Breast Cancer Awareness Month: Why Research?

As a company who has been in business for over 100 years, we try to do as much good as we can to help others. From partnering up with the Ronald McDonald House® and hosting National Family Pajama Night™, to donating proceeds of products and bedding to other organizations, we like to be as involved as we can.

For the second year in a row, we are partnering with the Breast Cancer Research Foundation to support their mission to prevent and cure breast cancer by advancing the world’s most promising research.

Why research, you may ask? Because 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer in her lifetime with a woman being diagnosed with breast cancer every 2 minutes in the US. There are more than 3.1 million breast cancer survivors in the US and that includes women that are still being treated. So we research to give people a second chance and to keep families together. Knowledge of the disease will help us conquer the disease.

Check out the BCRF’s page of survivor stories that speak volumes as to why we should research here. For us, it’s personal. Two of our own employees have suffered from the disease. Read on to hear more about their personal journey.

Kim Hill, Quilting Machine Operator

“In the fall of 2016, I went in for my annual mammogram. After my first test results came back, my doctor informed me they would like to proceed with a biopsy because they didn’t like what they saw. I had to wait about two weeks before the dreadful call came that my biopsy came back positive for cancer. My life just stopped, it was like time standing still. My emotions were so up and down, my husband, Gary, and I sat and talked about the different treatment options that were available to me. I sat down with my children and had an open discussion on how to proceed.

I came to the decision to have a double mastectomy. My thoughts were if they could get all the cancer with one surgery, my chances of having the cancer come back at a future date were a lot slimmer. My surgery was six and one half hours long, they took lymph nodes out while I was still sedated and had them tested immediately. My doctors informed me after surgery that they felt 100% confident that they got all the cancer during surgery.

They had to send out some lymph nodes to be tested to see if I would need chemo or radiation. After two weeks, my doctors called me and said they got all the cancer and I would not need chemo or radiation.

I had good support from my husband and family during my recovery. It was long and painful. I had drains in for two months—I had to sleep in a recliner for a long time. I was off work for three months—The Company Store was so great to me during this difficult time. They gave me a body pillow and that was truly a life saver for me during recovery; I wrapped it around my body and chest area. It felt so comfortable and cut down on the pain I was feeling. If anyone ever has breast surgery, I definitely advise a body pillow for recovery needs. I’ve even talked to my doctors about how the body pillow has helped me so much, that now they are recommending it to other patients as well.

Although I still have some re-construction surgeries ahead of me, I am cancer free today. I now live each day to the fullest and always remember to keep faith.”

Pat Farino, Customer Service Associate

“Last October I went in for a mammogram and got a call back informing me I had to come back in—they saw something that they wanted to take a closer look at. At the next appointment, they confirmed something was there and wanted a biopsy. The biopsy came back positive—I had ductal carcinoma in situ (DCIS), which meant it was in the milk duct, but at stage zero. It was not an aggressive cancer, and I scheduled my lumpectomy in November to have the cancer removed. I was off of work for three weeks while I recovered, then started radiation in January 2017 through the middle of February. Thankfully, radiation went well and there were no real problems at first. However, afterwards, all my energy was gone, I could barely get out of bed. I’m slowly regaining my energy and started a YMCA program in June to help build muscle.”

Everyone’s journey is different, but it is important to remember that with research, the journey continues. With research, we take steps in the right direction in order to protect the next generation from breast cancer. That is why we are proud to sponsor the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the highest rated breast cancer organization in the US, for the second year in a row in their research efforts.

Want to get involved in our efforts? Shop our Heart to Heart pajamas—for every pair sold throughout the month of October, we will donate $5 to the BCRF.

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