Last summer, I had the kind of phone conversation with a very good friend that should have begun with the phrase, “Are you sitting down?” When she said the words, “I have breast cancer” I scrambled for a chair and sunk into it, but I couldn't think of any words to say.
She has since had surgery and a full course of chemotherapy. I have tried to be supportive and helpful. However, to be truthful, I have probably gained more from her than she has from me. I have been in awe, as I've watched her confront this diagnosis with grace, courage, confidence, and humor. During one long chemotherapy treatment, I helped her pick out a hat from a selection of free ones available for patients. We dissolved in a fit of giggles, and we agreed that her features are much better suited to “chemo-style” than mine!
I'm unsure as to whether I could live up to the example my friend has set, but I hope that some of her strength and positive attitude has rubbed off on me. We went out to breakfast this month to celebrate the end of her chemotherapy treatments. “This course is run, and she is on her way.” Absolutely!
My "Saturday Spotlight" this week not only shines upon that bell, but upon an amazing man and his pink tutu.
If you want to learn more about The Pink Tutu project, just click here.
The Pink Tutu project is described perfectly at the end of the video by Linda, the man's wife, "It's just a good story - about love, about inspiration." The idea for the pink tutu photos was born when Linda was diagnosed with cancer, and Bob wanted to make his wife laugh. The Pink Tutu project raises awareness for breast cancer, and promote lightheartedness laughter amongst women suffering from cancer.
My friend has some experience with tutus. I'm pretty sure she would approve of this one.
The Pink Tutu shop website has a gallery of pink tutu photos that have been taken. I think I like the Bloomingdales one best.
Which pink tutu photo is your favorite?