This weekend I got together with my Boston-based family for some early rockin’ around the Christmas tree (When I say “rockin’ around,” I mean “sitting around eating eggplant parm and lasagna” and when I say “the Christmas tree,” I mean “while we all have to repeat everything we say over and over again because my uncle can’t hear anything”). I was particularly excited to see my older cousin Pam – Pam was recently diagnosed with (very early-stage) breast cancer and is about to undergo treatment. This is where the pink comes in. With my pink lacy Euro-hip top, pink Indian bangles and scarf, pink socks, and pink moccasin-ish shoes, I looked like an ad for a trip around the world, but all in the name of celebrating my cousin and the family as they endure the process of surviving this painful disease.
As one in eight women will be diagnosed with invasive breast cancer at some point during their lifetime, I know that this issue has probably affected many of you. Luckily, Boston features a plethora of breast-cancer-related research and support resources. Dana Farber and The Silent Spring Institute work to explore the cause of and develop treatments for the disease; the Massachusetts Breast Cancer Coalition hosts support groups and outreach activities (I used to serve as an Outreach Intern there!); and the annual Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk serves as a great way to gather as a community to support loved ones and the overall cause of kicking cancer’s butt.
Anyways, even though it’s the holiday season, life’s challenges still arise, whether such challenges involve my uncle’s maintained denial of his deafness (he’s my favorite uncle, so I can bust his chops) or my cousin’s recent diagnosis and treatment. But by reaching out to our available supports – whatever they may be – we only get stronger.
Not to mention, this is all a good excuse to put down my homework and rock my favorite color. <3