By Shon Lomax
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month and all the world seems covered in pink. For good reason of course. T-shirts, shopping bags, coffee mugs and the ever popular pink ribbon, you name it. The fight for the cure is on and everyone has pledged their support by donning the one color that instantly ties us all together. Heck, the other day I even saw a small poodle who appeared to have been dipped in fuchsia. Not surprising though it is Hollywood. She probably was headed to an audition with owner in tow.
But in all seriousness as I prepare to longboard eighteen miles for the cure www.b4bc.org next week I discovered that although I was super stoked about the event that I didn’t really know who Susan G. Komen was. True story. Over the years I’d always heard her name and knew it was synonymous with breast cancer research but I’d never taken the time to read her story. Until now.
After scouring the net and several sites that gave similarly thin details of her life, I managed to find a personal revelation by her sister Nancy Brinker. Who by the way started this whole pink party in honor of her sister.
Susan G. Komen was 33 years old when she was diagnosed with breast cancer. It was the late 70’s and although there were other treatment options she and her family did not seek them out immediately based on one doctor’s promise of “a cure”. Although she appeared healthy and “cancer free” after having a subcutaneous mastectomy performed, she and her family’s relief was quickly replaced with dread when another lump was discovered months later. She would live three more years until finally succumbing to the disease at age 36. READ THE FULL STORY HERE
What moved me the most about this story is the bond shared by these two sisters. It was strengthened even more throughout Susan’s illness by the mere promise of furthering breast cancer research so other women and their families wouldn’t have to endure what they’d experienced. Not only did Nancy make good on her promise she started a global movement in the process. Pretty sure that’s not what she had in mind. She only wanted to honor her sister’s memory. Indeed she has… READ A MESSAGE FROM NANCY BRINKER, THE FOUNDER OF SUSAN G. KOMEN FOR THE CURE HERE http://ww5.komen.org/AboutUs/MessageFromOurFounder.html
Let’s all become more educated together. Encourage daughters, aunts, mothers, cousins and all the women in your life to practice early detection. Self-checks and getting mammograms regularly are the key. Not to mention a healthy diet and an active lifestyle. I too could use a little more movement in my life. Shakira was right when she said, “The hips don’t lie”. Ha!
Ladies, live well by getting involved in one of the many events(check out the links below) surrounding this great cause. Run, jump, skip, swim, play or skate. It doesn’t matter. Just do something. That’s peace.
http://www.komennctriangle.org/ NORTH CAROLINA
http://www.avonfoundation.org/waw/ WALK AROUND THE WORLD