Think Pink

red ink . . .

In the last two posts, we talked about having your “own thing.” Well, one “thing” that pink ink and I share a passion for (honestly, she has been passionate for years, and I am a new convert, having been inspired by my own breast biopsy a few years ago and taken to a new level by her diagnosis) – is breast health.

I had my annual mammogram today! My birthday was yesterday and this was my present to myself. Have you had yours? I have to tell you that I had more than the usual anxiety going in (because of my heightened awareness about BC, and because of my own previous biopsy) but the sense that I am being responsible and taking my own health in my hands outweighed any angst. I actually was feeling pumped (albeit a little stinky – no deodorant allowed – and said to myself “let’s do this” as I walked in to the office this year. So the good news is that I was all clear. I was proud of myself because I know my Ta-tas better this year than I have in the past. Thanks to pink ink I am much more diligent about doing self exams monthly so when my doctor told me that my breasts were less dense (read – in need of more supportive bras – lol), I already knew that! (This is a side effect of being peri-menopausal, according to my doctor, which makes mammograms easier to read in some cases!). I’m also reminded by pink ink’s experience that breast health is an every day, and not an annual, event and will continue to “touch the Ta-tas!

To kick off Breast Cancer Awareness Month (October) we are asking everyone that we know to “Think Pink” on next Monday, October 1st and to acknowledge your support for those in your lives who have been touched by breast cancer by wearing a PINK shirt (or anything that you have that is pink and fly) on that day. And schedule your mammogram if you haven’t already done so!

BUT HERE’S THE IMPORTANT PART – We want YOU to take a picture of yourself in your PINK & let us know you’ve had or scheduled your mammo. Send the pix and a note to to us at inkwellchicks@gmail.com. We are planning to post the photos as a kickoff celebration of life and of our collective determination to find a cure!

Some of you guys will be joining us for the Komen Phoenix 20th Annual Walk for Breast Cancer on Sunday, October 14th. Even if you can’t be there, you can support the cause with a contribution to the team (Pinkwellchick). See http://phoenix.info-komen.org/site/TR/RacefortheCure/PHX_PhoenixAffiliate?team_id=219822&pg=team&fr_id=2646u. This is personal ya’ll. WE ARE THE CURE! Let’s make it happen.

Be about it

Pink Ink…

Brief break in the madness. As the song says…”Every day I’m hustlin’, hustlin'” Because clearly, I need a cure! HA!

Be about it!

Walk with me

Pink ink…

Today I registered for the Phoenix Race for the Cure! That’s right. In 3 months and 3 days I will be participating in my umpteenth Komen Race.

To top it off, I created a Pinkwellchick team! Shocker huh? LOL. Not a shocker at all! In full disclosure, I do sit on the local Affiliate Board of Directors. Some would say I HAVE to walk. That is technically true. I have to participate as part of my Board responsibilities. That’s what I have to do according to the piece of paper I signed. But, there’s more to it.

I could give you the straight facts:

-We need a Cure.
-75% of the money raised stays local.
-The money raised goes toward providing mammograms, treatment & breast cancer prevention and education.
I am the Cure encourages people to make a commitment.
-Every group I am in from the Jr. League to The Links, Inc. has partnered with Susan G. Komen to bring awareness.
-Did I mention we need a Cure?

But that’s not why I have to participate. I have to participate because…I HAVE to! LOL. You see, breast cancer awareness has always been a part of my life, a part of me. But now? Now, it IS me. My breast cancer does not define me. But it is a defining part of me. So I have to be there. I started my treatment journey the day after last year’s race. What a triumph it will be to walk, having been in the Cancer Lane for a year!

Walking with Survivors after surviving…everything.

Walking with my husband, celebrating HIM. Thanking HIM! He has survived this journey. He got me through this journey. The Race day will also be our 17th wedding anniversary!

Walking with Lil B…again! This will be Race #10 for her! But it will be different this time. She now knows first hand what self-detection means. She knows first hand what “Survival” means. She can now “Share her story”.

Walking with friends from all over. Friends like Red Ink Michele, who promise to walk side by side, hand in hand with me, as we promise to continue this dialog, continue to survive.

Walking in memory of those we have lost. For years I have walked in honor of a friend. We lost her not long ago. I will still proudly wear her name on my shirt.

Walking, knowing that I have a responsibility, a desire to keep giving “cancerrealtalk”. A responsibility to get even more people talking about breast cancer. A responsibility to get my friends to do self-exams, to get mammos. A responsibility to DO SOMETHiNG.

So you see, I HAVE to walk.

I hope you will…walk with me.