I love it when I get to catch up with the girls, no husbands, no children, just the five of us as we were before. I have known these Women my whole life, most of which since I was born and one since we were five years old. When we get together I always look around the table and pinch myself at the stories we now share of babies not sleeping, or children sneaking into our bed, or hard-headed daughters and our sons toilet habits and I can’t believe how quickly the time has gone.
From being mischievous children to then sleepy teenagers, working adults, young wives, and now mothers. We have shared each important milestone in each others lives, offering counselling in times of crisis, being shoulders to cry on, been the push we sometimes need and the people we most want to tell when the greatest moments of our lives are taking place.
October is breast cancer awareness month as most of you know and a cause close to my heart. Looking around at my table of oldest friends this following statistic went through my mind, each of us have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. My sister and I are ‘high risk’ as we have a strong family history so our statistics change slightly but these women I so dearly love all have a 1 in 8 chance of developing breast cancer. 1 in 8… and still no cure.
So, I ask that you all take some time today to call your girlfriends, mothers, aunts, sisters and have the conversation about regular breast checks, mammograms or ultrasounds or even self-examination. Wouldn’t it be a great tale to tell if when we are 80, we are all still sitting around that table sharing stories of grandchildren and telling each other how quickly the time has gone…