Pink Awareness Ribbons. Yes, they are everywhere and so common that even my children know what they stand for, and that is not a bad thing. Awareness can save lives, from early detection to becoming familiar with what breast cancer is, pink ribbon campaigns have made a difference in the battle against this disease.
Not every battle is fought the same. Not every battlefield is on level ground. Some have access to better weapons and intelligence, others are waging what seems a fruitless fight alone. And sometimes, even when Hope abandons our side, and Defeat becomes our ally, we can not lose sight of ourselves. We must seek Hope out, and find her again, in the smiling face of a stranger, in a touching song, or emotional video… we know she’s still out there, and we must convince ourselves to let her back into our lives.
This can be a daunting task. But isn’t as hard as it seems. Hope can be found in the gentle touch of a warm hand on our shoulder, a hot cup of tea shared over a laugh, a few words of encouragement, a pink ribbon symbolizing YOU ARE NOT ALONE. Hope is not something that ever completely leaves, she’s there, just under the surface of all the darkness, reaching for the light. It may be hard to let her out, Defeat and her sister Misery are such easier companions to let in, but we must give Hope her chance to share the world with us. We must let her show us the bright side of even the darkest day.
Pink ribbons are a sign of hope, a sign of celebration and a sign of remembrance. To those that are fighting the battle, those that have won the battle and those that have been lost…. you are not alone, your family is not alone, we (men, women and children) are all in this together. Cancer does not discriminate, neither does Hope.
-Above Image from Pinterest/Pink Ribbon Cancer Council