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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Lissa Uder
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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.

March 21, 2008 12:39 PM
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Carol Lee
Realtor - Agoura, Oak Park, Westlake CA Homes
Dilbeck Real Estate
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!!
March 21, 2008 12:58 PM
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Lissa Uder
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Carol: I can't think of a better reason to live healthy!
March 21, 2008 01:01 PM
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Chip Jefferson
Gibbs Realty and Auction Company
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.
March 22, 2008 05:02 AM
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Laura: I'm sorry to hear that. I'm glad you're proactive. You also get regular checkups, right?
March 22, 2008 06:03 AM
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