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Unread 11-02-2001, 09:28 PM
Breast Cancer Awareness

Hi All! I wanted to share this with all of my wonderful sisters...because I care about you all and I am selfish...I want you around as long as possible!!!!


Breast Cancer Awareness
A handsome, middle-aged man walked quietly into the cafe and sat
Before he ordered, he couldn't help but notice a group of younger
men at the table next to him. It was obvious they were making fun of
something about him, and it wasn't until he remembered he was wearing a
small pink ribbon on the lapel of his suit that he became aware of what the
joke was all about.
The man brushed off the reaction as ignorance, but the smirks
began to get to him. He looked one of the rude men square in the
eye, placed his hand beneath the ribbon and asked, quizzically, "This?"
With that the men all began to laugh out loud.

The man he addressed said, as he fought back laughter, "Hey, sorry
man, but we were just commenting on how pretty your little ribbon looks
against your blue jacket!"

The middle aged man calmly motioned for the joker to come over to
his table, and invited him to sit down. As uncomfortable as he was,
the guy obliged, not really sure why.

In a soft voice, the middle aged man said, "I wear this ribbon to
bring awareness about breast cancer. I wear it in my mother's honor."

Oh, sorry dude. She died of breast cancer?"

"No, she didn't. She's alive and well. But her breasts nourished
me as an infant, and were a soft resting place for my head when I was
scared or lonely as a little boy. I'm very grateful for my mother's breasts,
and her health."

"Umm," the stranger replied, "Yeah."

"And I wear this ribbon to honor my wife," the middle aged man
went on.

"And she's okay, too?", the other guy asked.

"Oh, yes. She's fine. Her breasts have been a great source of
loving pleasure for both of us, and with them she nurtured and nourished
our beautiful daughter 23 years ago. I am grateful for my wife's
breasts, and for her health."

"Uh huh. And I guess you wear it to honor your daughter, also?"

"No. It's too late to honor my daughter by wearing it now. My
daughter died of breast cancer one month ago. She thought she was too young
to have breast cancer, so when she accidentally noticed a small lump, she
ignored it. She thought that since it wasn't painful, it must not be
anything to worry about."

Shaken and ashamed, the now sober stranger said, "Oh, man, I'm so
sorry mister".

"So, in my daughter's memory, too, I proudly wear this little
ribbon, which allows me the opportunity to enlighten others. Now, go home
and talk to your wife and your daughters, your mother and your friends."

And here the middle-aged man reached in his pocket and handed the
other man a little pink ribbon.

The guy looked at it, slowly raised his head and asked, "Can ya'
help me put it on?"

This is breast cancer awareness month. Do regular breast
self-exams and have annual mammograms if you are a woman over the age of 40. Encourage those women you love to do the same.

Please send this on to anyone you would like to remind of the
importance of breast cancer awareness. (I just did!)

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Unread 11-05-2001, 05:58 PM
Breast Cancer Awareness

Good story! Amazing how the macho in most men will diminish when something hits home for them. Thanks for posting this!

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