I hate scary movies. I avoid them completely. You’ll be sitting there when all of a sudden, BOO something ugly and unexpected jumps out! My heart starts racing, I feel like I’m frozen to my seat, my mouth gets dry, and my hair sticks up!
That’s how I react to the word “cancer” too. We have many serious illnesses in life, not just cancer, but when the doctor told me, “you have cancer,” I was very scared, like BOO! Heart bursting out of my chest, paralyzed…. I used to think the word “cancer” was synonymous with “dying”. But dying was not an option for me, when there are still so many things to do, so many people to love, so many wonderful foods to indulge in, and so many wonderful sunsets to watch? But, BOO, you have cancer.
I have a sister that’s five years younger than me and who is a breast cancer survivor. One day, when I was in Guadalajara, she showed me her scar. While I personally had a tumor removed, this was different, so visible and so evasive. The only thing I can remember was that it looked like half of her body was stolen, like in a scary movie. All I wanted to do was hug her. I remember she kept telling me that it was important to tell all my friends and family to do self- examinations, including men! My sister is truly a fighter. Now she’s an advocate for cancer prevention in Guadalajara. For her, doing self-examinations is what saved her life. I can visualize her hair sticking up with fear too, “BOO, you have cancer!”
All of us cancer survivors walk around trying to have as normal a life as possible. If you have been to the boutique Cupcake and talked to Kate, the owner, you have met another fighter. And yet, despite her fight against cancer, she always has a beautiful smile? I’m sure she’s spooked by the cancer. I can also imagine her with her hair spiky with fear. But regardless, she always looks beautiful.
In the month of October, which is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, Cupcake and Goler have teamed up to benefit Breast Wishes, a local organization that provides information on breast cancer prevention and treatment alternatives. Be on the lookout for information on the events we are each hosting in our stores. I hope to see you all here at Goler or at Cupcake this month… in honor of all of those that have somehow been touched by breast cancer or really, any cancer. We all walk together!