|My sisters Holly (left) and Hilary. Yes, they are identical twins.|
Not only did they pursue this proclamation in Iowa, but my cousin is working on Nebraska and my mom secured New Mexico just this past week! One cancer, three states! The best part is that it takes 10 state proclamations to force a national proclamation. New Mexico was state #7, Iowa and Nebraska will be #8 and #9, and someone we don't know is close to getting California...#10!
I am just so proud of my sisters and these proclamations. I can't write about this without tearing up.
An IBC awareness week might seem to some like political window dressing. It's not. IBC is a vicious, aggressive cancer, but it is largely treatable if it is caught early. The problem with catching IBC early is that most physicians don't even know about it. My experience with trying to get a diagnosis for what turned out to be IBC is so similar to what other women have gone through. Women need to be aware of IBC, men need need to be aware of IBC, and of paramount importance is educating the physicians about IBC. Perhaps an IBC awareness week will stimulate some learning.
Thank you, sisters.