Sunday, October 13, 2013

DuPont does Pink! Breast Cancer Awareness


Thank you for visiting Chico, CA, and the horse we've grown to love. Draped in pink, Du Pont helps raise awareness about breast cancer. He's a winner, always doing the town proud.

I'm displaying these photos for Sundays in My City, hosted by a warm-hearted wonder, UnknownMami. And they tie-in with my Breast Cancer Awareness Giveaway. I'll announce the winner Monday. For now, here are some stories of courage, strength, tragic loss, love, faith, and perseverance. Thank you to everyone who commented. There's still time to share a story if you'd like. I appreciate it, and I'm sure many others do too.

I'd like to ask a favor: Please lend support (and prayer, if you're so inclined) to our dear blog friend, Mike Swift, as his twin sister, Michele/Shelly, is gearing up for a lengthy, grueling battle with breast cancer. We're here for you, Mike and Shelly! 
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Debra She Who Seeks said...I'd like to nominate my friend Elaine who is currently battling breast cancer. She is having her radiation treatments now. The chemo made her quite sick and landed her in hospital a couple of times. But Elaine has been a real trooper throughout. We all hope for a successful resolution and a long life ahead for her!
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Daisy said...An aunt of mine struggled with fighting breast cancer. So far she is winning the battle as it seems that it was diagnosed early enough that it could be taken care of.
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Julie Luek said...Four years ago three of my college pals and I started getting together. Now in our mid-40s, our kids almost grown, we drew together, reunited, laughing like the school girls we once were. Our reunion after all these years, was motivated by the breast cancer diagnosis of one of us, Joan. Every year after, once a year, we got together, as Joan bravely fought. We shed tears over her fears-- not seeing her children graduate college, get married or meet her grandchildren.
Last August (2012) was our last reunion. Joan slipped from our world that October. To all the kids she touched in her life of teaching, to her family and to us, her lifelong friends, it is a loss we still mourn. Here's to the awareness and hope for the future.  

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Theresa said...My paternal grandmother lost the fight against breast cancer. I really wish I would have had the chance to have met her. I hear she was a great lady, one with a really big heart.
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JoJo said...I'd like to nominate my friend Jaime, who discovered a hot mass under her breast in 2008, at the age of 29. It was breast cancer and she went through hell with all of the treatments, radiation, chemo, etc. She lost her beautiful red hair, but she soldiered on. She named the lump Tumora and decided to adopt a warrior attitude toward defeating it. All that time, she refused to give up and refused to be 'poor me'. She's now cancer free.
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Cheryl said…My walking partner is a breast cancer survivor. Sally was diagnosed with breast cancer when she was just 28 years old and had to have a bilateral mastectomy. She has been cancer free for many years.
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Tammy said...Well, breast cancer has touched those close to me quite a few times. It killed my maternal grandmother as a young woman and my paternal grandmother was a survivor. A Coworker died young leaving a two-year old son behind. But my hero award goes to my great friend Carol who has twice fought and beaten breast cancer with a positive attitude and incredible resoluteness. She is someone who appreciates life’s many adventures and gives so much.
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Susan Flett Swiderski said...Yes, men can definitely get breast cancer. My brother did, and he was only in his thirties at the time. Unfortunately, I know way too many people who've fought and lost a battle with breast cancer. I'd like to nominate my life-long friend Caryl, who won her fight, in spite of being told by her doctor that she was a goner at one point.
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Empty Nest Insider said...I know that you lost your mom at a young age to cancer. We lost our cousin several years ago to breast cancer. She left behind two small boys who were only two and four years old.
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Ruth said...Sadly, I know too many people that have had it. Cancer rates are fairly high in my area. A former classmate of my husband, Cindy, had it twice. She is a teacher and had to drive up to Des Moines every day for chemo for 7 weeks. She is one of the sweetest people I know.
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M.L. Swift said...It comes at a difficult period in the lives of this household.
A month ago, my twin sister (Michele/Shelly) went in for her yearly mammo and found out she had BC. They noticed this spot last year, but "weren't concerned," and didn't biopsy, although they did biopsy another area that proved to be calcification. We figured the other (you know, the one they weren't worried about!) was the same
In this year's mammo, it had changed. A biopsy proved it to be what's known as Triple Negative BC, and is pretty serious. These past few weeks have seen many doctor's appointments: surgeon, oncologist, MRI's, an upcoming PET scan, and the like.
So sis will need a double mastectomy. The cancer is close to the chest wall and has affected the nodes...scary shit. Almost six months of chemo will precede the surgery so they can shrink it first and get it more away from the chest wall. Nodes will be coming out.
Both of us are scared, but putting it in God's hands (it just dawned on me—that sounds like God is copping a feel from my sis).
This came to light a mere three months after Mom passed, so the reality of sis's mortality is staring us both in the face. Please keep her in your prayers.
My aunt, a survivor, is doing well and has been lifting her up with hope and prayer.

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Momma Fargo said...My mother survived breast cancer and I am very proud of her.

48 comments:

  1. Great post. I love the horse too, very smart in pink!

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  2. I love seeing everyone... including horses support Breast Cancer. Yesterday, I seen a man in a pink tie. Good for him for supporting this cause.

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  3. I never knew wearing pink was a way of showing awareness of breast cancer, but I'm glad to have been educated! And I'm sure a metrosexual horse like Dupont won't mind looking effeminate, he's cool about such things!

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  4. SO awesome that Du Pont is wearing pink. I love this. I love seeing everyone wearing pink this month. Such an important cause.

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  5. a brilliant post, my friend!
    love dupont in pink!

    xoxo

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  6. There he is, my old friend DuPont looking pretty in pink.

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  7. So many people battling breast cancer. Prayers for all of them.

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  8. Pink is a great color for DuPont, and a wonderful show of support for Breast Cancer Awareness.

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  9. All sure are battling away and hope they win the day. Nice to see all in pink to support too.

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  10. Love the horse, he is gorgeous. An illness that has effected so many including my own mother.

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  11. Hurray for DuPont and for increasing awareness as well. Have a great day, Robyn.

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  12. DuPont wears that pink quite well and for a good cause. I'll bet not a single person out there doesn't know someone that's been touched by breast cancer. Sad when you think about it.

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  13. I have two friends who had breast cancer and underwent mastectomies - both are survivors today. Catch it early and it is beatable.

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  14. I can't help but think if men were the ones with such high numbers of breast cancer this country would be moving heaven and earth to find a cure.

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  15. Cancer is a b*itch. My father, grandmother, and two aunts have passed away due to cancer. One of my aunts had cancer five times. The last time it got her. It was the bone cancer that killed her, but she also had lung cancer. Her first two bouts with cancer were breast cancer. It just kept coming back in different places. She was a trooper all the way through.

    Right now, a friend of mine from high school has a little boy who was diagnosed with a germ cell tumor in his brain over a year ago. He has undergone chemo twice and radiation once. Just recently it came back very aggressively. They have hired a hospice nurse since the doctors said that there was nothing more that could be done. My heart breaks for them. Losing adults to cancer is heartbreaking. Losing kids to it is a tragedy.

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  16. Mike's an amazing and loving care-taker and has been through more than his share of tragedy this year. Hugs to you Mike-- and prayers blanketing all of you.

    Love that you're doing this. Reading all the stories was touching and a reminder that cancer is an insidious disease.

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  17. So poignant this year. My friend of 59 years passed away last month with Breast Cancer.

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  18. Some of those comments are so inspiring, it's sad to hear their stories but there's so much bravery involved in fighting all kinds of cancer, everybody who fights it has my deepest admiration and sympathies.

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  19. Thank you, Yeamie. You said it for all of us.

    Love, support, and prayers to all who face the cancer beast. Thank you for sharing your stories. Please know that, if touched by breast cancer, or any form of cancer, you are by no means alone.

    xoRobyn

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  20. DuPont looks pretty in pink! lol

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  21. Very nice post, Robyn. So sad that so many people have had to deal with this horrible disease.

    BTW..DuPont does look very sharp in pink.

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  22. Way to go, Du Pont! This is a great cause to support.

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  23. Pink is definitely DuPont's color! It was very touching reading all of the comments. Wishing Mike's sister all the best, and everyone else who has been afflicted by this horrible disease.

    Julie

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  24. Great post. Love DuPont looking pretty in pink.

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  25. Good ol' DuPont, always doing his best to look good and helping out at the same time this time. Beautiful stories from all around.

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