|Ari and I at her first hockey game|
As readers of my blog know, the first half of October was unbearable for me with pink all over, as well as reminders of pink everywhere.
Then a sea change happened.
I decided to reclaim and re-embrace October and not think so hard about pink. For the second half of October I ignored it, in fact.
|Do you think she's having fun?|
This doesn't mean I buried my head in the sand and lived in a world of denial. This doesn't mean I approved of big corporations' unscrupulous pinkwashing and not sending the financial proceeds to where they belong -- toward research. This does not mean that my awesome fellow bloggers' concerted efforts did not make an impact on the world at large.
But what was right for me was that re-embracing October meant my refusal to get caught up in all that pink. Instead, I went forward and was grateful for all the things I must never take for granted:
My daughter and taking her to her first hockey game.
My friends and family.
The beautiful month October really is.
And promoting my book, Calling the Shots: Coaching Your Way Through the Medical System, which hasn't even been published yet.
Now for the last point: On October 27, 2011, I had the pleasure of being interviewed by NBC's Dr. Sandy Goldberg and radio personality Scott MacKay on Live! with Dr. Sandy. Our discussion focused on what my book is all about -- patient self-advocacy, whatever the medical condition. This was the topic at hand, and I actually got to read excerpts from my book for the first time in the public arena!
It was an exciting moment for me, one that I embraced wholeheartedly, and one that I will always remember. And, most importantly, I hope the people who were listening came away with information that could help them advocate for their own medical needs. That is the point of my book, after all, to coach others through a bureaucratic, often-impersonal medical system.
Dr. Sandy Goldberg is also the Founder and Chairman of A Silver Lining Foundation, which helps uninsured and underinsured women and men in the Chicago area obtain screening and, if necessary, treatment for breast cancer free-of-charge. She is one of the warmest, kindest, giving, caring people I've come to know. She has devoted her life's work to helping others.
I simply can't say enough good things about her.
I consider myself fortunate to have reveled in the last half of October.
Of course, I am glad November is finally here.
For even more information on Dr. Goldberg's organization, see There is a Silver Lining in Your Medical Care.
I'm writing a book titled Calling the Shots: Coaching Your Way Through the Medical System. I am a professional writer and have published numerous academic and magazine articles, as well as an essay on my breast cancer experience in the anthology Voices of Breast Cancer by LaChance Publishing. I can be contacted at firstname.lastname@example.org and email@example.com.