This is the one pink garden portrait that did not come from my day trip to Park Seed/Wayside Gardens. This shade-loving panicle was discovered growing back in the woods. I’d seen the plant it came from many times before, and frankly, do not find it attractive. It looks like the kind of thing that would thrive absolutely anywhere — but oh, so ugly, with big, dark, leathery leaves and every part of the plant looking too sharp or too rough.
So that this beautiful, delicate flower structure was a total surprise, arising as it did in late September. Talk about a late bloomer!
That is, of course, why breast cancer is so terrifying, and so sad. With every life it takes, we’re left to wonder what blossoming the world has been deprived of.
We need to find a cure; don’t we?
Thanks for joining me for a month of pink Thursday posts in honor of National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Whoa. This post turned out so bright* that even I don’t want to spend much time looking at it.
Don’t worry. I’m urging you to go somewhere else instead. And quickly!
When was the last time you gave yourself a breast self-examination? If you need some guidance, click that link back there, which will take you to the thorough instructions, with diagrams, at breastcancer.org. If you’re male, this may include you, and here’s the guidelines to which you’d refer.
If you’d like some more information, such as why and how often you should do the self-exam, you can check out this FAQ.
If you’ve already done your breast self-exam for the month, you can always check out this exciting post.
Now hurry, save your eyes!
*It’s a gorgeous photograph when printed. But the background color for the blog is chosen by the wordpress theme and not by yours truly, and clearly a computer program — not having eyes or headaches — can’t recognize the unpleasant sensation caused by an overload of hot pink.
Yep, it’s that time again. Pink Thursday, just a gentle — and in this case beautiful — reminder that it’s National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
If you haven’t done so already, please check out this Pink Thursday blog post, which is also beautiful in its honesty and depth, wisdom and peace. Her story made me think of this quote, one of my all-time favorites, from Eleanor Roosevelt:
“You gain strength, courage and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face.”