Colors of October
October has always been the perfect month. I still think of it as an orange month, with golds and reds thrown in. But in recent years I've learned to appreciate the other color associated with the October. And this year, I really began to understand the impact of that PINK and Breast Cancer Awareness.
I've become fond of the bubble gum color that has helped spotlight the very thing that people used to whisper about. The focus has made it easier for people like me to share. And the focus has helped me get better care, with so many new developments in recent years.
The Cancer Club
I said a couple months ago that I didn't want to be a part of this exclusive club. I knew that friendships were made and relationships were often strengthened by facing a cancer challenge. But I didn't want to be a part of some team of fighters all banded together.
Well, I've learned to enjoy the camaraderie where it's found. And I've learned to accept the support and the fun surprises that have been offered.
Surprises in Pink
Sometimes surprises come from people you don't know. This pretty little pink necklace was purchased through "eSBe Designs" from someone I've never met.
My friend brought it to me the day I started radiation. It was a treat to receive this thoughtful surprise, but it was extra nice knowing the gift involved a donation to Breast Cancer research and awareness.
Loving Pink Now
I've begun to see this color in a new way. These cozy pink leggings are also from a "Cancer Kicking" promo.
When I put them on I don't feel much like kicking, though. I mostly feel pampered and spoiled! There's something heavenly about the texture and color that makes me feel like I should sit around all day eating ice cream. I love them.
A Good Month to End Chemo
So it was a good month to finish up chemo. It seemed like everywhere I turned people were wearing pink or handing out pink candies or ribbons.
That works for me, but I did quietly fret off and on, thinking about the men who suffer from breast cancer... more quietly. And I worried about all the other cancers that don't get the spotlight in the same way. I'm determined to think of all cancer patients and survivors when I see that color, now. This time next year, I'm going to be the one giving, not taking.
Last Day of Pink Month
On the last day of the month, I hurried home from radiation to get ready for trick-or-treaters. Before kids started arriving, I got an unexpected visit Steve and Cindy. I was busy enjoying a little pup therapy with Melody, when I noticed Steve, pulling out something from behind his hat!
I ended the pink month, wearing orange and holding onto my very own brown & gold guardian angel. Steve carved this special gift from cedar and coated it with shellac and linseed oil. The delivery on October 31, seemed to bring perfect closure to a special month. Of course, I may be in danger of wearing away the metallic gold flakes... I've spent 2 days studying this little treasure with my hands.
Kicks and Prayers!
So I started this whole journey with my mascot, Ms. Donkey. She helped me kick bootie, throughout my surgery and chemo. I've got a ways to go with 6 more weeks of radiation and 5 years of Letrozole meds after that. I'm going to need my guardian angel!
It's good the two get along!
I started this complaining list/blog, in May 2016. I posted 200 gripes about my breast cancer and then I was done.
On March 13, 2020, I started venting all over again, when another disease (starting with a C) interfered with my life. Only this time, it was affecting more than me. I ranted for a year, until I got my vaccine in March 2021.
Coronary Artery Disease was the reason I restarted this blog on September 26, 2021. This time it was Don who was dealing with a worry that started with the letter "C".
Coronavirus and Cancer, Coronary Artery Disease! All are evil, but none can totally get me down... if I vent! I usually end up feeling a little more positive at the end of each post!