Breast Cancer Awareness is so much more than pink

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The technician stepped behind the wall, checking my mammogram on the screen for a THIRD time. She paused, then smiled sympathetically and asked me to have a seat. The doctor would need to speak to me.

Before that moment, I thought I’d been aware of Breast Cancer. Who could miss the pink ribbons, designed to keep it in the forefront of our minds, right? From the Empire State building to the NFL gridiron, come October the nation seems to be awash in a whole new hue. Yet, with those ominous words – “The doctor will need to speak with you” – that awareness plunged into my gut and became so much more than “pink” for me. Now, as for countless others, those little pink ribbons mean fear.

With a good doctor, a thorough treatment plan and a whole lot of determination, the journey that started with fear is often replaced with a sense of empowerment.  But, initially – it packs a wallop!

Beyond the pink, we share one journey, with many paths.

I’ve been on many paths in this journey.

In 2006 my Aunt Paula lost her battle with breast cancer. She was the best combination of quick wit and dry humor. A globetrotting adventurer, who found her anchor sitting at the family table celebrating milestones, holidays and the random Tuesday night. Her smile was infectious, her sweet potato casserole – legendary.  Saying goodbye to her was a path I never wanted to take.

I’d reach a new road on the journey years later. During an annual exam a while back my doctor found an “odd area” in one of my breasts. Mammograms, sonograms, biopsies … OH MY!

My path was much different from Aunt Paula’s. I’m cancer free. But having a great team – like the one at Saint Agnes Hospital’s Comprehensive Breast Center – made all the difference in my little detour. 

Vitamix Giveaway

The team at Saint Agnes would like to remind you to take care of yourself. Do regular self-breast exams, make and keep your annual appointment with your doctor! In that spirit they are sponsoring the giveaway of a Vitamix blender system so that you can whip up lots tasty and healthy treats – and enjoy the moments in your journey, whatever it may be.

The Prize

Vitamix 5200 Series (product info here) valued at $449.

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68 thoughts on “Breast Cancer Awareness is so much more than pink”

  1. The first time I ever encountered someone personally was my friend in the USA (hence I identify with the lady with the friend). I saw my friend after chemo and had never seen somebody so weak. The scarring from the surgery and her wearing her wigs was a huge hit home for me. Last December I did my 1st mammo and though they warned me, when they called me in Starbucks to do another one because they wanted to be sure, my world felt shaky. All was fine but I can only imagine those calls which don’t lead to good news.
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  2. Having just danced my own tango with Thyroid Cancer, I am now more acutely aware of cancer in all of it’s horribly fearsome iterations. I’ve always had what doctors call “lumpy breasts” (which is hell on the ego, but thankfully harmless, I’m told), but remain vigilant with my mammograms…just in case one day those lumps turn on me. Awareness is key – good on you for spreading the word! <3

  3. I can relate to all of them. I’ve had breast cancer 3 times- at age 43, 50 and 51. I am now 59. My sister got it at age 38. Neither of us was afraid when first diagnosed. We’d both had a really hard life growing up. But when my sister got it back at at age 43 and it spread to her bones at age 44 then I was DEVASTATED. I am an R.N. by profession and I knew what metastasis to the bones meant. She died at age 46 in spite of the very earliest of detection, mastectomy, radiation and years of chemotherapy. It has been 12 and 1/2 years and I miss her every day. We need to find out how to PREVENT it not cure it.

    1. I’ve tried to reply to your comment several times Rosanne, but the tears got all over the keyboard. It’s at times like this that I wish a virtual hug were real. I’m so very sorry for your loss and for all you’ve gone through. That you dedicate your life to caring for others proves what a special person you are. I COMPLETELY agree. An ounce of prevention is worth a pound of cure!!!

  4. I can relate to the daughters. We had lost my Mother in Law a few years back and it really effected all of the family. This is such a horrible decease.

  5. I relate to the daughters, my grandmother went through his and even though we lost her we all were fighting it with her.

  6. I can relate to them all! I know where I was when I got the call. I was in my kitchen at the beginning of the 2002 ice storm that hit NC. My mom shared her news. My husband and brother drove THROUGH the storm to KY and brought her to my home. She lived there until she died 4 months later. I can close my eyes and still be in that frozen moment on that phone call. It is the moment that my life changed. The moment that I became the matriarch of my family way too young at the age of 34.

  7. I relate to the daughters the most . She was a fighter until the end . She never complained and said why me . She is my hero she fought the good fight the world says she lost . She would say no she was heavens gain.

  8. I identify most with the sister, my sister and I are very close and we have both had some health scares in the past.

  9. I haven’t had a close friend or family member get breast cancer so I can’t really relate to their stories. I can empathize and imagine how I would feel though.

  10. I cannot to relate to any of the storys..I haven’t had a friend or family to have breast cancer..but ive had a couple scares myself..thank God they turned out to be nothing

  11. The daughter is the most like me I lost my dad to cancer so I have been through the loss.
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  12. I have 2 daughters, and I can relate to them. I’m a cancer survivor and I hope they can find a cure for it soon. Thanks!

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