* Think Pink

It’s October once again so you know what that means? Everything is PINK! Yes, it’s breast cancer awareness month. Everywhere you look someone is selling or sporting their pink putting breast cancer in the forefront of our minds. Most high school, college and professional teams have a pink out game where all the players wear pink to support someone they know who has been affected by breast cancer. Many businesses have displays of pink items for sale with proceeds going toward breast cancer research. It seems everyone wants to join in for this cause.

Many people ask, why does breast cancer get so much attention? What about people who are suffering from other types of cancer? I think one reason is that breast cancer affects our grandma’s, our mama’s and our sister’s. People in our lives who have nurtured us and been the ones who cared for us when we were sick. Paying tribute to them is our way of giving back for all the sacrifices they made for us. I also think that by bringing attention to breast cancer it raises our awareness overall of just how many people this disease caused cancer affects. The American Cancer Society estimates that 1.6 million people a year will be diagnosed with some form of cancer. So, we need to raise awareness! Scientists need money for research. People fighting cancer need money to help pay for their medical bills. Your dollars matter to me and all those facing a diagnosis. We thank you for your support.

The first year or two after I was diagnosed with breast cancer so many people bought “pink” items for me. All I could think was if one more person gives me something pink I am going to scream! But then a wise friend of mine said to me, “Cindy, it just means they love you”. By purchasing that pink item, they felt like they were doing something to honor my fight and to help raise money for research. Now I proudly wear and use my pink items. I have a breast cancer sticker and license plate on my car and I’m flying my breast cancer flag this month.  Turns out I look pretty good in pink!

Blessings, Cindy J

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