I became aware of breast cancer because while I was anticipating the birth of my first child (seventeen years ago), my friend Jill was fighting for her life. She would show up with a smile (and a hat or scarf) to the baby and wedding showers most gals our age were having and celebrate with us. To this day, I cannot imagine how she did it or what fear or sadness was traveling through her head at the time.
I am happy, no-THRILLED to say that Jill is still a big part of my life today. She is healthy and is the proud mom of two beautiful boys and has the love and support of a great husband. I am so very thankful for all the fight Jill had in her, I am just thankful for Jill.
Jill’s way of giving back and raising awareness is by being a merchandise coordinator for Susan G Komen. Each October, organizes all the items she will sell, rounds up her friends and we all work the merchandise booth at the Race for the Cure for and with Jill. Seas of women parade in and out of our booth donned almost exclusively in pink; some have lost a loved one, some are celebrating a survivor and some are right smack in the middle of their fight. It is an incredibly emotional day, but in a happy way. It is a day filled with love and hope. I look forward to it every year.
So, in that spirit, why not talk PINK?
Are you thinking pink is only for a little girl’s room? Nope! It is for anyone who loves pink and can convince their significant other that they too will love pink! Some of these rooms include and awful lot of pink but do not feel over the top.
Do you think pink might be for you? Some nice shades of pink are the following:
How about pink for Halloween? Maybe this adorable little one dressed in pink 50’s garb get you thinking about what you could do to add some PINK to your month!!
All of this being said, I have been touched by many types of cancer. I have watched battles both won and lost. October seems to get lots of great awareness “air time”, so I wanted to let you all know a few more important months. I hope that you will remember those whose lives have been touched and show them your love & support.
In January, (along with all the other months), I will be ever so grateful for my dear friend Lisa and thankful for her successful fight. Love you, girlie!