Each year after October has passed and all of the pink has been stashed for away, I can’t help but do a reassessment of all that I saw and did and what it means for the year to come in the world of breast cancer. And while some of the negative comments and stories will always surface, I personally found that this year is different than any of the others that I have experienced in the past. But let me explain.
“While you may never see the immediate results of your contribution of time, money, effort and/or support, please know that you have touched so many more people on so many more levels than you think.“Barbara Jacoby
I am constantly reviewing the headlines on a daily basis for what is going on in the world of breast cancer all year long and this is the first year that I did not find a single article where someone was taking shots at other fund raising efforts nor did I see the usual amount of nasty commentary about the motivation of those who were working so hard to make a difference. Perhaps it was there but I was fortunate enough to not see any of it. Rather I have seen an outpouring of love and support and respect and hope and prayer for all of those who have, are, or will be dealing with this disease.
In addition, there were several collegiate fund-raising programs of which I was apprised and I was so glad to lend my support to the efforts of our young people who were taking time from their studies to help and support their family members and each other along with the efforts being undertaken at their institutions in the field of research that will hopefully lead to the answers that everyone is seeking so that the future of the young people in this country may never have to know the reality of this disease as we presently know it.
So I just want to say thank you to every single person who did anything to help or support any initiative or individual who lives in the world of breast cancer. You most likely don’t realize that what you have done makes a difference so far above and beyond anything you might imagine. While you may never see the immediate results of your contribution of time, money, effort and/or support, please know that you have touched so many more people on so many more levels than you think. For that, we are all eternally grateful.
Barbara Jacoby is an award winning blogger that has contributed her writings to multiple online publications that have touched readers worldwide.