When you think of breast cancer, who do you see? For some, it’s an abstract picture, something that happens to an abstract someone else. For so many others, breast cancer has a face; the face of a sister, a mother, an aunt, a friend.
This year, an Albertville woman became that face for her many loved ones. Lauren Corbitt, a wife, mother of three daughters (and self-proclaimed full-time taxi driver) was diagnosed this past summer after a self-exam led her to contact her doctor.
Starting a blog soon after her diagnosis, she wanted to inform and empower others. “I don’t want breast cancer to be some big scary monster that has to stay in the closet. I don’t want words like mastectomy and chemo to be words that have to be discussed behind my back out of fear,” Corbitt declared.
Her family and friends recently came up with a way to honor her while helping fund a cause close to her heart. They formed Team Lauren to participate in the Pink Pumpkin Run, coming up this Saturday, October 25. Proceeds from the event benefit the Mammography Assistance Program at Marshall Medical Centers, which provides mammogram screenings for patients of any age who are uninsured, under insured or do not qualify for any other assistance programs.
Corbitt wants to share her story as a way to help others, to urge women to be vigilant about self-exams, mammograms and to chuck modesty out the window! “I had someone, over the age of 40, tell me that she never had a mammogram because she was too modest. What I want my friends and daughters to understand is that this isn’t about modesty. It is about your health, your responsibilities as a wife and mother, it is about your life.”