The pink ribbon, the union facing breast cancer
To date, it is estimated that 1 in 8 women will suffer from breast cancer in their lifetime. In fact, they are currently diagnosed between one million and two million cases a year in the world. A sad and bleak reality. Apart from the statistics, most of us have had close cases of someone who has had it or has it. This, no doubt, is a sign that there is something that is not going well in our world.
Probably a large part of the blame lies in the environmental pollutants, the excessive hormonality of the food we eat and our way of life. Whatever is behind the great incidence of this pathology, each of us has something to occupy ourselves: the examination of our breasts.
A Little Story about Breast Cancer
A man in his fifties entered discreetly into a cafe and sat down at an empty table. Before placing his order, he noticed a group of younger men sitting at a nearby table. They were laughing.
It was obvious that they were laughing and making fun of him. It was not long before he remembered that he wore a small pink bow on the lapel of his jacket and that this was the motive for laughter. At first, he ignored them, but laughter began to irritate him.
He looked at one of them, pointed to his bow, and asked, “Is this funny?”
The men looked at each other, bewildered. Still trying to hold back the laughter, one of them answered: Do not take it too bad, we only commented how cute you are the pink bow with that blue sack.
With a friendly gesture, the gentleman invited the joker to sit down at his table. Uncomfortable as he was, the young man accepted, not knowing why. With a very calm voice, the gentleman explained:
“I wear this pink ribbon to alert everyone about breast cancer. I wear it in honor of my mother.
“Sir, pardon me.” Did your mother die of breast cancer?
“No, she’s not dead. Fortunately, she is alive and very well. But it was her breasts that fed me when I was a baby.
And in her breasts was where I rested my head when I was frightened or sad when I was a small child. I am very grateful for my mother’s breasts for the health of the one she enjoys today.
“Hmm, of course!” Replied the young man.
“I also wear this pink bow in honor of my wife,” said the gentleman.
“Is she okay too?” – He asked the boy.
-Oh yeah. She is perfect. And with her breasts, she fed and nurtured our beautiful daughter 23 years ago. I am very grateful for my wife’s breasts and her health.
-I get it. So I guess you wear it to in honor of your daughter.
“No, I cannot wear it in honor of my daughter, for that is late. She died of breast cancer a month ago.
She thought she was too young to have breast cancer. So, when he accidentally noticed a lump, he ignored it. She thought that since it did not cause her pain, there was nothing to worry about.
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Now downcast and ashamed, the young man said to him:
-Oh, sir, how sorry I am…
“That is why, in memory of my daughter, I also wear this little pink bow, because it allows me to give others an opportunity that I no longer have. So now, go and talk this over with your wife and your daughter, your mother and your sister, as well as your friends.
“And take-” The man reached into his pocket and pulled out another small pink bow and handed it to the young man.
The boy looked at the ribbon that was given him and raising his head asked the gentleman: “Will you help me put it on?
Examine your breasts, save your life
We have to put special care in monitoring our breasts since cancer can be a silent disease with a fatal outcome if we do not pay attention at the right time.
Thus, we should self- examine the breast monthly conscientiously, as well as mammograms from time to time and periodically go to relevant gynecological examination.
Lie down and put the arm that corresponds to the breast that you are going to examine above your head. As it is likely that at first, it is difficult to get to you with the new sensations, palpate your breasts with the flat part of the fingers in different directions.
Later when you begin to feel better, do it with the yolks, as they will allow you to be much more exhaustive. You can divide your breasts into four quadrants in order to make it easier for you. It is recommended that this self-examination also is performed standing up.
We have to tear down that fear to what we can find because the only thing that leads to avoidance behavior is that it is too late to tackle problems that may arise.
Commit yourself to your body, respect your emotions and accept that your breasts are a valuable as well as vital part. Be kind to yourself, love yourself, take care, explode and lose the fear of your body.