Breast Cancer Awareness Month: words from survivors.

Michael Mazzarella ‘15


    Every year, people from all walks of life take part in the month-long drive to raise awareness for breast cancer. In October, Halloween is definitely the event that has most people’s attention, but in the last 10 years, Breast Cancer Awareness Month has begun to rival the traditional October holiday.  


    Teachers and students each share some sort of solidarity with those affected by this terrible disease, and both try to do their part whenever they can. The 5k runs, fundraisers, and all sorts of other things go towards finding the cure. For some perspective, we interviewed two RHS staff members who are actually breast cancer survivors:


    Jan Davis (survivor for 13 years)


    When did you find out you had breast cancer?

Davis: “2001.”


    How greatly has your life changed since finding out?

Davis: “Well, every time you get a little ache or pain you wonder if it’s something else. Living a more health-oriented lifestyle has been my focus. It makes you more aware.”


   What do you think about the efforts that people make during Breast Cancer Awareness Month?

Davis: “I think it’s important. It’s really nice to see that there are people out there who actually care.”


   What would you tell someone who found out that they had breast cancer?

Davis: “There’s always hope, early detection is the answer as they always say.” “So many people think they’re invincible, and they’re not.”


    Mary Bucceli (survivor for 17 years)


   How did you react to finding out you had breast cancer?

Bucceli: “My son had a son at the time, he was 3 going on 4, and it was devastating but as you can see I’m here. So by the power of prayer…”


  What does being a survivor and having this experience mean to you?

Bucceli: “It made my faith stronger, it made me see life better, material things are not important like they used to be, and family is more important than anything.”


  Do you have a preferred charity that you feel does the most to find a cure?

Bucceli: “All cancer charities, especially children’s cancer.”


  What would you tell someone who just found out he or she had breast cancer?

Bucceli: “Just keep your faith and stay positive because 99% of the cure is thinking positive and keeping the faith.”


    Breast Cancer Awareness Month is still going on in full force, and it’s not too late to do your part. You could either donate or take part in the numerous events held by Brides for Breast Cancer (http://www.bridesagainstbreastcancer.org/upcoming-shows-2013/upcoming-events/) and the Center for Building Hope (http://www.centerforbuildinghope.org/index.php?src=gendocs&ref=Upcoming%20Fundraising%20Events%20for%20both%20CBH%20and%20BABC&category=Giving).