October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and people everywhere are going pink in memory of those who have lost their lives to breast cancer, in support of those who are battling it now, and in celebration of those who have survived.
My mother is a breast cancer survivor, and my blog is proudly going pink this month in her honor. Mom – it’s been a long road and your courage and resilience are a daily inspiration. As my mother will tell you, surviving breast cancer is a lifelong process. During treatment there’s surgery, chemo and radiation. But even after all that, if you are a breast cancer survivor, you need regular checkups and often require help with the side effects of treatment. You also have to learn about lifestyle changes that aid recovery and improve your quality of life.
Today, I thought I’d share some of the most inspiring tributes I’ve come across in support of Breast Cancer Awareness Month:
My Breast Cancer Team
I was really excited to learn about My Breast Cancer Team – a new social network that connects women facing breast cancer. Launched in September, the site is designed to provide all forms of support that women with breast cancer may need via an empathetic, engaged, and welcoming community. This amazing new social network helps women to find the best team of providers and peers of women who have fought or are fighting breast cancer.
Balloons of Hope
The Balloons of Hope initiative, organized by the Dubai Ladies Club and Dubai Ladies Establishment, is dedicated to patients, survivors and those who have lost the brutal battle of breast cancer. This month, they released one hundred pink balloons carrying 150 messages of hope and love to survivors as well as victims of breast cancer into Dubai’s sky.
White House Goes Pink
On October 1st, the White House was illuminated pink to mark the first day of Breast Cancer Awareness Month. During October, President Obama wrote in a , “we honor those we have lost, lend our strength to those who carry on the fight, and pledge to educate ourselves and our loved ones about this tragic disease.”
NFL Players Pink Up for Monday Night Football
The NFL always goes pink in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month and the pink-fest started October 2nd during Monday Night Football. The players, coaches and officials all busted out their pink in support.
This month, we stand with the mothers, daughters, sisters, aunts, and friends who have been affected by breast cancer.
While most people are aware of breast cancer, many forget to take the steps to have a plan to detect the disease in its early stages and encourage others to do the same. So get your mammogram this month – it could save your life.