I don't think I need to tell you that October is the official month that we take action in the fight against breast cancer; we're surrounded by an incredible dose of evidence - on blogs, in magazines, and the volume of pink ribbons that grow exponentially each year. At least I shouldn't have to. Wouldn't it be nice if the collective energy meant no more new cases, that the efforts to find a cure had been successful?
Five years ago, just after a friend was diagnosed, I ordered fifty pink wristbands from the Susan G. Komen Foundation so there would be plenty to go around at an October school fund-raising event. They came in just in time and she was heartened to see so many women wearing them in her honor. She also looked great when I saw her in the grocery the other night, buying poster board for a college class project.
I've had a number of friends endure and most all are survivors. The smartest thing we can do to honor those special ones is to take care of ourselves, to schedule a mammogram today if it's overdue. To remind friends and loved ones to do the same. And support the cause.
I just purchased this beautiful collage from Sherry at Esprit d' Art, who is doing her part to make a difference. A fabulously talented artist, wife, mom and great friend, and three-plus year survivor, Sherry has a variety of art available at Shop for a Cure. Sales are raising money for the Canadian Breast Cancer Foundation.
So, if you somehow managed to be oblivious to the media shouts and ribbons and races, events and galas held in October, hear it now. Take care of yourself, honor the courageous, inspiring survivors you know and do something to make a difference. I have to believe that if we all keep working together it will matter, that our daughters and granddaughters won't have to live with the current statistics that are chilling, startling - our odds of being touched by cancer are 1 in 9, way too high for my comfort zone.
Thanks to Sherry and everyone else dedicated to the cause.