In case you haven’t heard, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). “Someman” posted on Facebook that he’s “offering” free “exams” to women during BCAM. I found it insulting, creepy and a bit disturbing that he would trivialize such an important matter to get laughs. Breast Cancer–cancer period–is no laughing matter and we must do everything we can to raise awareness and encourage women to examine themselves monthly and have mammograms done annually. We must also do what we can to help those who are suffering and continue rallying around survivors and co-survivors. Those are goals of one of the swaps I participated in and of some of the mail I received this month.
The card below completes the “Think Pink” swap I participated in earlier this month (You can see the first card I received in the “Good Mail In…” post). TeePeeMaiden made this and sent it all the way from Canada. I love all the layers! I am honored that she shared this with me since she also made the card for one of her friends who is a breast cancer survivor.
The next piece is an Artist Trading Card (ATC). ATCs are miniature pieces of art (2.5 x 3.5 inches in size) that are usually shared among artists, crafters and collectors. Even for the “craft-challenged” like me, ATCs can be addictive. This one, made with paint, a sharpie, ribbon and a little bling, features the theme “Fight Like a Girl.”
If anyone thinks “fight like a girl’ is an insult or an attack on masculinity, he or she needs to meet my younger sister. She is now battling cancer for the fifth time in seven years. She’s dealt with chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy and other radical treatments. She’s more than a survivor. She’s a fighter who didn’t run and hide from “the enemy” that assailed her body relentlessly. She’s a fighter who stared death in the face many times and, by the grace of God, is still here. She’s an inspiration to anyone who hears her story. Her very presence motivates me to stand up to my literal and figurative bullies and “fight like a girl”–fearless, relentless, strong and hopeful.