I look forward to the day when breast cancer is so rare and insignificant that it doesn’t need even an awareness minute, much less a whole month! Until then, we have Breast Cancer Awareness Month in October.
But what I do love about Breast Cancer Awareness Month is the way the community comes together with so many great, inspiring events and Survivor Celebrations.
I’ve had the pleasure of attending lots of Survivor Celebrations – I love them! They build community, give great honor to people who have been through or are going through bc, and make us feel less alone with all the ups and downs of the cancer experience. Sharing our stories and ideas, sharing strength, sharing love and life. These events give me a real feeling of connection and support.
And the events are also just flat out fun! (‘Cancer’ and ‘fun’ in the same sentence???) Often the Survivor Celebration planning committee arranges some kind of entertainment or live performer – (I’ve seen speakers, singers, dancers, poets – even a cancer juggler!), and it’s so inspiring to see how someone turns a rotten experience into a work of art. That gives me hope that there is not just life, but also beauty in the midst of a difficult challenge like cancer.
That’s also been my experience as a live performer myself at Breast Cancer Awareness Month events – that I am not just providing special entertainment, but also honoring and supporting the community of survivors, opening our hearts together so that we can all thrive.
So, until we’re down to just a Breast Cancer Awareness ‘Minute’, I’ll look forward to both watching and providing great cancer related entertainment in October.