I am, at the very core of my being, a teacher, so I hope you are ready for a pop quiz. Don’t worry: you should all pass with flying colors. No pun intended. Question One: What does the pink ribbon represent? If you answered breast cancer, then the marketing campaign to raise awareness for this important women’s issue has been successful. Women are admonished to do monthly self -exams and have annual mammograms. As a result, we celebrate countless lives that have been saved.
Some weeks are easier than others. But such is life, right? This one was a challenge that started with a stiff neck. I wondered if it was the result of my embracing the approach of fall as I opened the windows and flipped on the fan, the cool, crisp air blowing on me as I slept. But then, it became painful and swollen, so much so that the doctor ordered an ultrasound that ultimately revealed a blood clot that had firmly lodged in my jugular vein. It was a sobering diagnosis,
I have been asked why I so readily share the details of my physical and emotional journey in such a public forum. It has even been suggested that maybe, just maybe, it is a bit too personal, too intimate, too delicate. And while I hadn't considered it, perhaps there is something to that observation. I know that there can be such a thing as too much information. It even has its own acronym, TMI. Am I guilty of oversharing, making others feel uncomfortable in the process? Gee