I was diagnosed about one month before my 34th birthday. Birthdays have always been important to me. I remember even trying to arrange my mastectomy surgery date so it was after my birthday. It didn’t work out that way and it was fine. But a few of my friends rescheduled my birthday and really did it up big for me, complete with 34 gifts of my favorite things. We went to the beach, one of my happiest places, and that was a good place for me to be in the weeks following a breast cancer diagnosis.
One of the main things I took from that birthday was that life is to be celebrated. We are never guaranteed another birthday, another anniversary, another day for that matter. The people we love need to always know that they are loved. If there is a Pink Warrior you know and love, use her birthday to show it. If she doesn’t have a birthday in the near future, maybe an anniversary? A half-birthday? Perhaps one of her kids has a birthday that needs your planning. I had a friend that helped me with that too.