Posts Tagged ‘National Breast Cancer Awareness Month’
Today is October 31st, which is Halloween, which is a big deal in the spectrummy community, for better or for worse. (In our house, Halloween is adored by Pudding, but we’ll see how her more defensive brother deals with it this year). But today is also the last day of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I started out the month not paying so much attention. My mind, as always, is in a million places with bidding, and managing Pudding’s needs, and trying to figure out what is going on with Cubby. I bought some products that had the pink ribbon on them, checked my boobs in the shower (they’re fine, thank you for asking) and didn’t consider it much more than that.
Someone who reads and comments on this blog, unfortunately, was not so lucky. At the beginning of this month, I emailed Jen to see if she wanted to go for a coffee. We’d been reading and commenting on the others’ blogs, and we live so close to each other, it seemed silly not to meet up. We tentatively arranged to meet the week Spectrummy Daddy was away, but before we finalized our plans, I logged on and read this post she’d written. And though I hadn’t yet met this new friend, I was in tears by the end of it.
We still haven’t met up for that coffee. When you’re diagnosed with two kinds of cancer while your husband is serving a tour in Iraq, life gets in the way. I’ve been left to follow Jen’s story at a distance, as she bravely shares her experience with the rest of us. She is writing some amazing things, like what we shouldn’t say to someone newly diagnosed with cancer, and exploring all the raw emotion brought about by having her life turned upside down within the space of a few weeks.
At some point soon I’m hoping to tell Jen how amazing she is to write through her pain, how normal it is to have these feelings, and how fortunate I feel to have her as a friend, even if I haven’t met her yet.
One in eight of all women will be diagnosed with breast cancer during their lifetime, please check yourself, and remind the women in your lives to do the same.