As a breast cancer survivor, I know first-hand the power of art and creative expression…
Why do I wear pink? What does it mean to me?
Seems like a simple enough question, right?
Pink, a beautiful color representing femininity, girl-iness, perhaps princesses, and of course breast cancer awareness. So, why have I not been able to describe what it means to me? I had all these grandiose plans of post after post in October celebrating the power of pink but when push came to shove-it proved much more difficult than I could ever imagine.
When I see pink, I see life.
I see my baby’s first steps, I see her first words, I see her taking those big-girl steps into the first day of kindergarten and then eventually college. I see her getting married and having babies of her own. When I was diagnosed my younger daughter was only 9 months old and I promised myself that I would get through this, that I would survive, and I would wear pink through all of these important milestones.
To me, Pink is power.
It shows that when we band together, we can actually save lives. Thanks to the Susan G. Komen Foundation and hugely successful pink campaigns across the country, millions upon millions of dollars have been raised to find a cure for breast cancer. New treatments and medicines have been developed, and they are making a difference. Some naysayers pooh-pooh all the pink ribbon efforts and races and fundraising events, but I know they’re working. I know that I’m here today because of the break-through medical treatments which were made possible by all of the advanced medical research.
Pink is love.
So I guess when I think about it…what pink really means to me is “Thanks and Gratitude.”
I am so grateful for all of the support my family and I personally received from our family, friends, and community as well as the nation-wide support of breast cancer awareness and research. I’d like to say thanks to all of the breast cancer supporters out there… The caregivers, the donors, the race runners, the non profits, the families, and medical fields that are all working to find a cure.
Thank you for supporting breast cancer research and awareness! Please join me as a I raise a glass to all of those who have been touched by breast cancer and continue to support the fight for a cure.
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HI! I’m a Shana, self-proclaimed Media Mixologist, wife, and mom to two little girls. I love to mix up cocktails of crafts, recipes, wellness, family and business with just the right amount of sparkle to help you shine everyday. So, grab a glass, and let’s celebrate the cocktail of life!