Living Out Loud

In the pink


Most of us are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness month and also that the color pink is symbolized with breast cancer. I love the color pink especially with the hope and support it generates to many of us, whether we are the fighters, the survivors or honoring a loved one who may not have their feet on the ground anymore.

I know I feel thankful when I see someone wearing a pink ribbon or a pink shirt representing breast cancer. Next month on the 19th I will be three years in remission and I feel so blessed to have seen this milestone in my life. I think of all the strong women who fought so hard in their own fight but still managed to encourage me on my journey. Candy Bustos was one of my biggest supporters and also a very dear friend. I wrote of her in the past and I still can’t help but think of her lovely smile every 19th of every month. Candy fought very, very hard and kept her sweet smile to the end. She was a woman of strong faith and family. She remains my hero, although now her cape has been replaced with wings. Candy was the “Angel flying too close to the ground” that Willie Nelson sings about in his song:

“I knew someday you would fly away

For love’s the greatest healer to be found

So leave me if you need to, I will still remember

Angel flying too close to the ground”

I wear the color pink in support of the courage and the strength that each of us whether we are fighters or survivors. We will not live in fear; we will live in the light and shine the way for those who are just starting their journey. Like the saying goes, “Feed your faith and your fears will starve to death.” I know which table my plate is on and it has a pink tablecloth.