I’m in no way tickled about anything to do with cancer but I am tickled pink about this pink’d out post for Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
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In case you’re wondering as I was about where “tickled pink” comes from and why we say it, here is the best description I came up with: “It seems that this phrase meaning to be delighted refers to the fact that when some people are really excited they literally change colour, and their skin becomes quite pink just like when they blush.” Said What
October is all about support and awareness apparently. There are so many great causes that are represented in this month. October is National Bullying Prevention Month, National Depression Education and Awareness Month, National Down Syndrome Awareness Month, National Dyslexia Awareness Month and, why I’m writing this post, Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
I haven’t had breast cancer but based on statistics, there’s a pretty good chance I will someday. I’m not going to dwell on that, of course, but I’m just being realistic. I have, however, had several people I love go through various types of cancer or journey through it with someone they love. Cancer sucks. But God is bigger.
Since October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month I wanted to do my part or at least do something.
We can’t do everything for everything,
but we can all do something for something, right?
I’ve put together a few things that hold a lot of meaning to me in regards to breast cancer. Stories, fundraisers, and just doing whatever it takes to make it through it.
Through Waters Deep
This book has meant so much to me. I’ve given away copies of it here on EPFH because I love it so much. It came to me by accident (there are no accidents in God’s world) for a media review site I write for and then I found out she was on the For the Love book launch team and I was actually going to meet her! And yes, we took a selfie. haha! I’ll spare you those details here but you can see/read more about that in our giveaway post.
If you are walking through breast cancer, have walked through breast cancer or know someone who is or has, please order this book for you or them. Get extras. It’s one of those books you will want to have on hand. I will also add that my pain and loss journey doesn’t include breast cancer but this book has spoken to me in ways I can’t describe. Breast cancer deals with pain, loss, fear, life-altering changes, survival… and so do other sorts of situations we may find ourselves in throughout life. If you know pain and loss, Erin’s words, her story, will be meaningful to you as well. Trust me on this one.
Pink Tutu Project
My friend, Lauren (you’ll meet her next) posted this recently. When I saw this I laughed and I cried. Cancer affects loved ones as well. I just love that this husband would do this for himself and for his wife. “It’s just a good story. About love. About inspiration.”
My sweet and incredibly good-hearted friend, Lauren over at For the Love of Dixie makes the most awesome t-shirts for a cause. They are typically only offered for limited times so hurry to get in on this order. These shirts come with a story, a story of survival, a story of doing something to help. They also come in tanks, tees, long sleeves and hoodies.
100% of proceeds from her #GoPink #texasstrong shirts, inspired by #breastcancer survivor Shoni Power, benefits The Breast Cancer Resource Centers of Texas_BCRC, providing support to patients and caregivers in central Texas.
Hope in the Dark
Andrew Peterson’s song, Dark Before the Dawn, from his newest album, Burning Edge of Dawn, was a must to include in this post. Nothing to do with pink but everything to do with finding hope in the storm.
“Oh, I know the wind can bring the lightning. Oh, I know the lightning brings the rain. Oh, I know the storm can be so frightening. But that same wind is gonna blow that storm away.”
I hope you have been inspired to do something, not everything, but something. If so, please let us know what that is in the comments.
“You can trust Him who is trustworthy. Though the waves threaten to swamp your boat… hold on. He who calls forth the wind is calling us out of our comfort zones and into the calm, despite the storm. Hold on. Be still. Listen. His voice is in the whirlwind.” ~Erin Shafer, Through Waters Deep
Cancer sucks. God is bigger.
Now to him who is able to do immeasurably more than all we ask or imagine, according to his power that is at work within us, to him be glory in the church and in Christ Jesus throughout all generations, for ever and ever! Amen. Ephesians 3:20-21
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