October was National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is very close to my heart and I wore at least one pink item for almost every day in October. I also decided not to wear my watch. While it is hot pink and a staple of my wardrobe, I wanted to omit it because you never know how much time you have left. This doesn’t just apply to cancer; few people wake up in the morning knowing that they won’t come home that day.
Both my grandmother and my aunt battled courageously with this devastating disease. My grandmother was able to conquer it; unfortunately my aunt did not. My grandmother had it when all of her children were grown and had families of their own. This was not the case for my aunt. She had teenagers, a tween, and a few adult children. They lost her while they were still becoming adults and finding their place in the world. My mom’s friend also had breast cancer a couple years ago. Both of her children are under the age of ten. Through strength, courage, faith, and treatment she was able to overcome this tremendous adversity and still stands strong for herself and her beautiful family today.
In many Disney films, there is often an absence of a mother. Anyone who hasn’t cried (or at least welled up with tears) once while watching Bambi’s mother die is heartless. When I think of Bambi’s mother, my mind goes to my aunt and my uncle and my cousins. I want to urge all wives, mothers, sisters, and daughters to become informed about breast cancer. Learn about your family history, ways to reduce your risks, and obtain screenings. Cherish every moment with your family and friends. Never take the people who love you for granted. Never go a day without telling them how much you care and how grateful you are to have them in your life. Life is too short to stay mad at people you love and who love you. For information on breast cancer, please visit: http://www.cancer.org/Cancer/BreastCancer/OverviewGuide/index.
Contributed by: Hannah N. (NDT#23) Hannah is the DDL Teens’ Viewpoint Blogger.