October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Over the next 31 days you may see countless numbers of people wearing pink ribbons or pink clothing to help bring awareness to this disease and to promote the search for a cure. I will be one of those people.
My mother is a breast cancer survivor and has been cancer free for 11 years and counting and I am thankful everyday for her fight and victory over breast cancer. But once again I feel the sting of this disease as my very dearest childhood friend was diagnosed in March. I went to visit her in August just before her second round of chemo. Her hair had already fallen out. She had lost weight. She was tired most of our visit. She is a single mom with three kids and she is amazing! Not only does she look beautiful without her hair but she seems to have even more beauty than every before coming from within. To me, she is a pillar of strength that grows taller with each round of chemo she goes through. Cancer has completely changed her life as she is now fighting to save it for her children and for herself. She credits God's graciousness for helping her through and giving her strength to get up every morning to get the kids ready for school and to make it to their soccer and vollyball games. I am in awe of my dear friend, Cheryl. She is an inspiration to everyone around her. Take that, Cancer!
If you have someone in your life who is going through their own fight against breast cancer please make sure you take a moment to tell them you love them and how inspirational they are to you! Every woman who has gone through, is going through or will go through breast cancer is a special gift. Let's pay tribute to their lives this month of October by hugging them, sending them flowers or a card or treating them to an ice cream cone. And don't forget to wear your pink ribbon.