Ribbons and prose, part one

We interrupt our regularly scheduled angst-fest to bring you something more serious.

October is a month of many awesome things– foliage, pumpkins, apple cider. But did you know October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, too? If not, you do now.

I never really worried much about checking for breast cancer. It seemed like a disease other women get, other people deal with, other families suffer through. That is, until my dear friend and co-worker Annie was diagnosed with the disease back in 2003. She went through rounds of chemo, radiation, remission and regression until she finally lost the battle in February of this year.

Annie was an inspiration to me in so many ways. She was one of the kindest, most grounded and most creative people I’ve ever had the pleasure of knowing. She could either be the life of the party and light up the room, or she was just as content sitting to the side and observing our quirky behavior. She taught me patience, she taught me strength, and most of all, she taught us– the friends she left behind– how to view life’s treasures and tragedies from a bigger viewpoint than just ourselves.

For Annie, and for everyone who’s been touched by this disease, I just ask that you tell the loved ones in your life to get that mammogram they’ve been putting off. To check themselves in the shower. To donate to places like Komen and the American Cancer Society. To be supportive and positive when faced with a diagnosis. The more people that understand this disease, the better position we are in to fight it.

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