Pink is not just a color. It’s an attitude.
Here we are at the end of October and I haven’t even checked off half the blog posts I’d plan to write this month.
But I cannot let the month end without acknowledging Breast Cancer Awareness Month and reminding readers to mind their breast health. Though my sisters, Karlette and Lori, eventually succumbed to breast cancer, they first detected the disease via self-examination. If you’re not in the habit of performing a monthly examination of your breast, begin today. Be sure to examine yourself monthly and schedule mammograms regularly; your doctor will help you determine what regularly means for you based on age, health, and medical history.
If you’re unsure of how to do a self examination, there are a number of resources available online. Some are simple and straightforward and some provide a bit more detail.
- Breast Self-Exam Chart
- Show Me Healthy Women | Missouri Department of Health Services
- Breast Cancer.Org Breast Self-Exam
There are also many organizations that provide free or reduced cost mammograms for those who do not have health insurance or cannot afford the cost of mammograms.
- National Breast Cancer Foundation, Inc. Mammography Program
- American Breast Cancer Foundation Breast Cancer Assistance Program
- Centers of Disease Control’s National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program
Finally, if you or someone you know is coping with a breast cancer diagnosis, allow me the pleasure of sending a bit of cheer and light. Simply, click the Karle’s Wings link above and fill out the contact form near the bottom. I’ll be sure to send heart mail soon.
About the image: The image above features Ellie’s Belles, a gift from my dear friend Lauralee (LL). LL, who works with organ and tissue donation, hosted a BRA Day event earlier this month in which the dolls were featured. She gave them to me when I visited DC earlier this month and spent a few hours with the family. The elegant dolls were created by artist Loren Martz. You can find these and many other dolls in her Etsy shop. [Thank you, LL for the special gifts, and thank you, Browns, for making time for me. ❤ y’all!]
About the title: The title of today’s post was inspired by one of the art journal pages my photographer friend, Diane W., posted on Instagram earlier this week. “Pink is not just a color. It’s an attitude.” It’s an attitude that I hope is sparked whenever we see the color pink, an uncompromising attitude that we will do what we can to manage our breast health and well-being and do all we can to support our sisters [and brothers] who have to deal with breast cancer.