It’s a pink letter day!
That’s like a red letter day, but even better.
Today, I am a 6-year breast cancer survivor and you can color me happy.
So on this special occasion, out comes the pink “bling”—beaded bracelets, a rhinestone pin, sparkling earrings and a glitzy Guess watch with breast cancer symbols all around.
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Who would have imagined that celebrating could be so much fun!
Now, don’t get me wrong. I’m not looking at life with rose-colored glasses. Until I reach the 10-year mark, there’s a chance one of the scheduled exams by the oncologist could make me blue.
I remember well the multi-shades of emotion that accompanied the “you’ve got cancer” news in 2003. If those feelings were lined up in a box of Crayolas, they would be steel gray, indigo and midnight black.
Six years ago, the picture certainly wasn’t rosy.
There was pre-op on Feb. 5—my birthday—and then next day surgery, reconstruction and a lengthy healing process that followed.
But these days, I’m in such good health and high spirits that it almost makes me blush.
At each six month follow-up appointment, my doctor simply exclaims, “Just look at this report! Whatever you’re doing, keep it up!”
I remind him that red, green, and brightly colored fresh vegetables and fruit have become my best friends. (Broccoli, how I love thee!) Add in lots of vitamins, green tea, prayer, sunny—or snowy—walks, and it’s a holistic recipe that seems to be working.
So at this milestone today, it’s time to celebrate!
I’m definitely “in the pink“—with a capital P.