This Mother’s Day may look a little different for many of us as COVID-19 continues, but there has never been a better time to celebrate the women who have made an impact on our lives. In my 33 years as a mom, my greatest joys have come from hanging out and laughing with my kids.
Today, I celebrate those moments, the moments to come, and the multitude of women in my life that inspire me.
I never thought I would become one of the estimated 1.8 million new cancer cases in the U.S. this year. But a routine exam led to a breast cancer diagnosis, and my decision to undergo a double mastectomy, just two weeks before the COVID-19 pandemic would cause so much of the world to stay home.
Recovery was challenging to navigate, but I leaned on my faith and support from my husband, my children, my wonderful group of girlfriends, and my church family to get me through it. I know many survivors, patients, and their loved ones are facing the same types of challenges right now and finding reliable resources and tools on navigating cancer during COVID-19, along with talking to your healthcare team can help tremendously.
As I began to share my cancer experience online, I was overwhelmed by the incredible women who responded to my story with stories of their own. Each story reminded me that we must continue to do better when it comes to improving patient outcomes. I’m thankful that prevention and early detection continue to help save lives, including my own. And I encourage everyone to keep up with their annual wellness exams, when safe to do so, and talk to their doctors about recommended screening.
Today and every day, I stand up for myself, my mother, my sister, my daughters and every woman who must face this disease. This Mother’s Day join me in honor of mom and learn more about what we can do in the fight to end cancer as we know it.
I wish you peace, health, and happiness.
Rebecca King Crews