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Farewell to Jackie Collins (1937-2015)

I was reading an interview with Jackie Collins, who passed away of breast cancer September 19, 2015, in People magazine (Oct. 5th issue).  She discovered a lump in her breast two years before being diagnosed by a physician and decided to do nothing about it.  Her words were “I didn’t want to deal with this because in my mind it had to be benign.”  

Image from Jackie Collins' Twitter Page
Image from Jackie Collins’ Twitter Page

It didn’t come out until she started showing other symptoms and a full body scan showed her cancer.  That’s when she decided to tell her doctor about the lump in her breast.  By then, it had metastasized to her bones and she was diagnosed with stage 4 cancer.  Her mother died of breast cancer many years before.  Her youngest daughter was also diagnosed with stage 1 and with the right regime of treatments, she is now cancer free.  

Though she said she would have not done it any differently, I can’t image how her family must feel losing a parent, grandparent or sibling.  Too me it was so unnecessary. She did it her way, but the end result is so sad.  We have so many options these days and women do not have to die of breast cancer.  

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The wonderful work of researchers all over the world; our doctors, technicians and treatments to cure this awful disease are all available to us. When I was a child, and a woman was diagnosed with breast cancer, it was a death sentence.  Their life expectancy was minimal at best

Self-examinations can certainly help. A once a year mammograms and/or sonograms are a must: Take advantage of what our medical community has to offer….It can save your life.

GROHEN TECHNOLOGIES LTD. supports Breast Cancer Awareness month by donating and supporting its effort.  You can too.  It’s the small donations that add up to help research continue their work to find a cure.  I feel so honored to be a part of this wonderful group of women to help bring awareness to others in need.

We are WOMEN HELPING WOMEN. The breast cancer walk is this Sunday, October 18th on Long Island at Jones Beach State Park.

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Author: Olga Cohen

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