Pink is not my colour. Honestly, I don’t think I own anything pink. Oh no, wait. Does this count as pink? If so, that’s the only pink piece in my wardrobe. Got it last year for the wedding and ended up wearing it in the rehearsal dinner. Really like it. I guess it’s not too pink…
But pink is the colour chosen for the fight against breast cancer, and for that cause I will cut pink some slack. I do have to say that it has a strong feminine connotation and breast cancer is not limited to women but, no reason why men can’t wear pink too!
Everyone knows someone who has been diagnosed with breast cancer. My mum’s mum was diagnosed in her 40s, had a mastectomy and went on to live until she was 90. My whole life I knew my grandmother in a state of illness but always with a tremendous will to live and never give up.
Then my mum’s sister was also diagnosed 17 years ago (gosh! time flies!!). She also had a mastectomy. Fortunately, no need to have chemotherapy. I must have taken time off school because I spent two or three weeks with her in her post-surgery. She’s my (and my sisters’) godmother you see, truly a second mother, and she has no other children and never got married. I don’t remember the details of the arrangement, just that I was extremely happy to be spending time with her in my favourite place on earth. I was also not aware of the seriousness of the situation. I remember my mum explaining to me why my madrinha was going to be a bit down and how I could help her. She has been cancer free for the past 16 years and we’re all so fortunate it is so.
Growing up so close to these examples of breast cancer has made me, and my sisters, very breast aware. I know they say it’s more common in women over 40 or 45 but with more and more stories of women with breast cancer in their twenties, it doesn’t hurt to start getting to know your breast as early as possible.
I may have been a bit too aware that any change would mean something. In my twenties I have already taken myself to the doctor twice to have lumps checked out. One of those times was just last year. That was a bit of a scare and I even had two specialists in two different countries check it out to make sure it was nothing. The changes were there but they turned out to be just normal.
Well, I believe when it comes to cancer, it pays to be over-cautious. An early detection is extremely important in determining your survival chances.
Breast Cancer month is in October but any time of the year is a good time to raise awareness, raise funds, be breast aware. If wearing pink will help out with that, so be it! Maybe a bright pink item will help you start a conversation on the topic 😉
If you’re in New Zealand, May is the Pink Ribbon Breakfasts month.
Also, here are some more useful links:
p.s. I would roll the sleeves up on that jacket 🙂