In October We Wear Pink

“On October 3rd, he asked me what day it was.

“And on Wednesdays we wear Pink.” 

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We all know these famous lines from the classic Mean Girls. 

I love that movie, but I will forever have mixed emotions about this day. The day I almost felt like I lost my best friend or the day that saved her life.

On October 3rd, 2012 my mom was diagnosed with breast cancer. I will always remember that day.

You never want to hear someone that you love to say "I have cancer."

That day my life changed. I still can't put into words all the emotions I felt. The wrench in my heart, my faith, the idea of possibly losing my best friend is still a confusing time for me even to speak on. 

My mom has been cancer free for over 6 years. She went thru, surgery, chemo, lost of hair and radiation. She is the strongest person I will ever know. I always like to say that my mom did the whole cancer thing like Samantha from Sex & The City. Just fabulous.

Sadly, we all have been touched by breast cancer in some form in our lives. We all have known someone, a family member, a teacher or even a friends parent we saw love have to fight this disease and some have lost the battle.

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Breast Cancer is the most commonly diagnosed cancer in women, affecting about 1 in 8 women.

Real Talk: The most common symptom of breast cancer is a new lump or mass. A painless, hard mass that has irregular edges is more likely to be cancer, but breast cancers can be tender, soft, or rounded. They can even be painful. For this reason, it is essential to have any new breast mass, lump, or breast change checked by a health care professional experienced in diagnosing breast diseases.

Other possible symptoms of breast cancer include:

  • Swelling of all or part of a breast (even if no distinct lump is felt)

  • Skin irritation or dimpling (sometimes looking like an orange peel)

  • Breast or nipple pain

  • Nipple retraction (turning inward)

  • Redness, scaliness, or thickening of the nipple or breast skin

  • Nipple discharge (other than breast milk)

We need to find a cure.

We need to come together and save our loved ones from this disease that has torn families apart. 

Wear your Pink Ribbon. Donate. Walk. Support. Volunteer. Or simply just give someone a hug and say I am with you. We will fight this together.

If you’re looking to support breast cancer research, prevention or awareness.       

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