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In the Pink – Part I

October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and I am doing my bit.  Because of the recurrence scare I had  and planning for YD and my trip to Christchurch I didn’t really think too much about  doing anything but the last week or so I have really been trying to figure out how best to use my time and energy to do my bit.

I went to counselling at the Cancer Society today and the counsellor is really pleased with the headspace I am now in.  One of things we discussed was because I am who I am (with my background in special needs awareness and advocacy) I feel the need to be actively involved in the same sort of thing for Breast Cancer awarenesss especially around IBC or breast changes that dont involve a lump.  I had thought on my way up to see her of popping in to the NZ Breast Cancer Foundation and she thought that was a really good idea to see if there was any other activities that I could be involved in.  I hope to be involved in the Pink Ribbon Day on Friday in someway,  but there are also other events that I am taking part in this month.  I may volunteer as a marshall for the WIMA Pink Ribbon Motorcycle Charity Ride
Auckland Branch – 11 October 2009,  I am doing the Dove Pink Star Walk  at the Auckland Domain on the 17th  and taking part in a bid to create the worlds longest conga line on the 31st at Sylvia Park.

I spoke to the events volunteer co-ordinator today at the Breast Cancer Foundation but we also talked about my willingness to get up and tell people my story and she introduced me to the communications director. I mentioned my breast cancer story for the NZ Womans Weekly and the communications director said “You’re ‘Get Out Gertrude’ aren’t you?” and I said “Yes , indeed I am” LOL – the NZBCF was one of the sponsors of the story competition I won.

The other thing I’ve decided to do is buy some tshirts from the warehouse – They in conjunction with NZBCF are selling fundraising t-shirts and most have the pink ribbon imagery on them. $5 goes to the NZBCF. Make sure you pick up yours!!

 I have decided to wear one every day when I go out of the house. So thought I better have more than the t-shirt that I am wearing in my blog header.  I wore that one today and lots of people loved it – although some people were not sure what to make of it.

the three t-shirts I picked up today from the Warehouse

the three t-shirts I picked up today from the Warehouse

 I have also ordered anothert-shirt from gotcancer.org and more pink ribbon merchandise from “the breast cancer site” which sells all sorts of pink ribbon merchandise fundraising for breast cancer support and research.

So even if I am not doing anything that is actively promoting breast cancer awareness people will still be being made aware by my tshirt or bag etc

I have my follow up with the oncologists tomorrow and I am assuming that as it has been 3 weeks since my scan they would have got in touch with me to come in sooner if anything had shown up.  I am assuming that no news is good news on that front.

I will report the outcome of my oncology visit etc in “In the Pink – part II”

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