I’ve worn pink lapel ribbons, pink clothes and a sassy pair of pink sandals I bought in New York to demonstrate that I care very much about breast cancer. I’ve covered events, written reams about it and supported the cause because I care. And then I got breast cancer! Not that I thought my good efforts were any kind of insurance policy, but I hoped it would never happen.
But because of regular mammograms I was diagnosed early and the fabulous team at Breastscreen ACT wrapped their cocoon of care around me and I survived with the best attitude I could muster and the best care I could imagine. I don’t use the ‘lucky’ word because in my grandfather’s way of explaining things “luck has bugger all to do with it girl”, a sentiment he used often to explain so many things and instill a sense of reality into things you can’t control. The fact his eldest daughter, an accomplished women of elegance and aromas I still remember had died quite young of breast cancer, was distressing for him, and years on because of her I’ve been vigilant. It paid off and I now have a fine new pair, all my own bits, a pert and perky size to boot, and enormous respect for all those who made it possible. No it hasn’t been easy but I’m just one of so many on the never ending production line of cancer patients of all kinds who fight with all they can to survive. The alternative is not an option.
So when October, a month to raise breast cancer awareness comes around and boobs are high on the social agenda for fundraising to continue the determination of researchers, doctors and surgeons in the search for prevention and a cure of breast cancer I’m happy to be amongst like minded people to raise that awareness, help fund research and try to make Breastscreening compulsory. No excuses, it’s there for you and can save your life.
So there we were on Pink Ribbon Day with the wonderful team from The Cancer Council enjoying a breakfast at The BoatHouse on the edge of a tranquil Lake Burley Griffin gloating about our perfect city, and hearing good news from Medical Oncologist Dr. Paul Craft, about research and new drug therapies where he believes we are on the cusp of some groundbreaking treatments. Ever optimistic I’ll happily take the current therapies, be ever vigilant - and no I didn’t find a lump, it was so small – and support wherever I can.