The pink part of this whimiscal lady is that October is "Breast Cancer Awareness Month". The color of pink has been associated with breast cancer for some time now.
I have had breast cancer two times...yes in both breasts - but at different times. The times were many years ago..so long ago that I can hardly remember the dates. The occurences were about 7 years apart .But the main part is that I am a survivor - God is good. Both times were when I was single - as far as being married was concerned - but had a circle of caring family and friends. My church family certainly helped carry much of the burden with me.
Both times I was able to keep my breasts - yes scarred - but intact. Nor did I have to endure the rigors of chemo...just had the daily doses of radiation for weeks.
My place of employment was fantastic to me both times...first time my radiation treatment was a 8:00 in the morning...was in a car pool with another woman...she would leave me at the hospital and take the car (hers or mine) on to her work...when I was thru my company would send someone to pick me up. My company was about 3 miles from the hospital.
The second time around - I would drive to the hospital - take my treatment - come back to work and continue the day. Neither time was I ever charged for the time off. Also on the second time around our company insurance was not quite as good - but the company paid for all the expenses I was charged for that was not paid for by the insurance company. Oft times it is great to work for a small company where you are "some one" and not just a "employee number".
One thing (aside from prayer) that helped me through this difficult period was to tell people about my problem... . like if you had a mountain of sand in your yard that needed to be moved .... but you gave a grain of sand to each friend as they came along...all of you together could move this mountain. To me this meant each person could carry a small bit of my burden and together we would whip this problem. It worked for me.
Today, I felt like I needed to share this.
May God bless you .