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I had a great time at the Pink Hijab Day Get-Together hosted by Mona Ismaeil, the owner of Modern Hejab. It was an honor to be the co-host of this event, and an even greater honor to be in the presence of such strong, inspiring women of our community.

Mona started off the event with a brief history of how Pink Hijab Day originated (it was initiated by Hend El-Buri of Columbia, Missouri), and how it has become an annual event around the world. It was fascinating to hear how one woman’s desire to spread awareness of breast cancer has turned into a global movement!

We also discussed the statistics of breast cancer within Canada:

“-1 in 9 women in Canada is expected to develop breast cancer during her lifetime (by the age of 90)
-1 in 4 (26%) cancers diagnosed in women in Canada are breast cancer
-1 in 30 women in Canada will die from breast cancer
-In Canada, the 5-year survival rate for breast cancer is 88%
Breast cancer mortality rates have decreased by 43% since the peak in 1986”

(source: http://www.cbcf.org/central/AboutBreastCancerMain/FactsStats/Pages/Breast-Cancer-Canada.aspx)

I found this great website, http://www.breastcancerdiy.com, that contained poems submitted from those affected by breast cancer. Below, are some of the poems I shared from this website:

A poem from Blackmatta, Palestine

Impersonation

Daggers
Pains
Screams

My body is shrinking
My hair is shedding
My spirit is dying

Pats
Hugs
Prayers

Look, it is killing me
No, I’m killing it
Oh, we are killing myself

Long path
Deep breath
Strong faith

Their pitiful eyes
Their silent cries
Their hidden fears

Tranquilizers
Pain killers
Medications

Chemotherapy was used
Parts of my body were removed
They preceded me to heaven

Strongly, I will say
Cancer..
I hope to be your last prey

A T T I T U D E

There once was a woman who woke up one morning, looked in the mirror,
and noticed she had only three hairs on her head.
‘Well,’ she said, ‘I think I’ll braid my hair today.’

So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
and saw that she had only two hairs on her head.
‘H-M-M,’ she said, ‘I think I’ll part my hair down the middle today.’

So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
and noticed that she had only one hair on her head.
‘Well,’ she said, ‘today I’m going to wear my hair in a pony tail.’

So she did and she had a wonderful day.

The next day she woke up, looked in the mirror
and noticed that there wasn’t a single hair on her head.
‘YAY!’ she exclaimed.

‘I don’t have to fix my hair today!’

Attitude is everything!

Be kinder than necessary, for everyone you meet is fighting some kind of battle.
Live simply, Love generously, Care deeply, Speak kindly
Life isn’t about waiting for the storm to pass…
It’s about learning to dance in the rain.

Author Unknown

A Poem by Kerry Peterson, Kingsburg, CA A tribute to her Mom

Shades of Pink

Shades of pink
Honor the suffering,
Solicit and celebrate healing.

Fuchsia, rose, crimson, salmon, baby-blush, coral,
One of those is my mum.
Another, your sister, his wife, a friend.

They didn’t go looking for the fight of their life,
But the storm came:
An urgent call,
Surgeons, stitches, ports, mistakes, fatigue, and pain,
Long days, therapies, sympathies,
The waiting and the wondering,
So many plans on hold.

It is an outright ordeal,
Though we color it with soft shades of pink.
Perhaps we know that
Pink wails AND whispers
In its radiant grace.

May it be a healing color-
Beauty that renews and rejuvenates,
Bringing strength and a smile
To the women of this world
Who must sail through the storm of cancer.

(Source: http://www.breastcancerdiy.com/readpoetry.htm)

Our guest speaker for the event was Nesrine Merhi Tarrabain, a woman of exceptional strength and courage. Needless to say, as Nesrine shared the story of how her late mother (may Allah grant her Jannah) endured the pains of breast cancer, there was no dry eye in the room. Nesrine also reminded us all of how important family is, and that we don’t know when our family members will leave this world; therefore it is so important to cherish every second we have with our loved ones. May Allah reward Nesrine for sharing her personal memories with us; I know in my heart that if her dear mother was alive today, she would have been extremely proud of the woman Nesrine has become- a beautiful, loving, and confident Muslimah!

Towards the end of the event, we chatted as a group as we ate breakfast! We even had the opportunity to listen to one sister’s story of how she reverted to Islam, Masha’Allah!

I would like to end this post by thanking Iba Aziz, from Luli Rana, for sponsoring the door prizes; to check out Iba’s amazing designs please visit her etsy shop at https://www.etsy.com/shop/lulirana.

Mona also gave away two beautiful hijabs at the event from her online store, Modern Hejab. Please visit http://www.modernhejab.com to see the entire collection of hijabs and abayas from Modern Hejab.

Finally, I would like to thank everyone that attended The Pink Hijab Day Get-Together in Edmonton, Alberta; I was genuinely touched by everyone’s kindness and sincerity! May Allah reward you all immensely! This event could not have been possible without the hard work and dedication of Mona, so a huge thank you to Mona as well!

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