Pepper Phillips – Breast Cancer Survivor

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month.  It’s a reminder to schedule your breast exam.  What are you waiting for?

One out of every eight women will have breast cancer.


I was lucky, from a ‘nothing’ one year to Stage Three the next.  During the chemo and radiation I found out that a writing friend died from breast cancer.  I thought at the time, if only she had yearly breast exams…

This past week I attended a local Breast Cancer Ladies Night Out event.

There were over twelve hundred women in attendance.  1200!!!  This picture doesn’t show the whole room, and ladies are still milling around.  During the event, the place was packed and about three hundred women were unable to get tickets at all.

During the event, door prizes were drawn, and there was a special drawing for those who purchased tickets for…a pink golf cart.

I don’t play golf, but the golf cart was too cute to pass up, so I bought tickets.  The lady who donated the golf cart from her family business is one of those tiny, gracious, Southern women, who is all heart and kindness.  Here is a picture of her and her daughter.


I said she was tiny…her daughter was wearing tennis shoes, and mom…well, she was wearing these.


You have got to love a woman who would wear shoes like this and stand on a chair because I wanted a picture of them!

The event was long, about three hours, with over two hundred door prizes from local merchants.

A fashion show with breast cancer survivors as models.  One lady came out in a bright pink wig, which she took off to show her baldness.  The applause for her quirky sense of humor was deafening.

As I sat there, I thought, there will be around a hundred women in this audience who will develop breast cancer.  I wondered how many would die because they wouldn’t take the time to have a breast exam.

Schedule yours today…



9 thoughts on “Pepper Phillips – Breast Cancer Survivor

  1. I don’t want to count the number of friends who have faced breast cancer and a few have lost the fight. It’s not something that has ever struck my family, but that doesn’t mean it couldn’t. A quick check once a year is quite easy. The new digital equipment is wonderful!

    Check with your insurance company. Under the new guidelines mammograms should now be free! If you don’t have insurance check with your local hospital. There are several programs for free mammograms.


  2. We all need to take the lesson of loving life to heart. Too often we get bogged down in the daily grind and forget to appreciate the life we have. Glad to count you among the survivors.


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