October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and to me it's very personal. I'm a daughter of a strong, kind, beautiful and courageous breast cancer fighter. My mom's story inspired and motivated people around her ever since she got diagnosed with stage 2 breast cancer in 1997. I began my secondary school that year. I remember when she came back from the hospital, she started crying uncontrollably and kept saying "Will I still be able to work? I have responsibilities." I was speechless. I couldn't do my best job to comfort her. Everyone in the household was shocked because we thought she was just in her early 40's and she was too young to be diagnosed with this kinda disease.
In the midst of her first 24 edge of dark hours, she grieved and faced her cancer. The next morning, she woke up at 5 and started her same routine of work (we had a laundry business - I often think this is one of the cancer stimulations that took my mom's life). I asked her "What're you doing? You don't feel well now. You should rest." Then she punched me with the line that I would never forget and I knew in that moment that my mom was not a victim of cancer, but she's a real fighter, "If I stop working, what will we eat?," she said. The warrior in her had been battling with this disease more than a decade alone by herself and family and friends supports without any medication. She only went to the hospital for the first day to check what was happened to her body and from that time she never looked back (medication in Thailand that time was not efficient yet and it was her own choice to heal with her own power). It was not easy for her along the journey and me who witnessed every step she had been through. The cancer over 15 years advanced to stage 4 - no one could tell that she diagnosed with breast cancer until she started telling her story and opened her blouse. She was proud that she was one of the unwritten Spontaneous Remission. Until in 2012, her body couldn't collaborate and fight with her warrior spirit anymore. She tragically passed away at the age of 59 as the result from her long battle with breast cancer.
In the honor and memory of my mother, Ranu and the love and support for all strong and courageous women out there who are dealing with or know someone dealing with this issue. I learned a lot from my mother. She didn't want to live as a victim and said that life was worth fighting for, as a precious gift of God. While this month is devoted for Breast Cancer Awareness, I'd like to pay respect and raise awareness to my society, family and friends. I'd like to invite you to show your support during the month of October with SiammPatra by sporting this Cattleya Statement Ring. For each one purchased, 25% of the profit will be donated to CancerCare, an organization that provides free holistic program of counseling, support groups, education and financial assistance.
I hope to see you taking part with us and showing off your #ShopForACause by snapping a picture and using hashtag #PutHandOnHeart and #SiammPatraMakesDifference. Post to our Facebook wall or tag us on Instagram (@siammpatra).
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