October is not just another month on the calendar. For women facing breast cancer (too many by my count), it is a month for them to be heard, a month for some to celebrate a survivor's victory, a month for others to reflect on only a memory, and a month to stand up for the ones we love who are engaged in a battle on which their life depends.
I have spent the last two Octobers beside my wife, Keri, supporting her in her battle. This October, I stand alone, although I stand in a crowd with all the others supporting a month that honors our women during Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
My wife was honored in being selected as the honorary chair in 2005 and 2006 in Panama City, Florida during the Making Strides Against Breast Cancer walk held every October. During that time I was able to see my wife put aside her own worries and reach out to a community to give inspiration, strength, and hope.
Keri would tell them that days can be long, you have your good times and you have your bad, but you have to remain focused on the light at the end of the tunnel. I guess that's what I will always remember from those past Octobers and for all the Octobers in the future. October is the light at the end of the tunnel. It's a month to reach for new hope, new strength, and inspiration. My hope comes from knowing that there is a cure to be found. My strength and inspiration come from my wife.
Let our voices be heard, let our goals be met, and let the World know that we are winning this fight and are progressively moving forward toward a saving cure. October gives us all that, although 31 days out of the year is not long enough. For so many charities, organizations, research institutions, doctors, nurses, volunteers, and patients it is a 365 day battle toward a common goal, to reach that light at the end of the tunnel.
This October I will be participating with my teammates in the Oklahoma City, Race For The Cure event. Every October I will keep fighting until we will no longer need to call October the Breast Cancer month, instead we can call it Breast Cancer Remembrance month.
My wife never gave up hope, never faltered with her own strength, and today still provides inspiration although her battle has ended. Because of her I will never give up on all the women out there today still looking for their own light and I will always remember those women that gave their all so one day others will not. October is a great month, support it, embrace it, and together we will find the cure.
Learn more about Keri and Doug Haberstroh.