Monday, November 5, 2012

Why I love Pink!

The pink ribbon serves as a symbol that most people recognize as the support of breast cancer awareness. Lately, the color pink and the symbol has had a bit of backlash from those who find it to be overwhelming. October is referred to as Pinktober/Breast Cancer Awareness Month. There are those who complain of the color, while there are those who are upset that the pinktober theme appears to focus only on survivors and those who complain about the attention given to breast cancer as opposed to the other cancers that are also deserving of awareness. I agree every cancer deserves awareness. In fact, all diseases deserve to be given attention. However, I can remember that there was a time that no one spoke openly about cancer - even more so breast cancer.

I love to see the courageous women and men who have faced breast cancer share their journeys with others. Their journeys are unique to each individual as well as their support system.

I love hearing about the decisions that some have made which may seem a bit drastic to others but completely logical to the person making an important personal decision. Rene Syler a spokeswoman for the Susan G. Komen for the Cure, author, TV personality and CEO of Goodenoughmother shared her decision to have a bilateral prophylactic mastectomy.

I love going into the stores and seeing the products that are supporting the fight against breast cancer.

The pink theme parties, events, symbols and products are great reminders that breast cancer awareness is very important. It has made a huge impact in the fight against breast cancer - it funds research and assist in helping those who are unable to afford the services among other vital concerns. Whether you like the pink theme/symbol or not, lives are being saved.

Here's a brief history of the Pink Ribbon as shared via Wikipedia

The first known use of a pink ribbon in connection with breast cancer awareness was in the fall of 1991, when the Susan G. Komen Foundation handed out pink ribbons to participants in its New York City race for breast cancer survivors.

The pink ribbon was adopted as the official symbol of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month the next year, in 1992. The pink ribbon was derived from the popular red ribbon for AIDS awareness. Alexandra Penney, the editor-in-chief of the women's health magazine Self, and breast cancer survivor Evelyn Lauder, the senior corporate vice president at the cosmetics company Estée Lauder created a ribbon for the cosmetics giant to distribute in stores in New York City.

As one who had my own scare with breast cancer, I welcome all the pink awareness themes and events. The emphasis on early detection/prevention is extremely important. The love and support from the Pink awareness supports women and men who are also facing the fight with cancer.

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