WhAAAAAt? I am a Breast Cancer Survivor and I don’t LOVE Breast Cancer Awareness Month? Let me be clear. I AM A SURVIVOR! I am healthy and most importantly I AM ALIVE. I am so grateful every single day I get to be alive too. I am NOT exaggerating either. I am grateful that I still get to be a wife, a mommy, a daughter, an auntie, and a friend. Thank you God for letting me be alive!!! But lemme go back a bit. Over five years ago, I was diagnosed with Breast Cancer. For about two years after that, Breast Cancer was a MAJOR part of my life. It was there physically and mentally. Then it was like it was gone and nobody really talked about it again. Until, October that is. I am pretty sure everyone knows that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month by now, right? It’s not like you can miss it. There are Pepto Bismol pink displays EVERRRRRRYWHERE. There are runs, walks, dances, breakfasts, luncheons, dinners, galas, parties, shopping sales to benefit it, TV commercials, drink specials, t-shirts, shoelaces, hats, wine tumblers…I think you get my drift. While I truly do appreciate ALL of that because we need to raise money and we need to raise awareness, I wish it wasn’t just one month. Why? Because I have to live with it everyday. My mom lives with it everyday. Friends I know who LOST people BECAUSE of Breast Cancer have to live with it everyday.
So I guess what I am saying is while I am super SUPER glad that we have a whole month dedicated to Breast Cancer Awareness, it would be great if we could also remember that Breast Cancer Survivors aren’t only aware that we had Breast Cancer just this month. Any Cancer Survivor really. We are aware every single day and will be aware every single day for the rest of our lives.
XO Surviving Mommy