October is here and it seems everywhere we look, there is something to remind us that it is breast cancer awareness month. There are events, fundraisers, commercials and articles to get people thinking about their breast health. I am a 2-year breast cancer survivor and I want to do all that I can to spread the word as knowledge is power!
One recent message really hit home with me and I wanted to share it with my Every Woman family. If you haven’t heard already, country music star, Kellie Pickler, recently caused quite a buzz (literally). She shaved off all of her hair in support of her childhood friend, Summer Miller, who is currently battling breast cancer. Summer received the devastating news in June 2012 and Kellie wanted to show her support. Take a minute to watch the video and make sure you have a few tissues.
Wasn’t that amazing?! Watching them shave their heads reminded me of the time when I shaved my hair off. I felt the same way and while watching their moment, I remembered mine like it was just yesterday. When I first touched my head, I could feel that it was gone and then looked into the trash can to see my hair. At first, I wanted to cry out and ask God to give me my hair back. But instead, he gave me strength, which I really needed over those next few months I would need it! Watching their story reminded me of my breast friend, Brandy, and how her friendship helped to lift my spirit on many days that I just didn’t want to fight anymore.
Life is a series of hurdles and as we get over each one, we become stronger, more ready to face the next challenge. Our hair would just get in the way of our cancer battle so by shaving it off, we stand tall, ready to fight.
To all my pink sisters – I wish you good health, happiness and many, many birthdays!!
Do you know someone fighting breast cancer right now? Post their story here so that we can lift them up, pray for them,and post a message to let them know that they are not alone.
For the second year in a row, Lexington Medical Center is entering the international Pink Glove Dance video contest sponsored by Medline Industries, Inc. The project honors cancer survivors and raises awareness about breast cancer. To view and vote for Lexington Medical Center’s video, go to pinkglovedance.com.