The idea of designating a day or time to focus on breast cancer awareness began in 1985. By 1993, the idea had expanded to such a degree that October was designated as National Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The whole phenomenon of breast cancer awareness campaigns is an international one, but a month long celebration during the month of October is something the United States recognizes as part of a national monthly designation for a different disease or condition.
The United States has the highest incidence of breast cancer of any country in the world. It’s a rather dubious distinction, but the reality is that one out of every eight women born today in this country will be diagnosed with breast cancer at some point in her life. It is pretty likely that we all know someone who has breast cancer, or who is now a survivor.
We may not understand how important and significant it is for a breast cancer survivor to be able to call herself a “survivor,” but it is. Earning that title means you pass the five-year mark without a recurrence, and for someone who has gone through a stressful, painful and arduous ordeal, it’s huge.
A milestone the likes of that deserves recognition. It is something to celebrate and rejoice in. And one way you can do that is by giving your friend, co-worker, acquaintance, loved one, family member, or even someone who barely know, a plant or flowers. Flowering plants and flowers are special – and everyone feels special when they receive them. To a survivor, they mean life, beauty, celebration, victory and so much more.
An orchid is a lovely gift. A Phalaenopsis Orchid is simple, tall, elegant and stately. It is exotic, beautiful and lovely to smell. It produces multiple flowers on a stem, so your recipient will enjoy it for as long as it blooms, and if they take good care of it, they might even get to see it flower again.
Let your survivor share her victory with the entire world by wearing a victory corsage like the Dreamy Pink Wristlet, or the Vintage Blooms, either as a wristlet or on a pin. The Pink Orchid Wristlet is simple, elegant and symbolic – as one lone flower in all its glory. And if you feel like sending a double message – one that shows your love and admiration in addition to your pride in their victory, you can’t go wrong with a bouquet of a Dozen Pink Roses.
Breast cancer survivors know that they didn’t just get over an illness; they fought off cancer, and then made it for five or more years, without having that ugly scourge rear its head and knock on their life door again. So use the flowers you give them to share that victory and celebrate life!