Reflections After Reading “The Rose”

This is the first non-fiction book that I have reviewed on this blog. When I received the review request and read the description, I realized that in many ways this would be a very challenging book for me to read and review. Not because of it’s genre, but because of its contents. A few short years ago I lost my mother in law to cancer. She didn’t have breast cancer, but cancer in all its forms is a terrible disease. I was one of those lucky people who landed the best mother in law ever. She was a true friend to me and in many ways filled that gap in my life of the mother I never had. Her loss, like the loss of so many mother’s, will be felt forever. Not a single day goes by that I don’t want to call her or see her face. Not a single event passes by that I don’t hurt inside and think of all she has missed. Her son, my husband, will feel her loss forever. 

The horrible part is that it could have been avoided. If the many doctors that she went to see over the years had been more vigilant, she would have been diagnosed early. She wouldn’t have been stage four when they finally found it. She need not have died. That is why early screenings are so damn important.

In terms of money, I would think the early screenings are worth their weight in gold. Catching and treating cancer closer to the onset of the disease has to be cheaper than treating it much later in the game. Also, the earlier the cancer is detected, the higher the survival rate for the person who is being treated. Surviving person means person who keeps paying that insurance payment.

SO what’s the excuse here people? Why is this even a problem?

Clearly, it’s not immoral. In my mind, it’s financially sound. So, what’s the real reason?

I am glad that there are organizations like The Rose that fight for women every day. The trials they plow through are amazing. The sheer determination it must take to fight for this cause is unbelievable. We should all be so inspiring.

I urge you to donate even a dollar to this amazing organization. Their very existence is dependent on people like you and I who care and spread their message.

To donate click the link “The Rose”.

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