More than 250,000 people are diagnosed with breast cancer in the U.S. each year. This fact hit home when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1999. Allstate is on a mission to help every woman diagnosed with breast cancer by offering a free Silver Lining Companion Guide, helping them and their families through the experience unfortunately too many of us have to endure. Navigating cancer is a scary and overwhelming process, and so much comes at you at one time. To have a resource available that offers realistic advice, hopeful insight and questions answered in a been there, done that format lifts the fog somewhat.
My mother’s cancer was caught early through her yearly mammogram. Let me repeat that, caught by yearly mammogram. Breast cancer can be cured, especially when the cancer is caught early. The abnormality in the mammogram was detected by an extremely competent radiologist to only be dismissed by the surgeon who would be performing the biopsy. A biopsy is the procedure to remove and evaluate a tissue sample for the presence of cancer. Dr. No Bedside Manner Whatsoever sternly informed my mother she was wasting his time and her money. Intuition and insistence stood firm against ignorance. After all, no one knows your body better than you. Honest and practical words speak a truth of informed encouragement.
I firmly believe cancer is a family affair, and that it does take a village and a family to educate, promote healing and support, support, support. Cancer is the enemy, and it takes an army of strong will to fight it. As crucial to the fight of survival as expert medical care is, attitude plays a significant role in this incredible fight for life. The lifelines, practical matters and silver linings found in the book thoughtfully address concerns, answers questions ranging from what to take to appointments to what to ask your plastic surgeon before implant surgery, and offers healing advice. I wish we would have had this insightful to the process resource guide available to us fifteen+ years ago. The Silver Linings shared in the Companion Guide do not take away the confusion, pain and emotions that often come with a cancer diagnosis, but they do provide the balance, perspective and hope needed to get through the difficult times. From diagnosis to ringing the bell of I kicked cancer’s butt, knowledge and support arms the soldiers, sustains the supporting troops, and encourages the soul of the cancer crusader.
Allstate, through its ongoing efforts to support the well being of women, is distributing the Silver Lining Companion Guide as a free resource to everyone impacted by breast cancer. The Companion Guide includes practical tips, important information and inspiration. A Spanish language version of the Companion Guide is also available to accompany the English version currently being shared with women nationwide. I invite you to visit Allstate.com/SilverLining to download the free guide and learn more. The Guide is also available for pick-up at select Allstate agencies nationwide.
I was selected for this opportunity as a member of Clever Girls and the content and opinions expressed here are all my own.