To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness month a few weeks ago, we talked with Stacey Kracht from The American Cancer Society in our Making Strides Towards Women Empowerment episode. In the episode, we mainly talked with her about how we as a community can rally together to help to raise money for finding a cure for breast cancer. But we also talked about the topic of the term, 'one-degree.' If you remember, 'one-degree' means that we are all affected by cancer. Whether it's you yourself who has cancer or know someone who has cancer, we are all in some way affected by cancer.
Today's episode is very special to me because it is my 'one-degree.'
Two and a half years ago my Aunt Celeste Burow was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer. I've always been extremely fortunate to have, for the most part, a very healthy extended family on both sides of my family. Celeste's breast cancer diagnosis was definitely not expected. It was hard to accept that something like this could happen to such a healthy and beautiful women who is always putting others before herself.
She was extremely lucky that the doctors caught, and diagnosed, her cancer at such an early stage. A few weeks after being diagnosed, she received a double mastectomy and is now currently living cancer free.
Throughout the episode, Celeste talks about her emotional journey with breast cancer. She talks about some of the hard things she went through, like the fear of the unknown, and having to tell her loved ones she had cancer. But one of the things I admire most about my Aunt Celeste is that she is an extremely positive person. She's always finding the silver lining in every situation so she also shares with us some of the blessings that came from cancer. Like not taking anything for granted anymore and meeting some truly wonderful people along the way.
This episode is her survivor story. Whether you've been diagnosed with breast cancer, or know someone who has been affected by breast cancer, Celeste's story will inspire you to see that you're not alone and there is a light at the end of the tunnel!