10.23.2011

Raising awareness...one pink lipstick at a time.




I'm sure you guys all know by now that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and this post is not meant to lecture you on the details of breast cancer or to pressure you to donate to finding a cure if you don't want to - it's simply meant to raise awareness by sharing my story.

About four years ago, I remember sitting in my apartment studying when I received a call from my mom. My mom and I talk every few days, and every phone call starts off with the usual, "How was your day?", "What did you do today?", "Did you eat lunch yet?" (so basically, the typical mom-checking-up-on-daughter-who's-away-at-college questions) - and this phone call was no different.

Then, I remember her pausing for a short while before asking me, "Are you going anywhere right now?" to which I answered "No....why?" She had just found out she had breast cancer.

I remember not thinking anything for a few moments immediately after she broke the news to me. My mom is a very emotional person, and I think the fact that she sounded so calm and collected on the phone confused me. I broke down in tears while incoherently mumbling questions like, "When?" (When did you find out?), "How?" (How did you find out?), "Do you have to get chemo?", and "What happens now?" As soon as I got off the phone with her, I realized that I couldn't recall any of the answers she gave me to any of my questions because all I could think about was that my mom had cancerConsidering all of the things my mom had gone through and was going through at that point in her life, I couldn't get over how unfair it was that she had to now deal with cancer too.

 When I'm going through tough times, I always try to remind myself that what doesn't kill me will only make me stronger, and to remember to be grateful for what I have (rather than focus on what I don't have) because things could always be worse. I force myself to deal with adversity because I know that I can. But this wasn't happening to me - it was happening to my mom, and there was nothing I could do about it. I felt so helpless it was almost unbearable. My poor mom had given up so much for me and worked her ass off for everything our family had, and all I knew was that my mom certainly did not deserve this. No one does.

My mom had a mastectomy to remove the malignant tumor a few weeks after her diagnosis. She was extremely fortunate in that she didn't have to undergo chemotherapy or radiation, and she has been in remission since 2007. Since her battle with cancer, three of my aunts (two on my mom's side and one on my dad's side) were also diagnosed with breast cancer. They are also now survivors.

As unfortunate and terrifying as it is to have so many women in my immediate family be affected by breast cancer, I consider myself and my family extremely lucky because we're all survivors. But, until a cure (not just treatment) is found, no one's battle with this disease can truly be won.

As a tribute to all who have been affected by breast cancer, I'm posting a FOTD and OOTD using the only color that can truly be appropriate for this occasion - PINK!



Face:
Bourjois Healthy Mix Serum Foundation in #53
Sonia Kashuk Hidden Agenda Concealer Palette
Dior Sculpt Lifting Smoothing Concealer in 002 Beige
Maybelline Dream Matte Powder in Sand
MAC Blushcreme in Ladyblush
Benefit Bella Bamba

Eyes:
MUFE Aqua Cream in #16
17 All About Nude Summer Palette (pink and brown eyeshadows)
MAC Pigment in Melon
MAC e/s in Phloof!
MAC Eye Kohl in Teddy
Prestige My Blackest Lashes Mascara

Lips:
NYX l/s in Fig




Top: Old Navy
Hot Pink Cords: Gap
Leopard Flats: Banana Republic


I hope my post wasn't too sad for any of you, because it's really not meant to be a sob or pity story for me or my family. Breast cancer has affected me in more ways than one, and I just want you to know that if it has affected you as well, you are not alone. Of course it was extremely difficult for my family at the time, but what matters to me is that my mom is in great health now...what still kills me, though, is knowing that so many people continue to suffer, and many will lose their fight with this disease. If my story gives you even an ounce of hope or makes you feel curious enough to simply click on the link below to read more about finding a cure for breast cancer, then I'm happy. Thanks for reading :)

To learn more about breast cancer, the research, how to donate, find support or share your story, go to Susan G. Komen for the Cure.


21 comments:

  1. That's a beautiful story, different from the posts you usually do. I have to say selfish me didn't pay as much attention as she should on this topic, but I'm grateful that I stumbled on this article. Thank you  for the reminder, and be strong=)

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  2. I'm so sorry Tiffany, that sounds terrifying. I'm glad your mum and family made it through *hugs* cute lipstick and pants! :)

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  3. Aaw, Tiffany, such a lovely post. Firstly, I am really sad to hear that your mum and aunts have had to go through breast cancer. Secondly, and more importantly I'm very pleased to hear they have all recovered. Noone in my family has had breast cancer (touch wood and all that), but as a mum of 3 young children it is one of my fears that I will get cancer, and I think even hearing other people's stories affect us in some way and certainly makes us more aware of changes in our bodies. Just want to wish you and your family the best of health and thank you for this great post! PS. You look lovely as ever. :)

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  4. Great post! thanks for sharing!

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  5. Beautiful story! My mom had breast cancer too, but it was way before I was born, so I don't really have the memories of it that you do. PS I love your pink cords :D

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  6. Thanks you for being brave enough to share this with your readers. Your FOTD and  OOTD are lovely.

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  7. Great post, Tiffany! Thank you for sharing your story. I also love Fig on you - just gorgeous.

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  8. such a great and inspiring post Tiffany. glad to have read your mom wasn't a victim of breast cancer but a survivor. i'm hoping that she'll forever stay in remission and the Big ugly C doesn't come back. like you my family has a breast cancer history. i have 2 aunts that died from it and what's scary i'm at risk of getting it to just becuase i had a history of it in my family. i guess what's best for me and you is that we maintain a healthy lifestyle by eating the rigt foods and staying active - not that it'll be easy but i'd rather give up Big Mac than my life. :) have a fab day Tiffany. :)

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  9. You look so amazing in this post :) 
    I'm happy your mom is in remission, cancer is scary and as a survivor myself I know what she is going through. I'll say a prayer for her.

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  10. Such a great post! Love the look! So happy for you and your mom!!! 

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  11. I love this post. Glad to see you pop up from time to to time. =] Breast Cancer Awareness!

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  12. Hugs, Tiffany! You look so gorgeous, by the way :) I love those adorable pink cords and your necklace is so cute, too!

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  13. Great post! im glad ur mom and aunts survived  B cancer!



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  14. you look wonderful. i love this lipstick on you. the hot pink cords are so cute! i love the way you wore them. thank you for sharing your story, im so glad your mother is a survivor!!

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  15. Wow, thank you for sharing your mom's story. I am sure that was a very difficult time for both of you and I am glad that your family is full of survivors!
    You look absolutely gorgeous! Fig is amazing on you and so are the hot pink cords!!!! 

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  16. I wish that there was a cure for breast cancer already, and I'm sorry your family had to deal with it, but I'm grateful they are survivors!
    You look absolutely lovely!

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  17. oh i miss ur wonderful posts!!! u look like u are doing well while rocking the pink pants, lips and awesome flats!!

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  18. Im glad your family survived! You look absolutely gorgeous in those hot pink cords - xoxo

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  19. thanks for sharing your story, my mom had it as well. she is doing great now. love the FOTD! xo

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  20. Loved reading your mom's story, thanks for sharing it with us Tiffany. I'm so happy to know your mom and aunts are survivors in good health now. My grandma is also a survivor, I know how hard those times are. You look gorgeous as always, the pink cords and Fig lipstick are just beautiful! Hope you're doing well <3

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  21. Such an inspiring post Tifanny!  This is very close to home for me, I lost a dear friend to cancer last year and it was very very hard. It wasnt breast cancer but nonetheless, the disease on a whole is very scary. It can shake someone's world and the people around them. I admire people who have gone through or is going through it, how strong they are at fighting the disease.Your mum is a brave woman and she should be proud to have such a courage.

    Thank you for featuring my necklace in this very inspiring and refreshing post :) You look stunning in pink!

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