Think Pink

In searching for quotes, I came across a website with inspirational quotes for breast cancer awareness month, October, the pink month. I wanted to share those here, with some snippets of my ‘experiences’ related to breast cancer.

The best protection is early detection.

We should all frequently check our breasts, whether you are man or woman, because yes, men can get breast cancer too. In a previous life I knew a man who had ‘man boobs’ and he had a retracted nipple. His wife asked him many times to go to the doctor with it, and when he finally did, it was too late. He was diagnosed with breast cancer and died three months later.

Big or small, save them all.

I think it was about twelve years ago that a colleague of mine had to go for her very first breast scan. All women get call-ups for the scans from when we turn 50, and get them every two years. I am due for my second soon. When the colleague went for a scan, another colleague and I both said that if we ever discovered a lump, we would immediately have our breasts amputated. Like with so many things in life, none of us know how we would react until we end up in the circumstances, which is what happened to me. Less than six months after that remark of mine, I discovered a lump in my left breast. I was terrified. I imagined myself without my left breast and I instantly knew: I DON’T WANT TO LOSE IT! Gone was my false bravery. I had to go for a mammogram and it was three weeks before the appointment. Three. Agonizing. Weeks. The lump was a cyst. ‘Only’ a cyst. The doctor said I still had exactly the same risk as any other woman to get breast cancer; that the cyst didn’t mean I have an increased chance. From time to time the lump is there again, then the cyst drains and it’s gone.

We don’t know how strong we are until being strong is the only choice we have.

Now I haven’t been in a situation where I needed to be strong because of cancer (except when my mom had it and died of it, but that’s different than having it yourself), but there is one person that I absolutely admire and respect her strength, and the way she had made us part of her journey, has shown as all what it is to be brave and strong. Yes, I am talking about Julie. I will never forget the grace with which she has gone through a period that must have been much harder than she has shared with us, and I hope that if ever I have to go through something similar, I can have half her strength and grace.

my nipple with a pink piercing for breast cancer awareness month
“Think Pink” is what I am doing today…

Supporting the fighters.
Admiring the survivors.
Honoring the taken.
And never, ever giving up hope.

© Rebel’s Notes

11 thoughts on “Think Pink

  1. Oh Marie – I have goosebumps reading all of this and I think what a beautiful post it is. It is something we all need to be aware of and I 100% agree, Julie is proof that being strong will pull you through <3

  2. Really the best image this week due to your powerful message and reminder about Breast Cancer Awareness month. I’m ashamed to admit that I have never carried out regular examinations, or proper ones and as I’m older now it’s so much more in my consciousness to do so. Posts like this remind me again to not forget to start and keep it up so thank you.

  3. Thank you so much Marie. Your words are so kind. It is so difficult to cope with the reality of a lump, whether it turns out to be cancer or not, it is something we fear. I am testament to the fact that it is possible to face this reality and deal with it. Never be scared to get checked out xxxx

  4. I love everything about this post and thank you for highlighting breast cancer awareness week. Your nipple bar looks too cute – it has one of the feelings that just makes me want to touch it. 🙂

  5. Great post Marie – and I so love all the different shades of pink in your photo x
    PS. I wrote a post for Breast Cancer Awareness month last week. U may find it interesting as it is about a friend of mine who also inspired my round 6 Smut M story from last year x

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