Bras, friendship & October all come together as the month of “All Things PINK” continues. It’s in the camaraderie of breast cancer (BC) survivors that we immediately understand what the other person is enduring once we identify ourselves as having or having had BC. It’s like with any other club or illness I think…it’s just that the month of October puts it out in front of everyone’s face for an entire month, wrapping it up tightly in pink ribbons for all to see.
I am a survivor which you know already because quite frankly, I am proud that I continue to endure after having been diagnosed 10 years ago. BC gave me a tough run for my femininity as well as for my health. It’s beaten me down, only to have me rise up from the ashes of my life and to great each day with the happiness that I am here to experience life ~ to Enjoy the Presents of Presence ~ to Send Out Love with my cards and to hopefully inspire others with my blog and to help women who are enduring the same. Because we’re all here together, all connected and in helping others, I am even helping myself.
Truthfully, I’ve endured a lot in my life ~ with BC, I’ve endured multiple surgeries in 10 years ~ actually this Tuesday I’ll be enduring #8 for breast cancer which is also #13 total in my lifetime. I think enough is enough quite frankly, but I know there looms one more after this which will be the last for BC. I will have come full circle finally once I am finished with them all. I will have had my breasts removed completely with a double mastectomy, been replaced with hard implants twice, been explanted (removed implants) and now, I am finally putting my breasts back completely using my own flesh ~ all within the span of 10 years which is quite a feat I think. To me, it is a full circle in a decade ~ one that I had never even dreamed of 10 years ago when I was diagnosed. The reality of the situation makes me stop at times to cry tears of gratitude…I want to thank my surgeons who made it all possible and who are giving me the opportunity to regain what was taken so many years ago. I am thankful that medicine has come so very far in 10 years!
So, although I never wanted to be a part of the Pink Ribbon Club, I am happy today that I can give back and teach what I’ve learned to those who are sad, angry and enduring all of what BC brings to our lives. I have been blessed to continue to be able to fight, live and learn as well as help others. My life is richer now because of the suffering I have endured. Without having first-hand experienced BC, I would never be able to appreciate every day the way I do now.
I am grateful for where I am now 10 years later…and now I”m excited for my next decade!
I’ve made it so far…and I’m going to keep looking up and taking baby steps
and enjoying The Presents of Presence