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Talking to My Mom about Her Breast Cancer, 40 Years Later

My mom got breast cancer in 1974 and survived. I feel incredibly lucky that she’s here, that’s she’s 76 years young, and that I have been afforded a lifetime with her. In fact, I feel so lucky, that I hardly ever think about it. Aside from her urging my sister and me to get annual mammograms (which, as dutiful daughters, we do), we never really talk about her cancer very much. So I thought, on the occasion of this issue, I would. Mom, how did you discover the lump? I discovered it in the shower. It was probably near the surface of my skin. It was hot to the touch, warm. My mother had breast cancer in 1954, so I was well aware of what it could be. But she survived that for a while, right? Well, it spread. Not extremely fast, but it spread into her lungs and brain and she died in 1963. So after you self-diagnosed it, what did you do next? I don’t remember much. I remember going to HUP (Hospital …