In case you missed the pink memo, October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. This is always a conflicting time for me. Even before I was diagnosed with breast cancer, the pink frenzy of October sent me into a tailspin. While I will always be an advocate of raising awareness, the flurry of fashion, foodie, and fitness fetes all benefiting breast cancer started to feel a little overwhelming.
So when I was diagnosed in 2013, this internal conflict was brought forth in a new light. Here I was, a direct beneficiary of all of this heightened awareness and beyond grateful for that. What got me was the celebratory nature, though—it was a disconnect, but I didn't make much of it because I was in survival mode. Over the last few years, my connection to October has shifted. Last year I articulated "5 Ways to Mindfully Honor Breast Cancer Month," and this year my attitude continues to evolve.