I’d have to say autumn is my favorite time of year because it puts on a show of color, delivers a crispness to the air and a gentle glide path to the winter. Two years ago my favorite season also packed an unwanted life event: a breast cancer diagnosis for my wife, Tana.
As much as we wanted to turn back time or run away, we had no choice but to endure a year of surgery, challenging chemotherapy sessions, weeks of radiation treatment and then lesser doses of chemo throughout 2014.
We come up for air now each Fall remembering — and we gladly pitch in to do our part in October during National Breast Cancer Awareness month. That’s because breast cancer is the second most common cancer in Idaho.
During this month and throughout the year, Tana’s agenda is to stay strong, take a daily precautionary medication and return for regular mammograms which, so far, have been blessedly clean. (We have another scheduled this month.)
My job is to invite you to share your Letters and Guest Opinions. The stories of your breast cancer battles provide lessons about coping and caring. To submit, just follow the directions for Letters online or on the next page. Guest Opinion templates can be found here.