This Month Is For The Women

This Month Is For The Women

October marks one month dedicated to breast cancer awareness and this recognition is one of the most prominent involving cancer awareness. Whether you personally know someone or not who has battled through or is battling breast cancer it is important to give awareness to this cause.

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1 out of 8 women battle breast cancer.

Sadly, it is so common now to personally know several women that have been diagnosed with breast cancer. Whether it was an easier path for them or a more difficult one, I always came to this month of October and prayed for the women out there that have been given this terrible hand. Selfishly, I was always so thankful I never had a family member go through something so unfair and that recently all changed.

This past September my mom told me she was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I came home from college for a weekend needing some family time and was so thankful I took the drive home. I will never forget when she sat my sister and I down and told us that she went in for her routine check-up and received a call to go back and do further testing. She is diagnosed with Stage 1 Breast Cancer. Luckily, it was caught very quickly. I remember crying and having a really hard time knowing I had to leave my mom while she would be battling something so personal. She asked us to pray every night and keep our heads up high knowing that it would be difficult but she would be okay. My mom's surgery is coming up at the end of this October and I couldn't be more proud of the way she has handled the stress of this news. She has balanced work and travel and her family and now breast cancer. This entire month of October I have been in awe of my mom and other women that are in her same situation. These women deal with such unfortunate circumstances and still go on each day with such grace and strength.

We have some of the greatest role models in the world standing right in front of us.

I am so fortunate enough to have a mom like mine who has shown me with her own two hands how to fight for what she wants and what she believes in. This month of October should be celebrated for every woman out there that has worked so hard to get where they are today, become a mother, hold families together, and continue to grow as an individual.

October marks one month dedicated to breast cancer awareness and this recognition is one of the most prominent involving cancer awareness. Whether you personally know someone or not who has battled through or is battling breast cancer it is important to give awareness to this cause. Wearing pink, joining a team to walk and raising money are all ways to start spreading awareness to further research and hopefully, one day decrease the chances of women young and old battling this. There are hundreds of companies you can research that support the month of October and give all the proceeds to breast cancer research foundations like beauty companies, clothing brands, restaurants and more - do the research and dip into ways you can help out.

Saying I am proud of my mom is an understatement. I am beyond proud and thankful. This month is truly for all the women out there who have had this ongoing battle of something they cannot control. There are some strong fighters out there and my mom is one of them.









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I'm The Girl Who'd Rather Raise A Family Than A Feminist Protest Sign

You raise your protest picket signs and I’ll raise my white picket fence.
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Social Media feeds are constantly filled with quotes on women's rights, protests with mobs of women, and an array of cleverly worded picket signs.

Good for them, standing up for their beliefs and opinions. Will I be joining my tight-knit family of the same gender?

Nope, no thank you.

Don't get me wrong, I am not going to be oblivious to my history and the advancements that women have fought to achieve. I am aware that the strides made by many women before me have provided us with voting rights, a voice, equality, and equal pay in the workforce.

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For that, I am deeply thankful. But at this day in age, I know more female managers in the workforce than male. I know more women in business than men. I know more female students in STEM programs than male students. So what’s with all the hype? We are girl bosses, we can run the world, we don’t need to fight the system anymore.

Please stop.

Because it is insulting to the rest of us girls who are okay with being homemakers, wives, or stay-at-home moms. It's dividing our sisterhood, and it needs to stop.

All these protests and strong statements make us feel like now we HAVE to obtain a power position in our career. It's our rightful duty to our sisters. And if we do not, we are a disappointment to the gender and it makes us look weak.

Weak to the point where I feel ashamed to say to a friend “I want to be a stay at home mom someday.” Then have them look at me like I must have been brain-washed by a man because that can be the only explanation. I'm tired of feeling belittled for being a traditionalist.

Why?

Because why should I feel bad for wanting to create a comfortable home for my future family, cooking for my husband, being a soccer mom, keeping my house tidy? Because honestly, I cannot wait.

I will have no problem taking my future husband’s last name, and following his lead.

The Bible appoints men to be the head of a family, and for wives to submit to their husbands. (This can be interpreted in so many ways, so don't get your panties in a bunch at the word “submit”). God specifically made women to be gentle and caring, and we should not be afraid to embrace that. God created men to be leaders with the strength to carry the weight of a family.

However, in no way does this mean that the roles cannot be flipped. If you want to take on the responsibility, by all means, you go girl. But for me personally? I'm sensitive, I cry during horror movies, I'm afraid of basements and dark rooms. I, in no way, am strong enough to take on the tasks that men have been appointed to. And I'm okay with that.

So please, let me look forward to baking cookies for bake sales and driving a mom car.

And I'll support you in your endeavors and climb to the top of the corporate ladder. It doesn't matter what side you are on as long as we support each other, because we all need some girl power.

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