Tuesday, October 5, 2010

Think Pink

I didn't get to start this month the way I'd orginally planned because of the homecoming festivities, but now I want to draw attention to something that deserves support and a spotlight.

Welcome to breast cancer awareness month.

Cancer seems to be an unavoidable evil these days.  Seems most of us have been touched in personal ways by this horrendous disease.  But recently, the United States Preventative Task Service put out a memo indicating that yearly mammograms are no longer necessary.  Most organizations have stated that this finding isn't necessary wrong, but it cannot be a blanket suggestion for all women everywhere.  And for every woman who may not benefit from a yearly mammogram, there is also a woman who survived because of early detection.

I don't know what it's like to be diagnosed with breast cancer.  To be frank, I know that breasts are a big part of what it is to be a woman.  But they don't define you.  Neither does cancer.

This month, every time you wear pink, say a prayer for someone who may be struggling with this disease.  Say a prayer for the woman who was just diagnosed, or the one who is fearful because she has yet to receive a diagnosis.  Pray for the families.  Pray for the doctors.  Pray for a cure.  Then, believe in the words of the Deliverer: 
"Don't be afraid, I've redeemed you.
I've called your name. You're mine.
When you're in over your head, I'll be there with you.
When you're in rough waters, you will not go down.
When you're between a rock and a hard place,
it won't be a dead end—"
--Isaiah 43:2 (The Message)