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TeAnne
07-02-2003, 11:45 AM
THIS ONE IS A TEAR JERKER!!

A handsome, middle-aged man walked quietly into the cafe and sat
down.

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 pink 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. And
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.

A CANDLE LOSES NOTHING BY LIGHTING ANOTHER CANDLE.
PLEASE KEEP THIS CANDLE GOING!

paintergirl
07-02-2003, 12:39 PM
That was a very poignant story Teanne, thank you....

bairam
07-02-2003, 01:25 PM
Thank you Te Anne for posting this poignant story.

I appreciate it as I am a breast cancer survivor myself. I was one of the lucky ones who found it early and am living proof that you can survive.

Get your mamograms and do your self exams......the life you save may be your own.

Allan Jameson
07-02-2003, 04:54 PM
Thanks TeAnne.....dont forget guys...its not only the gals that can get breast cancer us guys get it too....especially men who are or have been into heavy contact sport....if you feel something irregular in your chest get it checked out.

PhilC
07-03-2003, 10:30 AM
Thanks TE.

Lost my Sister-inlaw to breast cancer. She was 43. with two children at home. She missed seeing my niece an nephew finsh growing up and gradute from High school and go off to collage. and Gradute from Collage. but the day that was really hard. Was last year when my Niece got married. and after 8 years my Brother still spends his days alone. his kids have tryed to get him to go out with other women.

But he lost his sole mate that day and knows that he can never find anouther to fill that loss in his heart.

She did find it early and battled it for a long time. just win we thought she was winning, it came back hard.

Guys Allan right Ya'll need to check yourselfs too.

TeAnne
07-03-2003, 11:13 AM
Phil, you made me cry, I'm so sorry.

Maria (((((((((HUGZ))))))))))) keep on keeping on gf :angel:

YES MEN, test too.

PhilC
07-03-2003, 02:49 PM
Sorry Te didn't mean to make ya cry.

But she was a very special person not only to my brother but to everyone she meet. She was the kind of person that seem to light up a room when they came in.

She is the reason I belive there are Angels amongst.

KimsWeb
07-03-2003, 10:40 PM
TeAnne,

That is a moving story. I'm gonna post it to my mboard, so we can keep up the awareness.

She-She
07-05-2003, 04:26 AM
Thanks Te for posting this. I have read this a few times. It always makes you think.

My grandmother died from breast cancer. It was sad to see her suffer for the 6 years before it claimed her life.

nikau
07-05-2003, 04:56 AM
It has been copied and send world wide.:clap: Thanks