Several years ago, Janet Hall of WBRC and other anchors, campaigned for breast cancer awareness by encouraging women (and men) to examine their breast every 6th day of the month. The campaign, anchored at WBRC, Channel 6, created a very easy way to remember this important self-examination. On the 6th day of every month, women were encouraged to examine their breasts and if they detected any abnormalities to consult with their physicians.
One in eight women will be diagnosed with breast cancer. Most of us know someone who has been diagnosed and treated for breast cancer. We may also know of someone who died from the disease. Early diagnosis equates with more positive outcomes and cures. Therefore, it is essential, imperative, that women and men do self-examinations and other diagnostic evaluations.
A few years ago, I received a call from my sister acknowledging that my mother, Mrs. Doris V. Hamlin, had breast cancer. A lump was found during a routine examination. Her physician discussed treatment options and today, my mother is cancer-free. Her oldest sister, Mrs. Florence Patrick, was not so fortunate. Treatment when my aunt died years ago was not as advanced as it is today. Great progress has been made and new treatment cascades give women and men better hope of survival.
In our ministry, we have had several women diagnosed with breast cancer and they are survivors. I am grateful for their witness of God’s healing and encouraging other women to take diagnostic precautions.
The Church of Christ is often characterized as a hospital. Jesus demonstrated compassion for so many by offering healing, restoration, wholeness, and forgiveness. He modeled for us what we should be striving to do daily as we interact with each other.
It is my sincere prayer that the Church, Tabernacle, will always be seen as a place of healing and hope, a place of encouragement and support. We lift our hands in praise of our God. When our hands come down, we are poised to do the work of ministry and mission.
Let us commit to doing all we can to support those living with breast cancer, to remember those who have died, to contribute to those institutions working for a cure, and to be mindful of our bodies and how God has created them. Amen.