Saturday, August 28, 2010
A Special Pink Saturday!
Welcome to Unshelved Words on this very special Pink Saturday! Beverly, our gracious Pink Saturday hostess is featuring my little corner of blogland this week. Thank you so much Beverly for shining the spotlight here. I am humbled.
The picture which you see on this post needs no introduction; however, until an individual has been touched by breast cancer either personally or through the illness of a loved one, the pretty pink ribbon's poignancy is seldom grasped. This week marked the 10th anniversary of my best friend's passing. Lynn was diagnosed with breast cancer in November, 1997. She underwent a masectomy, chemo, and radiation. It looked like the dreaded "C" was gone. She lived a wonderful eighteen months savoring so many simple things in life that were no longer taken for granted. Then in December, 1999, she came to my annual Christmas party for the girls, and she was in horrible pain. Throughout the evening she would wince in the chair where she was sitting, but not once did she complain. Within two weeks, she was diagnosed as "terminal." All 105 pounds of my dear friend rose to the occasion. She put up a hell of a fight wanting to live for Dawn, her only daughter. She faced the final battle on August 23, 2000. On that Wednesday evening around 6:15 p.m. she left us....and she left us wondering why there is no cure for breast cancer. Lynn was an inspiration throughout her illness. She always said that she was not angry. There were many others fighting for their life, too. She never asked "Why me, Lord?" She never gave up hope!
I tell you this story because, in addition to celebrating Pink Saturday, we are celebrating with Kelee at The Katillac Shack for Colette, a cancer survivor. Colette received a "Miracle Makeover" by Guidepost magazine. I celebrate Colette's triumph over cancer, and I am ecstatic over her "makeover." I share the link for you to visit Colette because my friend's death should not be in vain. Each time someone survives breast cancer, we should all celebrate! You can visit The Katillac Shack and read Colette's "miracle story" by clicking here. To visit fellow Happy Pink Saturday bloggers, visit Beverly at How Sweet the Sound. HAPPY PINK SATURDAY!