With Thanksgiving behind us, and the busy holiday season quickly approaching, there is no better time to think about the things you are thankful for and the people who mean the most to you. Although most people are busy picking out Halloween costumes, getting a head start on their holiday shopping, and planning special events, this is also a very important month for a different reason.
In the midst of giving thanks and celebrating with those closest to you, October is also Breast Cancer Awareness Month. At RE/MAX, our associates have the opportunity to assist in creating a future without Breast Cancer, and it starts by sharing the stories about the people they help through the sale of each home. Cid Barbosa is the Assistant Manager at RE/MAX West, and below is her story about her mother’s experience with Breast Cancer.
Cid’s StoryBreast Cancer Awareness Month
I was 27 years old with two kids of my own when my mother was diagnosed with breast cancer. It kept ringing in my ears over and over again, but my mind couldn’t comprehend the words; it was like I was stuck in a tunnel and the echo wouldn’t stop. During my mother’s battle with breast cancer her mother, my grandmother, was lying in palliative care dying of cancer. The following morning after my grandmother’s passing my mother went in to the hospital to do another round of chemo treatments.
To this day I don’t ever think I could be as strong as she was during that time. I learned to be a stronger person through my mother and her battle with breast cancer. It helped me learn to not sweat the small stuff, be good to yourself, love yourself, and to respect and listen to your body. I now try to cherish every single moment from special occasions to every day moments like singing at the top of your lungs to the music playing on the car radio. Most of all it taught me that, “courage is not the absence of fear, but rather the judgment that something else is more important than fear…your life!”
Through Home for a Cure, RE/MAX associates have the opportunity to help create a future without breast cancer. Since 2005, RE/MAX agents have contributed more than $1.8M by donating a portion of home sales directly to CBCF. Click the button below to learn more and get involved to help women like Cid!