It’s hard to get through the month of October without realizing that it is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It seems that for 31 days everyone wants to wear pink in support of breast cancer education, research and awareness.
Originally founded over 25 years ago, Breast Cancer Awareness Month is, as their website explains, “a collaboration of national public service organizations, professional medical associations, and government agencies working together to promote breast cancer awareness, share information on the disease, and provide greater access to services.”
With a number of collaborating organizations including The American Cancer Society, Susan G. Komen for the Cure, and The American College of Obstetrics and Gynecologists, National Breast Cancer Awareness Month has grown incredibly over the past quarter of a century. October might only be one month out of the year, but it serves as an important reminder for the remaining eleven months as well.
Without a doubt we as moms have a habit of putting our own needs on the back burner while we care for our families. Let’s face it. The old saying, “Do as I say not as I do” takes on a whole new meaning when it comes from a mom.
We make sure our children eat healthy, sleep plenty and, of course, see the doctor regularly. We do not, however, always do the same for ourselves. That’s one of the most important things about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month; reminding everyone how important our good health is.
Today, as another October begins, I think about the many friends I have who are fighting or have fought breast cancer. I think about their battles, their families and how incredibly brave each and every one of them is.
I also think about friends battling other kinds of cancer and even remind myself, that, yes, breast cancer is not completely limited to women. While it is common men are also at risk for breast cancer.
As a mom I’m proud of my son and all of his teammates who, once again, plan to lace up their cleats with pink during games. As far as I’m concerned nothing quite says dedicated like a football player donning pink cleats, socks, armbands and even pink “eye black” strips.
Many of these boys have seen their own moms go through treatment for cancer and, frankly, I think it’s safe to say that each and every one has been affected by the disease in one way or another.
October really is more than just a time to think pink. It’s a time to reflect on hope, strength and, of course, working together and finding a cure.