I was on my fa(ebook page yesterday, just checking the usual goings on, in case I missed anything the last few days. I don't really use fb much, but I keep my account so I can *monitor* the kids'. Chaco got bored with it quite a while ago and deleted his, Meego has never had an account, Wolfgang's is even less active than mine.
So, not much monitoring to do, but I keep my account for the usual: certain news feeds, interesting links, long lost friends, occasionally surprising status updates. I came across one such update yesterday.
"It took me a long time to decide to share this, but...", it began. I had to slow down to make sure I was reading what I was reading.
It went on to share the breast cancer diagnosis, the full mastectomy on Friday, the "hopefully caught early enough".
This from someone I grew up with. I remember going through elementary school, onto middle school, then high school. We were both active in band and sports. We lived in the same neighborhood. In fact, I remember the message sent when we first connected on fb:
"Hey, it's great to find the smartest and prettiest girl from the neighborhood!"
Yeah, flattery will get you everywhere. I've mentioned here before about how I was pretty much the ONLY girl in the neighborhood. But that's Jim.
Yes, Jim's a guy.
His status went on to say , "I am the 1%. The less than 1%. To get breast cancer.... So women and men get checked, be preventative..."
We go around usually thinking of breast cancer as a women's issue, that it's a "sisterhood" thing.
Well, let's not forget our brothers.