While I was celebrating an early Christmas at my mom and dad’s house on Sunday evening, we got a phone call. We had just finished exchanging gifts and were getting ready to eat. And time stopped. My cousin’s son was on the phone and my mom burst into tears. She was dead. A year ago this month she’d been diagnosed with breast cancer.

She had made her decision on how she wanted to live the rest of her life. But it was still frustrating. Nothing they could really do for her. It was horrible seeing how broken my mom was when she got the news. She’s lost my aunt, her best friend and her cousin to breast cancer. I feel terrible for her and my cousin’s children. They live far away from us so emotionally I feel somewhat removed from the situation. I‘ve learned a lot about breast cancer in the past 9 years and they say early detection is the key. There is no “key”. Early detection doesn’t mean that you’ll find out in enough time to save yourself. There needs to be more funding for FIGHTING breast cancer.

If you’d like to know the truth about funding, breast cancer prevention and the fight for a cure, look up METAVIVOR. More for Stage IV!

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