Daily Times (Primos, PA) - - OPINION - By Bri­anna Noce Times Guest Colum­nist Bri­anna Noce is a Neu­mann Univer­sity stu­dent from Me­dia.

Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month has come and gone, but fam­i­lies and friends con­tinue to come to­gether to sup­port loved ones who have been di­ag­nosed with this hor­ri­ble dis­ease. Although peo­ple gather through fun events like 5k walks and fundrais­ers, the agony that fam­i­lies face is un­bear­able.

In Au­gust 2015, my mother, Su­sanna Mon­teleone, was di­ag­nosed with breast can­cer. When she told me and my brother, we knew that our lives would never be the same. My mother kept a brave face through it all even though she wanted to break down.

“I was in tremen­dous shock and thought the worst,” she said. “It was an aw­ful, help­less feel­ing.”

Not long af­ter, my mother found out that she needed chemo­ther­apy and ra­di­a­tion to min­i­mize the chances of the can­cer com­ing back. Her only worry through it all was that she needed to be strong for her fam­ily.

“My first thought was that my kids and mother needed me and I couldn’t have breast can­cer and have to go through chemo,” she ad­mit­ted.

Her chemo­ther­apy was the hard­est part of it all. She said this is when it all be­came real to her. Dur­ing this time, she lost her hair and be­came very phys­i­cally weak, but some­how kept her­self busy.

In De­cem­ber 2015, a won­der­ful group of peo­ple blessed our home for the hol­i­days. Bring Hope Home is a non-profit or­ga­ni­za­tion that helps fam­i­lies bat­tling can­cer through fi­nan­cial sup­port. Through a one-time grant, they will pay for a fam­ily’s essen­tial house­hold bills.

“They gave our fam­ily the peace and love that we needed dur­ing the hol­i­day sea­son. I will al­ways be grate­ful for their con­stant kind­ness,” my mother said.

Not only did they help us dur­ing the hol­i­days, but they con­tinue to of­fer free tick­ets to Fly­ers and Phillies games and al­ways keep us up­dated on won­der­ful events they are hav­ing for fam­i­lies suf­fer­ing from breast can­cer.

My mother is do­ing very well to­day and our fam­ily is closer than ever be­fore. We are thank­ful ev­ery day that my mom beat can­cer.

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