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Friday, October 24, 2008

Comments For A Cure! This Weekend Only!


Hi Everyone! This weekend I am doing "comments for a cure," where for each comment made, I will donate $4 to the BCRF. The comment can say anything you want, but I would really like to have you mention how breast cancer has affected you or someone you know. Here's my story:

(Dad and I, circa 1989)

As some of you may or may not know, my father, Rollin Todd Kingsley (59 years old) passed away from breast cancer, this past April. When he was only 28, my mother found a lump in his breast. (We believe that the cancer began after he went to Vietnam, in the Air Force, and was heavily exposed to Agent Orange.) He had a mastectomy and for many years, he was seemingly fine. I was very lucky to grow up with him. Years later, when he decided to stop taking a drug (I forget the name right now) that was inhibiting the cancer, it did in fact spread throughout his body and eventually to his brain.

(Dad, Me and Mom at my 21st Birthday Dinner)

In early 2008, my mother, Pamela Pearce Kingsley (62 years old), doctors found a lump in her breast. She had a mastectomy also and seems to be fine now. As we all know, breast cancer affects MANY women around the world. The fact that breast cancer affects MEN needs to be spread. Especially men who were in Vietnam and exposed to Agent Orange. I encourage everyone to test themselves and the men around them. There will be an article about men with breast cancer in the Baltimore Examiner (I'm not sure what day) and my father will be highlighted.

Thank you all so much for reading and commenting for such a special cause that has affected us all.

10 comments:

Jen said...

What a touching story! I hope you meet your goal, Kyle!

Anonymous said...

I was so moved by the story of your family's experience wth breast cancer, and pleased to hear that you are sharing your father's story with the paper. Men don't get much preventive care/screening in general, and few people realize that breast cancer can also be an issue for men. As a women's health nurse practioner, I really appreciate that you're devoting some attention to the issue of breast cancer! Thank you!

Girl-Woman said...

Kalle, what a heart-breaking story but one that will hopefully raise breast cancer awareness in men. Thank you for sharing.

Jen Hill said...

What a touching tribute to both your parents!

Many members of my family have been affected by cancer, including both my parents and my step-mom. Luckily, they are all survivors, but they all had to go through a lot of pain and suffering in their treatments.

Thank you so much for supporting the BCA cause in this way!

ana said...

Thank you for sharing your moving story about your father's battle with breast cancer. Every story told helps to raise awareness for this disease, and hopefully inspires more men to to include breast cancer screening in their preventive care. I also hope it inspires more people to share their own stories.
thank you,
Ana (atpr99@aol.com)

The Glitterati said...

Thank you for sharing your story, and spreading awareness!

deejay said...

Thanks for your eye opening story. My aunt passed away a couple of years ago from breast cancer and her son's wife is also suffering from it now. We can only hope and pray she will recover,especially for her son who is just 11 and has already seen so much.

Tammy said...

Thank you for sharing your story.

Kathe said...

Hear hear re: the raising of awareness of breast cancer in men. Thank you so much for sharing your story!

Beth said...

Kalle,

Just delurking to tell you how touched I was by your father's story. He had such a nice, friendly, open face. Just looking at both your parents made me smile.

I hope your blog and your sharing his story with the Baltimore paper will open a lot of eyes.

Oh, and your wedding picture was lovely! Show us more!

Beth

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