There are pink products I like.
No, really. It’s true.
I like the ones people who love and support me have given me! I have a super coffee mug with a pink ribbon on it that I drink out of every day it’s not dirty.
I have a great pink Cubs hat. I’m not even a fan (of baseball … at … all … sorry, Wigi), but I am a fan of the friends who passed it along to me and the friends who delivered it. And it’s a good hat. And it’s from CHICAGO, which is my absolutely favorite city on Earth.
Despite my desire to scatter large displays of pink candy on grocery store floors and watch people slip and fall down, it’s hard to pass up pink M&M’s when they are offered.
And here is one of my all-time favorite pink products:
It’s a card designed by a 20-something survivor. I work with one of her sisters and all three sisters have a design business (Blustery Day Design) that has more talent in it than the Cirque du Soleil.
One of the very worst things that happens to women who have breast cancer is that you are almost immediately stripped of your sense of femininity. Boobs are gone. Hair is gone – everywhere – your eyelashes, your eyebrows, everything. Sometimes, they take out your ovaries to get the estrogen-producers out. If you have chemo, it shuts down your ovaries anyway. If you are young, you are thrust into instant menopause. You feel like total crap. And you either gain ridiculous amounts of weight from steroids or puke your guts up and get very sickly … or both.
This card reminds women that despite all of this, they are still beautiful. YOU think they are beautiful. I kind of wish I’d gotten this card every day until my hair grew back.
And then there is this card for the pink haters among us:
It’s a “thinking of you” sort of a card with not ONE DOT of pink on it.
Finally, here’s the card I think every cancer survivor should be issued by their doctors. (It’s good for all survivors, not just breast cancer ladies.)
Get this – it has a REAL cancer card in it. That’s right, a card you can put in your wallet and when something is not going your way, you can whip it out and say, “be nice, I have cancer.” You can ACTUALLY “pull the cancer card.”
Cancer has to be good for something.
As a survivor, I can tell you I would have appreciated any of these cards. Anything that was supportive or funny, without being sappy or tearful, was the exact right thing to send me when I was feeling my worst.
You can order these (and some other cool stuff) on Blustery Day Design’s shop on Etsy.
Just so you know
I’m trying to post something informative about breast cancer every day during the month of October, which is breast cancer awareness month. Medical facts, information about causes I think are important, friends I want you to know and pink products I like. (Yes, there are a few.)
If you are a friend of mine on Facebook (and I actually do keep it to people I know/have known or survivor friends), you’ll see status updates with more facts in them, too. Same for Twitter (and you are all welcome to follow me there).
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