As I sit here writing, my Grandma is in ICU. I’m preparing for the worst. Having lost my mom unexpectedly in her 50’s, you’d think I would be prepared for losing either of my grandmothers. Truthfully, I’m not. They’ve provided a sense of stability in the family, when everything has been unstable and changing.
While my mother lost her battle with breast cancer, both of my grandmothers are survivors.
They are both from the same generation, but they are both very different.
One of my grandmothers is strong…….head-strong. Despite losing a daughter and a husband within 3 months of each other. You know exactly what she’s thinking, because she says it. Out loud. In public. Not always a good thing. 🙂
Which brings me to the title of this post.
There are many these days who say there is too much “Pink” in October.
Yes, it seems there’s pink everywhere you look right now. Retail stores, grocery stores, blogs, and even football games.
They say…..There’s too much “awareness” and not enough research. That may be true.
They say…..There’s no need for “Pink” anymore.
“They” sometimes even being those who are fighting the disease.
October is hard for me. Pink is everywhere I turn. I’ve been brought to my knees twice literally…once for my mom, and yes, once for me.
There does need to be more research and more action, not just pink displays.
But, then I remember my grandmother. The one who is strong-willed.
There was one time….well, she didn’t seem so strong.
She was diagnosed with breast cancer.
And she wouldn’t tell anyone.
Her husband knew. Her three kids knew. But that was pretty much it.
Her friends were clueless.
Relatives that might “need” to know for family history purposes…..clueless.
Sisters and nieces were clueless.
Let me repeat that: her sisters and nieces were clueless that she had breast cancer.
There was a time, not too long ago at all, in my lifetime, that is was a bit “TABOO” to talk about breast cancer.
Yes, it was TABOO to talk about breast cancer.
No-one talked about it. Out loud. In public.
Yes, in my lifetime. I remember.
A lot has changed since then…..in part thanks to all the “Pink” in October.
Now, men, women and children can easily talk about a cancer that occurs in the breast. It’s talked about on television, in magazines, in restaurants, and most importantly, in families.
“Pink” giveaways drive many to my blog this month. I don’t host these giveaways for fun. I host them so that people will come……and hopefully read something important. Read about how to find Free or Low Cost Mammograms or find out why I’m offended, just to name a few.
Yes, I’m wanting more action and more research.
Yes, I’m wanting a cure.
But, there is still a need for PINK.
Many still aren’t aware that men can get breast cancer.
NEWS FLASH: Men get breast cancer. Men die from breast cancer. FYI…..my uncle had a benign lump removed from his breast.
Many think that they aren’t at risk since they have no family history.
NEWS FLASH: Most women who get breast cancer have NO FAMILY HISTORY.
It’s a Fact.
For all of the downside, awareness is still important.
Until there is a cure…..I’m afraid there will always be a need for Pink.
That’s okay in my book.
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