowledge and help we need to move towards a future in which cancer does not exist. With this I leave you with a note to myself when cancer hit close to home. I hope we all can come together and beat this until it’s gone.


Passages to strength

Come in many forms and lengths,

Survival of the fittest,

The biggest Lessons learned

Appear only when earned,

When fate turns Its back on you,



With questions of how and why,

Will I die? How many tears am I able to cry?

The inquiries never seem to subside,


I am a warrior-Braveheart if you will,

Yet within the walls of my ivory skin lies a disease that will kill

At will

With no prejudice or bias,

Ready to guide us

To our Maker of life

Where there lies no strife,

Maybe finally a day of peace

The heartaches will cease,

But my soul tells me to get up and fight

It is not my time to go towards the light,

The flight

That is destined for me

Is to be

The leader of every community

To help them see

It is not about you or I –it is about we,

I will not be added to the list of the deceased

Time of death


Any demon can be defeated

As long as in the Lord’s hands you are seated,


I beat you for over 5 years, I can do it again

And it’s amazing how my smiles take the place of those tears,

I now hope…instead of fear

And I pray that my message to all is crystal clear,

I stared Cancer right in the face

Not with anger but with womanly grace

And told it to get the hell out of this place!!!!!

Dira Monroe (C)

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