Thank you pink

19 Oct

facetune_22-04-2018-17-18-39October is breast cancer awareness month and I have a confession to make…ever since getting cancer 10 years ago I’ve been a little jealous of the pink. Everyone knows and  prepares for October; pink is everywhere from the local drugstore to the NFL to national news networks and rightly so, one in eight women will develop invasive breast cancer in her lifetime. It seems that every type of cancer has a month and a ribbon color but I would venture to say that the general public couldn’t name any other month/color except for breast cancer and the pink. So when I first got cancer, not only did I hear ‘oh,  you have the easy cancer (thyroid)’ but I learned that our month was shared with Childhood cancer, Leukemia Lymphoma Cancer, Ovarian and Prostate Cancer, and our ribbon had multiple colors; purple, teal, and pink. In fact, on my first walk with Relay for Life I could not find anything thyroid cancer (t-shirts, ribbon pins, bracelets) from any vendors. Sigh.

Well here I am 10 years later, it’s October and pink is everywhere. I have cancer again for the fourth time, still thyroid but now metastatic. When I tell people I have cancer they assume it’s breast cancer because I’m a woman, it’s fine. This year, instead of the tinge of jealousy for the pink, I’m thankful. From my perspective the pink campaign has really helped increase awareness of all cancers. Ten years ago I could only find bracelets relayand pins with pink ribbons, today I’ve seen blue, purple, yellow, burgundy, and an occasional purple/teal/pink thyroid cancer ribbon. The pink has empowered women, has increased awareness and early detection, and has ultimately increased survival rates. Let’s face it, whatever color or month is associated with whatever cancer there is, cancer just sucks.

To all my breast cancer sisters, cheers to you, fight on! To all the other cancer warriors out there who aren’t represented by pink, I feel you, we got this. Here’s to another day!

Today I wear Nars Audacious Lipstick in Anna which is a smokey rose. These lipsticks have lots of color and are long lasting.  I chose this color because the name, obviously, but it’s a decent shade of pink for my skin tone. Cheers!


4 Responses to “Thank you pink”

  1. Brigid October 19, 2018 at 12:55 pm #

    Such a mix of emotions here as well. I feel fortunate that I have “the Pink” cancer and yet at the same time, I just call October – Cancer Awareness Month. As you say, any kind, any time, cancer just stinks! Fight on to us all!

  2. Shelly Rizzo October 20, 2018 at 8:43 am #

    (Same as Brigid.) In 2008, my BFF of 22 years was diagnosed with ovarian cancer. I never knew the “teal” and I had to get busy educating myself. She fought for 7 years like every true warrior does, but in the midst of my “pink” storm, she was called home. He needed, wanted, and loved her; enough to bring her thru His heavenly gates. I have to confess that during those 7 years, I often times became unsettled (that’s putting it mildly) about the “pink” circus that ensued every October. What about my sweet friend? It stoked my hate fire for cancer. What about the “orange” that nearly took my friend’s 12 year old son? What about the “purple” that took both of my grandmothers and uncle? For my cousin who’s “pink” has turned into multiple myeloma, I don’t even think there’s a color for that. Sigh. The colors go on and on. If there was a color called “just breathe,” I’d wear it every day. If there was a color called “take one more step,” I’d sport it with pride. If there was a color called “I trust Jesus’s plan for my life,” I would never take it off. No one knows a Warrior better than a warrior no matter what color is for sale at the local Kroger’s. I love you and you are always in my prayers.

    • Anna October 20, 2018 at 10:41 am #

      I LOVE this Shelly❤️❤️ Thank you for your words, all true!

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