What do you think of when you see the color pink? It is one of my favorite colors—I have used it as my branding for my show, and it makes me feel happy. Pink has a different significance for me in regard to October National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, having worked with Making Strides Against Breast Cancer, Susan G. Komen and The Power of Pink and UCAAN.org, a local organization created by Rachel Shur.
Pink reminds me of all the survivors. It used to be I knew just a few who had been touched, but that is not the case anymore. There are more than 3.8 million breast cancer survivors in the U.S. today—more than any other group of cancer survivors! This is why these foundations are so important, so they can continue to work tirelessly on finding a cure.
Researchers still know so little about this disease, but we do know that what we put into our bodies definitely matters. We need to remember to be our own advocates. There are many events where you can show your support and also gain knowledge about breast cancer.
The Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk is at Harbor Cove in Ventura on Oct. 12, the Power of Pink at the Ronald Reagan Library is also on Oct. 12, and the Susan G. Komen 5K Fun Walk is at Dodger Stadium on March 9.
I have reached out to a few incredible survivors and wanted to share some of their brighter side of life tips.
“It was so important for me to stay positive and live each day exactly how I wanted. I pushed forward by just seeing my sweet babies’ faces each day. What’s your why??” —Jennifer
“Don’t look back, don’t look to the future, just live each day to the fullest and live in the moment you have been blessed with.” —Bonnie
“I wouldn’t have minded my double mastectomy if I needed a breast reduction! I survived cancer through my sense of humor; choose your private distraction! You have choices in your life, don’t waste them.” —Deborah
“I have to be thankful every day for an amazing network of support—first, my husband, who stands right by my side through this; my daughter who has now become a caregiver; and my family and friends who text, email, call, visit, send cards and give the most loving hugs, which speak volumes! I would say that the protective bubble around me is that I got my mammogram every year, without fail, in large part because I felt like it was part of my job description to do it! It was through the mammogram in March that the lump was detected and the cancer was found early. My prognosis is very good and I have a nicely shaped bald head… and for that I am also grateful!” —Monica
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