Thursday, October 27, 2011

October Color

I love October. The relief of escaping summer without dessication. In October we take our first  breaths since May.  It's a good time to be alive.

Enjoying early October story research.-------->

October used to be an orange and black month, now it's pink.  Everywhere. On everything.  Pink isn't my favorite color but I love it in October.  

In September 1996 I walked into a bookstore looking for a book on breast cancer and treatment.  The woman at the front desk asked if she could help me.  

I opened my mouth and nothing came out.  Finally, "Could you direct me to the (long pause) women's illness section?"  

I couldn't say the words 'breast cancer'.  Maybe I could have, if the request had been for someone else, if I hadn't been the one with a hard lump in my breast. 

Pink wasn't a big deal in those days.  Yes there were fund-raising walks in a few cities.  And pink ribbons in the chemo ward.  But outside of cancer sisters and their families, the disease and the women it had invaded were invisible.

Today, pink is everywhere and no one is ashamed to admit she has breast cancer.  Breast cancer deaths have declined.  It's not a coincidence.  

Fifteen years later, I love pink in October.

Two weeks after the surgery, Denny and I married on the dock behind our home.  He nurtured me during that hard year, and still does. 

Copyright 2009-2011 Kathleen Scott, for Hill Country Mysteries. Unauthorized reproduction is prohibited.


  1. Wishing you joy, blessings and continued good health:)

  2. I'm wishing you continued good health, too.

    That photo of you is darling!

    As an aside, my dear writing mentor, Barbara Abercrombie wrote a book about her own bout with breast cancer and I remember that she, too, married around the same time as she received her diagnosis!

  3. Wow - thanks for sharing that. Gives us guys something to aspire to, as well...

  4. You are an inspiration, a comfort, and a beauty!

  5. Thanks for sharing your story.

    (BTW, my son's soccer team wore pink armbands during a game earlier this month.)


  6. You are so blessed. I have friends who are with it now, and some already left. A very close friend just left in June and her youngest is still 15 years old. God bless and take care. Positive attitude, exercise and less stress will be a big help. Keep laughing!

  7. You have such an affirming positive attitude. It is instructive to read that your approach is not a reaction to a life without challenges.... I for one am another person happier to have a world with you in it. Enjoying PINK for all the right reasons....

  8. I too wish you continued good health.

    My niece and her husband are coming this weekend to visit. She's coming up on her nine year anniversary of being diagnosed with breast cancer.
    She's doing good now.

    So many friends and family have had that dreaded diagnosis. Almost all, after a clean mammogram report. They found it themselves. We have to remember that, and check ourselves every month.

    Orange is one of my favorite colors...especially the burnt version. But, pink in October is a very good color, too.

    Stay have a lot going for you.

    Happy belated anniversary, on both counts. Many more to come.

  9. I love that you love pink and told us why.

  10. Out attitude to health was one of those things that required changing and not just breast cancer.
    But what I'm not so sure about these days are those tests one can do which predicts the advent of the cancer. These tasts, are they like leaving your drive with a motorcar where you could very well have a crash by dint of you driving. Or are they vastly more certain of the outcomes.

  11. Wishing you many years of love and health. x0 N2

  12. Hi Kathleen,
    Yes, October let's us breathe more easily again, and I'm happy about it. As to October colours: they can be lovely, but I surely wish the leaves weren't colouring just from lack of rain. Still, I really enjoy the season's change.
    Thank you, fpr sharing your story, and I wish you - and your husband - continued happiness and, most of all, continued good health.
    Best regards from KC, and have a great Sunday,

  13. What a fantastic post, and another great reason to love the coming of autumn!

  14. Here's to all of fall's beautiful colors! Happy anniversary!

  15. I love you and am so grateful for your recovery. I really enjoyed the photo of you and Denny. You are one of my favorite couples.



  16. I loved everything...sniff...about...sniff sniff...this post!


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