Pink Ribbon Overload
Familiar heading? I used it last week when I posted, The New C Word. Yes, I’m on pink ribbon overload. And it’s not just the pink ribbons, it’s the whole Komen walk. I did my first Race For The Cure in the late 1980′s, back when breast cancer was not so near and dear to my heart, but interestingly enough, back when I believed my running in it and supporting it actually mattered. This past weekend, as I walked with 24,000+ other supporters through the pink-saturated streets of Dallas, I looked around and marveled at the spectacle it’s become.
Bearing all of that in mind, why would I choose to get up while it’s still dark outside, wake my family, and drag everyone into the city to wrestle with traffic, parking, and crowds of people wearing pink ribbons, pink tu-tu’s, pink wigs, and pink bras over their clothes?
For two reasons: the reason standing on my right and the reason standing on my left.
See, in our house, breast cancer is very rarely mentioned. It’s not an off-limits topic or anything, it’s just not a ‘thing’ with us. We lived through it last year, and now we’re done with it. BUT I NEVER, EVER WANT MY BOYS TO FORGET HOW FORTUNATE WE ARE. Because it’s not a topic of focus, it’s very easy to forget. I do not want them growing up, burying a part of our family’s story, and with that burial, missing the opportunity to give thanks and offer gratitude for how extremely fortunate we are.
So once a year, we will walk together as a family. We will wake in the dark, deal with traffic, parking, and all the other stuff, and we will not complain. Our goal is to remember. To remember that this is part of who we are, and we are ever grateful for the answered prayers and blessings of this extraordinary journey.
Added Bonus: KRLD Radio Interview
Aired October 14th
The podcast below features a short segment where Dallas plastic surgeon Dr. Scott Harris, KRLD radio announcer Thomas Miller, and I sit down to chat about:
- continuing to write about Trust after receiving a cancer diagnosis
- interviewing and choosing my team of surgeons
- the reconstruction process
- my embarrassment regarding my previous opinion of plastic surgeons
- how I handled my emotions, including whether or not I was in denial