October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, a time to spread awareness about the devastating disease and honor those we lost to the battle and honor those who continue to fight the battle. That is how I view this month.

But for me, breast cancer is something I think about much more often. So many times during interviews, I hear people say nearly everyone has been touched by cancer, know someone they lost to the disease. I myself have been touched by cancer, several times: one grandmother who lost her battle after nearly 10 years before I was even born, another grandmother I recently lost to lymphoma and my almost grandmother-in-law who continues to fight the battle of cancer which started with breast cancer and now is colon cancer and possibly spread elsewhere. I didn't get to know the first, that in itself is a big loss. Losing my grandmother in February was difficult to say the least. Now I want to hold on tight to the remaining grandmother.

So, yes, cancer touches all of us, one way or another. We all need to be aware about cancer in general. We need to support research. We all need to take care of ourselves and each other. Life is short. Enjoy it while it lasts.

Lisa Mitchell is editor of The Kutztown Area Patriot. Send comments to lmitchell@berksmontnews.com.

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