October, Breast Cancer Awareness month, is always so painful.
You cringe when your 5-year-old daughter asks, “Why are there so many things pink?” The memories of your mother flood in, the grandmother she will never know.
If only, if only … your mother, a woman who took care of everyone, everyone else but herself. This cost her her life.
By the time she found her breast cancer, it had spread. All the surgery, radiation and chemotherapy could not save her.
So where did all these pink ribbons come from? The first time October was declared Breast Cancer Awareness month was in 1985 when the American Cancer Society and a division of what is now AstraZeneca got together to promote mammography as the most-effective weapon in the fight against breast cancer.
The pink ribbon was added as a symbol for breast cancer in 1993 by Evelyn Lauder of Estee Lauder. The Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer in 1991.
Breast cancer is the No. 1 cancer in women, with one in eight women being diagnosed with breast cancer in their lifetime.
Every year, nearly 300,000 new cases are diagnosed; 2,000 of those cases are in men. Mammograms find two out of three breast cancers, while one out of three are found by exams.
Women are known for taking care of everyone else. But in order to do that to the best of one’s ability, you really need to take care of yourself first.
Sometimes the best teachers we have are the ones who teach us how not to do something. Take care of yourself, and pass it on.