That is the number of people in my family that have died of cancer.Three of them died of breast cancer.Five more people were acquaintances and friends.One of them was just 26 years-old when she died. I don't know of a single person who hasn't lost a friend or relative because of this insidious disease.(The cancer rates in my home province are higher than anywhere else in Canada.)
I hope and pray that before someone else loses a beloved aunt,or a grandmother or a young,vibrant co-worker, that there will be a cure for this disease.Until then I will do my part to raise awareness about the importance of being screened.If you're too young to get a mammogram, do a self-examination.It may end up saving your life.
There's another side to this.I also know of many women who have survived breast cancer.One of them bravely passed on wearing a wig when she lost her hair during chemo and proudly showed off her beautiful bald head.She's called a survivor for a reason.She beat cancer at it's own game; instead of it destroying her,she destroyed it.
One of my favourite songs is One by U2.My favourite line of the song is,
'We're one but we're not the same.We get to carry each other,carry each other'
Taking care of each other shouldn't be treated as an obligation or a burden.It's a privilege.We are all a part of the human race and it is our gift to one another to make sure that all of us-in spite of our differences-have the support we need to survive.
The pink I chose to wear is Strong Blush by Sally Hansen 10 Day Wear.
This probably isn't the most articulate or well-written BCA post,but it is from my heart.As I write this I'm thinking of every person I've lost,and how powerless I felt at the time. As my aunt said before she died,'Just you being here is enough'.Sometimes that's really all you need to do.
Have a wonderful evening!
Ginger-who is sending well-wishes to all of those who are fighting the good fight :)