I’ve been meaning to do this post all month. Most people are aware that October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, but a lot of people don’t know that it’s also Depression Awareness Month, which is symbolized by a green ribbon.
Both of my grandmothers had breast cancer. One of them is a survivor. My other grandmother received treatments for her breast cancer, but they didn’t get rid of all of it and it spread to her lungs and killed her.
Please remember to do your monthly self-exams. And if you’re over a certain age, please don’t put off having your mammograms.
I think I’m going to give this card to my surviving grandmother, since she’s a bit attached to anything with a pink ribbon on it.
On to the next card. Most people know someone who suffers from depression, whether they realize it or not. I myself have struggled with it. One of my friends killed herself. Multiple others have attempted it. People who have never been through these kinds of things often struggle to understand the how and why of it all. Well, honestly, I don’t expect people to understand completely. But what I do appreciate is a non-judging ear. Someone who is quick to listen, but not quick to dismiss my feelings as trivial. And if I don’t feel like talking, just knowing that someone is there for me, and that they really do need me in their life helps a lot. Just some personal feelings of my own.
Please, tell the people you love that you love them. Make sure they know that you are glad to have them in your life, that they really are needed.
Thanks for taking the time to read this post, it means a lot to me.