The "C" Word
In case you didn't read my story on my website, I'll summarize it for you here.
A week from tomorrow will be 11 years since I had that ill-fated mammography. But I remember it like it was yesterday. I remember every feeling and every action.
Going through the breast cancer journey (everything except radiation) changed my perspective on many things. After nearly two years of talking with everyone who would listen, I realized I needed a badge of honor I could wear daily. When I couldn't find something I felt was fitting, I set out to make my own. In the process I realized that there are so many people with their own stories and different causes who also deserved this badge of honor, this symbol of strength, this sign of courage and love. And so, I make it for all of us.
Most days I won't say the "C" word. It took a lot from me and I don't want to give it any more power than it already has over me. From my personal experience with my Mom, I can say I feel similarly about Alzheimer's Disease. I can only imagine that other diseases and tragic life events have similar strongholds. And yet, we do our best to power through. Even if the best we can do some days is brush our teeth.
In recent months of bringing BeCause Awareness Ribbons to the public I have heard so many, many stories. I have cried with people and laughed with people. People who are complete strangers, yet we share something so deeply.
It is also important to me to share what I have been given from BeCause Awareness Ribbons, which is why proceeds from every sale are donated to various charities.
One last thing, as you know, I am completely new to this blogging thing! I have discovered that if you sign up you can share a post with your friends and send in your comments. I would love to hear from you about your thoughts and feelings on how you deal with life's challenges, what you find meaningful and what makes you smile.
I am so glad to be on this journey together.