I know I’m a few days late, but it’s May and May is Brain Tumor Awareness Month! For the patients, survivors, caregivers, friends and families, this is our month to be heard, raise awareness and bring a much needed voice to the brain tumor community.
There are some great campaigns taking place during the month and lots of awesome people who are dedicated to raising awareness. Maybe you’ve heard of various sporting teams wearing “grey” uniforms to show their pride, or perhaps have been involved in or seen flyers for walks being held this month? These are both wonderful opportunities for the much deserved and appreciated recognition. I’ve also seen friends on social media posting pictures of themselves in a different grey outfit each day – very cool! It’s these simple things that bring a smile to my face to know that this cause is so well cared for and there are many individuals and businesses out there trying to make a difference. Even my dog got in on the party showing off his #beaniesforbraincancer!
All of this got me thinking – what can I do to show my pride and make a statement? And then it came to me.
As I was sitting in the chair getting my haircut with my barber doing his final touches, I told him it looked good, but asked him if he would buzz the top too. “Are you sure?” he asked. I replied, “yes, I’m positive. It’s brain tumor awareness month and this is my way of showing pride and support.” As he began buzzing it, a voice piped up from another shaved-head person: “Sorry, but why did you decide to buzz it after getting rid of the old style?” I explained to him, and the rest of people waiting for the barber that May is brain tumor awareness month and as a survivor, I wanted to do something to show my pride and support. Looking in the mirror, I saw nods of approval and smiles, and then I was asked whether I would consider one of the barber’s already-shaved head as support of my effort. I have no shame and I’m not embarrassed to show the world my scars – my battle wounds. Fortunately, losing my hair is one thing I’ll likely never have to worry about – thanks Mom.
So what are you willing to do for the rest of this month to show your support? You can wear the grey CTBTA bracelet or purchase Broca’s Area CD to help raise money for the CTBTA. There are so many ways to get involved and help out, many of which would not require you to leave your couch. Come on and join the party, you know you want to!