Pink is everywhere in October!
Soft ribbon lapel pins, engraved wrist bands, even silky chocolates wrapped in pink messages of hope are reminders that this is Breast Cancer Awareness month.
I’m a survivor, and I love finding something new to add to my collection of pink.
This time it’s a novelty plastic ballpoint pen, the breast cancer symbol dotting its barrel. I wasn’t drawn to it because of the way it fit my hand, or even because proceeds support Susan G. Komen for the Cure. It was something more.
With each click of this breast cancer remembrance pen, a message appears in a window on the side of the pen — words that I’d like to pass on to you:
STRENGTH — When the announcement comes that cancer is your companion, strength seems to run from the room. Don’t despair. It’s still there. Like you, it merely had to catch its breath for the journey ahead.
COURAGE — Decisions abound. Life is information overload. How can this suddenly be your path? Tears will fall, yet deep within you is courage to move forward, to make informed choices and take each step toward recovery.
HOPE — Embrace it. Believe in your cure. Be part of the healing. Your mind and body will work together with medicine and God to battle the “Big C.” Stay focused on positive thoughts. A hopeful attitude is everything.
LOVE — Let the world wrap its arms around you. Friends want to help. Family wants to support you. Allow God to embrace you through their love.
FAITH — It may seem to elude you when the news that you’re one out of eight women who will have breast cancer in their lifetime becomes your reality. You may ask with anger, “Why me?” But I can speak from personal experience that God will never let go of your hand. Trust Him on this path.
SURVIVOR — This is the word that every breast cancer victim wants to shout, “I’m a survivor!” For me, it is more than six years. For every day that God has given me, I never take one for granted.
In the days ahead, I plan to click my new pink pen often as a reminder of all this journey has taught me.