October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month which means we must now face a full four weeks where everything from household appliances to gardening tools are awash in pink. If the item isn't pink, it has a pink ribbon attached to it. Just my opinion but it seems unnatural for a KitchenAid mixer to be pink!
I was diagnosed on June 2, 2011 -- four months ago -- so this October I am fully aware of what it means to fight breast cancer. I have nothing against the Komen Foundation or their huge marketing machine. Their efforts encouraged me to pay attention to self-exams, annual mammograms and early detection. And for that, I am very thankful.
Yesterday I attended the Komen Foundation of Central Virginia's annual Survivors' Luncheon which was held at the gorgeous Jefferson Hotel in downtown Richmond. Part of the ceremony recognized the survivors in the audience by asking them to stand up if they had survived 20 or more years, 15 years, 10 years, etc. I stood up when they called for survivors with less than one year. I was surrounded by women who offered me their support and encouragement.
While I am confident in my own recovery, it never hurts to be around other women who have survived this disease. More than once I was told: "If I can do it, you can, too!" It was exactly what I needed.