Friday, October 1, 2010

Breasts-Posting in Pink

I love breasts. In a respectful, non-ogling and tactile adoration-with-permission-only kind of way. But healthy breasts are best and to that end, when Mrs. Blandings reminds me that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, I’m only too happy to Post Pink…again. Mrs. Blandings says it best right here….

“October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Talk to your doctor to make sure you are doing all you can to detect breast cancer as early as possible. Early detection greatly increases your chances of surviving breast cancer. While you are at it, forward this to your best friend or wife or sister to make sure she is doing the same. For more information on screening, treatment and donating please contact the National Cancer Institute and the Susan G. Komen Foundation.”
Pink…I kinda view pink the same way I do Belgian shoes and slippers. You shouldn’t wear anything that if even for a moment during the day, you are tentative or self conscious about having it on. Skip it. You’ll be pegged as a poseur or some other entity with dubious intent. Style as opposed to fashion, is all about confidence. Wear it with aplomb or leave it for those of us who can. It takes a hell of a man to wear pink.
Pink cashmere turtleneck sweater-pink cable knit crewneck cashmere sweater-pink dress shirts in a variety of contrivances-lots of pink socks-pink present pocket squares in silk and linen-pink martini shorts-pink gingham-pink LaCoste-pink-pink-pink-pink-pink- pink-pink-pink-pink-pink- pink-pink-pink-pink-pink….Strap it on like a man and wear it year around. I’ll even wear a hint of it to client meetings.
Look at the little pink clogs that LFG has on in the photo above. The picture was taken in June of 2004 by my client and friend Cristina. Cristina died in June of 2005 after a courageous battle with breast cancer. She’d yet to see her fortieth birthday.  I’d prefer not to get any more emails like the one below. I keep this one in my In-Box and read it every week to keep me focused on my blessings. 

From: R____, Cristina
Sent: Tuesday, March 22, 2005 2:06 PM
Subject: Hey
"I wanted to keep you up to date on my cancer. I had a PET Scan and brain MRI. The brain lesions went down but are still positive. My cancer has spread to the leftaxillary lymph nodes and the nodes under my left clavicle as well as the ones in the mediastinum. : (   We are running out of regimines, I think there are only two left. Hope all is well."

I think that you can still click here and help underwrite, with just a click, a mammogram.
Onward-In Pink-Loving breasts and the incredible women attached to them.



Mrs. Blandings said...

Loving your support right back. Thanks.

Gail, in northern California said...

Bless your heart. You're a luv.

I have a dear friend going through the hell that is cancer. Detected early, we are very hopeful. In her 40's.....

Young Fogey said...

Pink--oh yeah, baby. Pink shirts are a staple! Pink ties--I only have one (hard to find acceptable ones), but I have a couple others with pink in them. Pink sweaters--I've got a doozy lambswool cableknit in raspberry (or possibly fuchsia). Used to have more. Pink socks--used to have a lot, now I'm down to none, but have my eyes peeled. Pink pocket squares--check!

My daughter started demanding pink clothes at about 18 months, and has never let up. Sure, she sneaks in some other colors now and then, but she's Little Miss Pink.

Breast cancer--important to get checked. Ladies, if you can't do it for yourselves, do it for those who love you.

Anonymous said...

Living with it. Thank you.

Anonymous English Female said...

ADG - This is a great piece, but why did you leave out a picture of your pink thong?

Patsy said...

Keep in mind that, while rare, men can get breast cancer too! We have a male survivor speak at our Boston Race for the Cure every year.

ADG said...


AnonEng...if you keep picking on me, I'm gonna tell everyone about that night when.....

Anoymous...I am glad that you are LIVING with it.

YoungFogey...indeed...on all points. And I'm doing breast exams all day today in my office.

Gail...indeed. I dated a woman several years ago who was a breast cancer survivor. she had these little pin-dot tattoos on her sternum ... permanent reminders of the radiation focus points during her treatment.

Mrs. pleasure. Plus, you and a couple of other gal bloggers...LPC (Prunella) and MegTown of PigTown Design...I fear not doing what any of you may ask of me.

katiedid said...

Here from Mrs. Blandings....and I now have a knot in my throught after the letter. Glad to know you and I will be back!

Suburban Princess said...

Great post! Thank you for keeping this in the front of peoples' minds. If a man can do nothing else he can wear pink to show his support.

Chuck Hatt said...

As a wearer of pink and a lover of those which my wife and I affectionately call "the girls" I want to say thank you for the winsome post ADG.

Main Line Sportsman said...

Fresh out of Law School I worked in a mBig firm. One of the senior associates was a lovely young woman who battled brest cancer and passed far too young...tragic. So I am hip to this topic..and love a pink oxford...always get compliments from the ladies when sporting same.
I also love the new bumper stickers: Save the "Ta-Tas"

NCJack said...

My Mom was a breast cancer survivor, so this is always a charity close to me.

I also still have that Carly album.

Curt McAdams said...

Nice post. I've always felt that two types of men can wear pink. I fall in the category of being man enough to not care what people think of my pink. The fact that it also gets to be used to show support for a great cause only makes it better.