You know how I feel about cancer. I f$@*ing hate cancer. I can almost guarantee you feel the same way. I bet it would be close to impossible to find anybody whose life hasn't been impacted in some way by this awful disease. For me, it was losing my aunt Bev. She was an amazing woman, one of my favorite people on the planet. And she fought the good fight. She was a true warrior.
Bev was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1994 (the year I got married). She had a double mastectomy and got saline implants. She never wore a bra after she got her fake boobs, and liked to remind me that, "you know, I don't even have to WEAR a bra!". She would lift her shirt and show the girls to you if you asked (and maybe even if you didn't). She went through chemo, lost her hair, and wore a "big hair" wig (or a baseball hat, never both) and she remained amazing throughout. She beat cancer then, and went right back to being the most amazing woman. She was our neighbor and "Nana" to Grace and Camden. In October 2007 she was diagnosed again. This time with cancer of unknown origin, which means that it had metastasized (spread) but the doctors didn't know from where. (They did not think it originated from her breast cancer). They gave her 3-6 months to live, but she fought it again. She went through chemo again, and daily radiation, and numerous surgeries and a couple of hospital stays. Through it all she was a pillar of strength, and an inspiration to the rest of us. I joined her at her doctor appointments, went with her to chemo. She always insisted she didn't need me to, but can you imagine? She beat the odds and lived another 15 months, until February 2, 2009. Until the day she died she was a "Model of Courage".
She was really a fantastic woman. She was funny, (sometimes on purpose, and sometimes not), my neighbor, my friend, my aunt, my shopping buddy (she liked shoes and purses as much as I do)! She loved me lots, and I felt it. There are days that it hits me like a ton of bricks that she's not here anymore. I really do miss her.
The Ford Warriors in Pink campaign is near and dear to my heart because of my aunt. This campaign is designed to recognize the strength and courage it takes to deal with the everyday challenges of fighting breast cancer. I witnessed what these breast cancer "warriors" have to go through, and it is no easy feat. These women (and men) are "Models of Courage".
This October, Ford Warriors in Pink® has launched its
first ever produced documentary, “Bang the Drum: Living Out Loud in the
Face of Breast Cancer.” The film honors 11 men and women breast cancer
survivors who have demonstrated strength and courage in their battle
with its “Models of Courage” program.
2012 marks Ford Motor Company’s
18th year of support for the breast cancer cause. In that time, Ford has
dedicated more than $115 million to the breast cancer cause.
You too can get involved in this tremendously worthy program! When you buy Ford Warriors in Pink apparel at fordcares.com, 100 percent of the net proceeds go directly to support breast cancer awareness all year long.
Beautiful Dreamer PJ pants, from the Ford Warriors in Pink collection, because I know my aunt would have LOVED them and that makes me love them.
To keep connected, be sure to check out Ford Warriors in Pink on Facebook and follow @WarriorsinPink on Twitter.
This is a sponsored post written by me on behalf of Ford Warriors in Pink. The opinions and text are all mine.