HUNTSVILLE, Alabama – With a proclamation signed on October 8, 2021, Huntsville Mayor Tommy Battle made October 13 Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day.
For those who may not be aware, metastatic breast cancer is also classified as stage 4 breast cancer. This is when the cancer has spread to other parts of the body. Usually includes the lungs, liver, bones or brain.
Whether your cancer is detected at an early stage or at a later stage, the news is life changing.
Brandi Edmonds, owner of The Wine Cellar in Huntsville, vividly remembers the day her life changed. She had postponed her mammogram appointment.
“Let’s face it, it’s not comfortable at all,” she said.
But Edmonds finally decided to go after two years.
“It was right before the pandemic, my mother was not in town, my husband was not in town, I didn’t think about it, I had no lump,” she said, adding that breast cancer did not need to be a lump and after her examination, her doctor took her to the office.
“So she made me sit down and the first thing she said was, ‘I want you to know that you’ll be fine, but you’ve got breast cancer and you’re going to have to see a surgeon and we’re going to need to do a biopsy tomorrow. ‘ ”, Recalled Edmonds.
Edmonds was diagnosed with breast cancer in April 2020, “It was during the pandemic so I couldn’t be with anyone, I had to go through it alone”, with restrictions in hospitals, many patients with cancer during the pandemic were alone throughout the experience, “I know it killed my mom to wait for me in the car,” Edmonds said.
But, while she may not have had people with her in the room physically while she was in treatment, she says it was the “tribe” of survivors who got her through it all. .
“You need a tribe, you need a community, you need someone to cook you a meal. Radiation is tiring and coming home for a friend’s meal can really make all the difference, ”Edmonds said.
The Wine Cellar is a community facility, “We always find ways to give back to the community in any way we can. ”
From live music to fundraisers, Edmonds is implementing ways to help the breast cancer community, even through wine.
“Lucy is one of them and it’s in honor of a family member who had breast cancer, and a dollar from every bottle of this rose goes to breast cancer, we have also two cabernets, Purple Cowboy and some of their proceeds go towards raising awareness, ”Edmonds said.
The Wine Cellar will join Space and Rocket Center, Decatur City Hall and other Alabama landmarks on October 13, lighting their business in teal, green and pink as part of the # global initiative. LIGHTUPMBC to help raise awareness of metastatic breast cancer.
On Wednesday evening, they hosted a wine tasting and auction with 100% of the auction winnings and raffle prize going to Light Up MBC.
Edmonds’ sister-in-law even played a part in the auction: “My wonderful sister-in-law who is an art teacher asked her children to decorate these bras as part of the auction” , said Edmonds.
From Wednesday to Saturday you can visit the wine cellar and donate to your favorite bar or you can even call them.
“The winning student will receive a $ 50 gift card of their choice,” said Edmonds.
If you would like to vote, call 256-489-9463 or visit The Wine Cellar located at 2304 Whitesburg Dr SW Huntsville, AL 35801.
Edmonds had one final post to share: “I just want people to know they can come here, I want you to feel comfortable and like you are at home, we are here for you, I am here. for you ”and most importantly,“ Ladies, get the girls checked out! “
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