It’s startling how a simple word and single diagnosis can completely transform your life. In one quick second, it can feel as though your whole world has come to a screeching halt.
According to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., 1 in 8 women and 1 in 1,000 men will experience this exact scenario when they learn they have developed breast cancer.
“That is a very alarming statistic, which makes awareness and early detection so important,” Patti Nelson said.
So with October being Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the disease, early detection, education and support services are heavy on the minds and hearts of many individuals, especially those at Patti Nelson Luxury.
“Unfortunately, everyone on our team has been touched by breast cancer,” Patti said.
For herself, it was her sister and best friend, Juli, who was diagnosed last year.
“You always think it happens to someone else’s family…not yours,” she said. “We are a very close family and were all devastated by the news. But because Juli was disciplined and got a mammogram every year, it was detected very early.”
Each year, Patti and Juli receive their mammograms at Avestee Women’s Imaging Center, where they use 3D imaging. It was this technology that allowed them to see Juli’s very small lump and encouraged her to get a biopsy.
“Through my sister’s amazing strength and spirit,” Patti said,” she is now cancer-free!”
For Lori Aparicio, Patti’s Licensed Administrative Assistant, it was her mother, Sara. While she had been cancer-free for 23 years, she is now currently battling her recently diagnosed reoccurrence at MDA Anderson in Houston.
“Because of her regular check-ups at MD Anderson, they were able to detect it early and begin chemo right away,” Lori said. “She’s now dealing with the negatives of chemo but has a positive attitude!”
For Shelby Gambrell, her grandmother, Mildred, experienced first-hand the effects of breast cancer. Now 87 years old, she is a 37-year breast cancer survivor!
Thanks to early detection and campaigns such as Breast Cancer Awareness Month, these women and more than 3.5 million others in the United States, according to the National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc., are breast cancer survivors!
“I am extremely grateful to Avestee Women’s Imaging for my sister’s early detection,” Patti said. “She means the world to our family and the fear of the unknown was brutal. I want to make sure everyone hears our stories about early detection so we can help save lives. We continue to pray and encourage Lori’s mother…the battle is tough but she is tougher!”
If you would like to learn more about early detection or how you can support this great cause, visit National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc.
To celebrate and empower those who have beat or are currently battling cancer, we are offering a luxurious giveaway! The contest winner will receive a $200 spa treatment of their choice for themselves and a friend at the beautiful Loma de Vida Spa at La Cantera Resort!
We will be taking nominations the entire month of October. The contest rules are as follows:
All you have to do is tag the person you would like to nominate in a comment on the Crush Cancer Contest Facebook or Instagram post! @PattiNelsonLuxury
You can only cast your vote once, but that nominee can be entered to win multiple times by other voters. The more times a person is nominated, the higher their chance to win, so please share this post with your friends and family :)
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The winner will be announced on both our Facebook page and Instagram account on November 8th.
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