PSA: Get Your Breasts Checked

Two of my dear friends are dealing with cancer in very different ways. It’s strange to watch. It’s likely even more strange, frightening, and everything else, to be the ones going through it.

This time a few years ago exactly, my father died of cancer. And each time I go to the doctor’s office and have to shelve the long list of family history, I am reminded of cancer’s proximity.

Now that I’m 30, post children, and sitting with the wonder and fragility of life, I can’t help but be obsessive about the many things we ignore. Oftentimes, we ignore what’s important because we’re afraid. We’re afraid to cross the aisle, to swim in the grey laminate that divides “us and them.” We are afraid to realize that there is nothing that truly divdes us. It is a matter of timing, genetics, and cards. Who’s getting dealt what card today? And when? My friend, Alexa writes of this often.

While not all cancers are the same, my friend Scosha’s PSA yesterday was the reminder that I needed. It was a gift born from her own diagnosis. A gift from a lightening rod of a woman. A gift I hope to pass on to you. Get your breasts checked, friends.



(Photograph: Saul Leiter, In My Room)

2 thoughts on “PSA: Get Your Breasts Checked

  • Reply tracy silva September 11, 2019 at 11:37 pm

    Had a bilateral mastectomy 1 month ago, so I agree, check your breast and always make your health a priority, I’m comforted that people like you with a platform can inform and do so much good, thank you

    • Reply latonya September 12, 2019 at 12:00 pm

      Oh wow, Tracy. Thank you so much for sharing. How are you feeling? And thank you. Thank you!

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