It’s October and Breast Cancer Awareness Month and I have been trying to do my part to spread the word. Early Detection saves lives. I feel very passionate about this cause. You may ask why? I actually had to ponder that myself. My mother had brain cancer when she died. It started in her lung. I’ve lost friends and family members to all sorts of cancer, lung cancer, colon cancer, kidney cancer, skin cancer you name it and someone I know has been touched by it so why Pink and Breast cancer?
The first person I was close to who had breast cancer was my Aunt Edith. She was more than my Aunt she was my MawMaw. Both my grandmothers and step-grandmothers died before I was born so my Aunt Edith was the closest thing I had. She was a woman of faith. She trusted and believed in God and I know she is with him today. She was a breast cancer survivor she went through a radical mastectomy, radiation, and chemotherapy she went for her five year check up and they found the lung cancer that eventually took her life. I believe it was my Aunt’s strength and courage in dealing with breast cancer that was deeply engrained in psyche that Pink became my cause. My current pink silicone bracelet says Faith Hope Courage. That’s what Pink means to me. Breast Cancer touches so many lives. It can be cured. I can’t say it often enough, early detection saves lives. We can do something we can fight back. In the words of Relay for Life, we can celebrate, remember and fight back. So yes it’s Pink for me. I will preach annual mammograms as long as I have breath, but all cancer is the enemy. For my Aunts, my mother, for my uncles, for my friends, I wear pink, I think pink, I celebrate my survivor friends – my heros – I remember those who are no longer with us and I will fight like a girl, in pink and proud.