It’s October and the world as I know it is exploding with pink. Newspapers are dyed pink. Newscasters wear pink. Every news source is talking about breast cancer awareness. How to find it. Treat it. Beat it. Early detection. Debates over mammograms. Stories of survivors. Stories of those it killed. Pink, pink pink. Pink is my favorite color, but I avoid that section of my closet this month, and I don’t really understand why.
I am, after all, a “survivor.” I am lucky. I was diagnosed with stage 1 breast cancer in 2012. It was aggressive but I found a lump and immediately sought a diagnosis. I had lumpectomy surgery, chemo, and radiation. I lost my hair. I pop a Tamoxifen pill every day. I am a walking, talking, living example of the importance of early detection.
I made choices that were right for me, including the decision to keep my breast tissue. But maybe I am scared to identify as a survivor because I am scared that I am tempting fate. That every time I identify myself as a survivor, that I should knock on wood, or somehow let those little cancer cells that may still be lurking in me, that may be contemplating replicating again, let them know that I take them seriously. That I respect them. That I may have beat them once, but that I really don’t want to fight them again.
SOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO good to hear from you!
Thanks!!! Hope you are doing well!
Hi Cathy! I love your blog especially its openness. My wife is a breast cancer survivor and is taking a similar approach to you, using a creative outlet as therapeutic means of recovery. We’re filmmakers in Chicago and we’re making a movie called Ginger which is a film about a 23 year old woman being diagnosed and battling breast cancer. I’m wondering if you’d be interested in reading the script and sharing your story with us and give some input/thoughts on the script. We’re aiming to sell the film upon completion to raise money for breast cancer foundations so we’re looking for partners on this to help us make it very real and also spread the word about the film. I hope you have a fantastic day! You can see a little about the film on our facebook page http://www.facebook.com/gingerthemovie
Hi Director Jimmy!
Sounds like you are doing great things to help bring awareness to and fight breast cancer! I’d be more than happy to help if I can. My email is firstname.lastname@example.org. I look forward to hearing from you!
God bless you. Thank you for sharing your story with us. I’m praying all your dreams come to pass. 🙂