The Pink Ribbon

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Real Estate Agent with RE/MAX Next Generation, LLC
 A handsome, middle-aged man walked quietly into the cafe and sat down. Before he ordered, he couldn't help but notice a group of younger men at the table next to him. It was obvious they were making fun of something about him, and it wasn't until he remembered he was wearing a small pink ribbon on the lapel of his suit that he became aware of what the joke was all about.

The man brushed off the reaction as ignorance, but the smirks began to get to him. He looked one of the rude men square in the eye, placed his hand beneath the ribbon and asked, quizzically, "This?" With that the men all began to laugh out loud.

The man he addressed said, as he fought back laughter, "Hey, sorry man,
but we were just commenting on how pretty your pink ribbon looks against your
blue jacket!"

The middle aged man calmly motioned for the joker to come over to his
table, and invited him to sit down. As uncomfortable as he was, the guy
obliged, not really sure why. In a soft voice, the middle aged man said,
"I wear this ribbon to bring awareness about breast cancer. I wear it in my
mother's honor."

Oh, sorry dude. She died of breast cancer?"

"No, she didn't. She's alive and well. But her breasts nourished me as an
infant, and were a soft resting place for my head when I was scared or
lonely as a little boy. I'm very grateful for my mother's breasts, and her
health."

"Umm," the stranger replied, "Yeah."

"And I wear this ribbon to honor my wife", the middle aged man went on.

"And she's okay, too?", the other guy asked.

"Oh, yes. She's fine. Her breasts have been a great source of loving
pleasure for both of us, and with them she nurtured and nourished our
beautiful daughter 23 years ago. I am grateful for my wife's breasts, and
for her health."

"Uh huh. And I guess you wear it to honor your daughter, also?"

"No. It's too late to honor my daughter by wearing it now. My daughter
died of breast cancer one month ago. She thought she was too young to have
breast cancer, so when she accidentally noticed a small lump, she ignored
it. She thought that since it wasn't painful, it must not be anything to
worry about."

Shaken and ashamed, the now sober stranger said, "Oh, man, I'm so sorry
mister."

"So, in my daughter's memory, too, I proudly wear this little ribbon,
which allows me the opportunity to enlighten others. Now, go home and talk to
your wife and your daughters, your mother and your friends."

"And here," the middle-aged man reached in his pocket and handed the other
man a little pink ribbon.

The guy looked at it, slowly raised his head and asked, "Can ya help me
put it on?"


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Man, that was quite a story. I have been working with childhood cancer for over 10 years. I could sit here and write about all of the experiences that I have had with the children and the families. Thanks alot for sharing that. I appreciate it.

Mar 13, 2008 10:57 AM #1
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Jim & Maria Hart
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Thanks for the great moving post, Lissa. I appreciate the story and hope that everyone who reads this will walk away with the respect that the young man did. All my best, Jim
Mar 13, 2008 11:23 AM #2
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What a wonderful but sad story.  My life has been touched by cancer also when my younger sister battled it several years ago.  Thanks for sharing. 

Kathy Fisher Lexington TN Realtor

Mar 13, 2008 11:24 AM #3
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Linda Futral
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Lissa thanks for sharing this.  I have not seen this story and it is a great reminder for us all.
Mar 13, 2008 11:46 AM #4
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Lissa Uder
RE/MAX Next Generation, LLC - Lebanon, MO
Your Lebanon MO Real Estate Agent

Royal: Have you considered joining the Calling All Nurses & Healthcare Professionals group? It would be a great place to share some of your stories, and we would love to hear them.

Jim: This story hits home with more people than we could possibly know.

Kathy: Hug her often, love her always!

Linda: I think in my life, I have only seen a pink ribbon on 2 men.

Mar 13, 2008 12:07 PM #5
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Steven Fishman
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Thank for sharing! you
Mar 13, 2008 01:06 PM #6
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Kathy Clulow
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Lisa - A very moving story Breast Cancer is no laughing matter. Having lost a very dear friend to breast cancer your story hit close to home for me as I am sure it will for many others.
Mar 13, 2008 06:14 PM #7
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Vickie McCartney
Maverick Realty - Owensboro, KY
Broker, Real Estate Agent Owensboro KY

Lisa that was a good story for breast cancer awareness.

Also, thanks for catching what Royal said and encouraging him to join our Calling All Nurses and Healthcare Professionals Group.  How did you highlight it and make it go to the right place? 

Mar 14, 2008 09:16 PM #8
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Vickie: After you type in the words, hightlight them. Click on the link button at the top and type in the url of whatever you're wanting to direct it to.
Mar 14, 2008 09:25 PM #9
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Lissa, a friend died this past Monday at age 50 from breast cancer. We must have those yearly exams. Thanks for sharing.
Mar 16, 2008 08:54 PM #10
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Debbie: So sorry to hear about your friend. No age is an acceptable age, but 50 is terribly young.

Yearly exams are a must. They don't always catch it though. My mother has had a mammy faithfully every year for ten years and it wasn't caught. Now it is in over 50% of her bone marrow. Pain in her hips is how it was caught and even after they diagnosed her with breast cancer, it still didn't show up on a mammogram. It can only be seen with an ultrasound or PET scan. Her Doctor thinks she has probably had it for 5 years or so. The cancer in her breast is only about the size of a dime.

Mar 17, 2008 08:48 AM #11
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Lissa, Darlen, I love you!  I just wanted to remind you of that! 

xoxoxoxoxo

lil bit

Mar 17, 2008 09:23 AM #12
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Lil'Bit: I know you do. Almost as much as chocolate! And I love you almost as much as coffee!

It's nice to see you finally got some quiet time to play in the rain.

Mar 17, 2008 09:29 AM #13
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Carol Lee
Dilbeck Real Estate - Oak Park, CA
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes

Lissa- What a moving post!  My mother died of breast cancer when she was 49, I was 18 years old.  The year I was 49 I did the Avon walk for Breast  Cancer in her honor, and was pleased to raise $7000.  I annoyed the cr*p out of people until they donated!

Having lost my mom in my teens has certainly affected how I parent!!

Mar 21, 2008 11:40 AM #14
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Carol: I'm so sorry! I can only imagine how difficult that must have been on a young woman.

$7000 is quite a chunk. I'm so happy to hear that you are proactive in the fight!

I hope you are regular with the checkups and mammograms. Cancer can be genetic. My mother is #3 out of 4 daughters with cancer in her family.

Mar 21, 2008 12:39 PM #15
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Carol Lee
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LISA- Thanks for the concern- I have been getting regular checks since my mid 30's.  And it may sound strange, but I don't think my mother's cancer was genetic, though she was an only child, and we will never know.  I think it was more an energy thing, and she had issues with her feminine self, and I won't go into why I think that here.  I plan on living to a ripe old age, if nothing else, just to bug my husband and kids!!
Mar 21, 2008 12:58 PM #16
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Carol: I can't think of a better reason to live healthy!
Mar 21, 2008 01:01 PM #17
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Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company - Columbia, SC
Thanks for the post. I lost my grandmother to breast cancer many years ago and my mother this past summer to ovarian cancer. This fight is something I am very proactive on.
Mar 22, 2008 05:02 AM #18
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Laura: I'm sorry to hear that. I'm glad you're proactive. You also get regular checkups, right?
Mar 22, 2008 06:03 AM #19
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