I couldn’t let October pass without pausing to talk about breast cancer. Simply put, I loathe this disease (I loathe cancer in it’s entirety to be clear). However, there’s much more to it than just that. I’ve lost family friends to this disease, and I live in constant fear that it will strike even closer to home and affect the women in my family. I’ve never been concerned about myself.
But I was tested for breast cancer at 19.
I had never experienced anything like it, and I hope to never experience those days ever, ever again. Because I couldn’t function. At all. Those days (one in particular) will forever and always be ingrained in my mind as The Worst Days Ever. I was young, absolutely, but during the entire ordeal several doctors mentioned how they had diagnosed young women in their very early twenties. I couldn’t even fathom that because being young is supposed to save you from most everything. I was supposed to be attending college classes, working, and having fun with friends and family not worrying about test results and what those results might mean. Thankfully, though, my results came back negative, and I immediately had a much deeper appreciation for my health. But I can’t help but think about all of the women (and men) young and older who aren’t so fortunate.
Because of what I experienced, and because of what this month stands for, I’m very drawn to pink and products that support breast cancer awareness and research. In honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month, here are five of my favorite recent pink pins from Pinterest and products that I would love to purchase…
Photo by Brumley and Wells via Style Me Pretty
BCA Modern Chevron Think Pink Collection May Book by May Designs
Photo by Alice Keeney via Southern Weddings
Large Duffel in Ribbons by Vera Bradley
Hope for a Cure Hoodie from Foreign Exchange
Dear doctors, researchers, and regular girls just like me (and you!), let’s cure this thing. #livelifeinpink
As the person who stood (well, almost fainted) beside you on “The Worst Days Ever,” you definitely are fortunate. Thank you for honoring those who aren’t as fortunate with your inspirational words.
I have a friend who had breast cancer in 2008. She now has metastatic cancer in her liver. lungs, and ribs. Pray for a cure. It won’t help my friend but it will help future generations of women. My miracle sister-in-law had breast cancer 15 years ago, She still is cancer free. There is hope.