The Grapevine: Breast Cancer Awareness Month and its Personal Meaning, New Books, and Birthdays

By Rosalyn Queen on October 21, 2021 from The Grapevine via Connect-Bridgeport.com

October is currently referred to as Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  Over the last several years I have always dedicated my column to breast cancer. 
 
As many of you know I have been a victim of breast cancer and fought it for approximately four years.  It reappeared four times and I had several surgeries.  I was treated with chemotherapy and with radiation.  Finally, I was announced to be cancer free.  I take a cancer drug that I will probably have to take for the rest of my life.  I am suffering from chemo aftereffects such as neuropathy and am treating it with medication.  Another of the effects is fatigue and I am learning to alter my activity to meet my energy level.
 
There is one bit of advice that I would like to extend to those of you who have gone through this ordeal.  Get a mammogram regularly.  I can speak from experience that a mammogram is capable of saving your life.  I attribute a mammogram for saving my life.  Even after you have been given the green light cure, it is necessary to continue with your yearly mammogram.  Breast cancer can be cured very easily but it can also be a cancer that spreads very easily and quickly.
 
Wear that pink ribbon and be aware of breast cancer during October.
 
This past week I travelled to Harpers Ferry with Leslie and Dixon Pruitt.  They were once again going to hike the Appalachian Trail and Lisa and Abe Gibson were accompanying them.  I stayed at the hotel and waited for them to return.  The first day they hiked about 13 miles and the second day they hiked about 8.  They camped out on the trail for two nights.  Much to my surprise they came back with a mushroom, but it did not last until we made it home.  They say they are looking forward to going again in the spring.
 
While staying in my room I read two books by Robin Carr which I enjoyed thoroughly.  The Bridgeport librarians have introduced me to some good authors, and I continue to enjoy their choices of books for me.
 
A happy birthday to Fray Queen and Dave Alonso and many more in good health and to all those October babies.
 
An update on my eye.  I finally feel that it is healing, and the pain is subsiding.  I will continue to make that trip to Morgantown for a checkup.
 
The coronavirus is still with us, and I hope each of you is cautious about coming in contact with it.
 
Take care, stay healthy and until next week “Now You Have Heard It Through The Grapevine.”


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