My 6-year-old son, Sammy, has a very basic understanding of what I went through for my preventive surgeries (he was 4 at the time). After the surgeries, when he had questions, I told him that I was perfectly healthy, but that I had certain cells that could one day make me unhealthy. I said that the doctors are so very smart, that they were able to remove the bad cells so that those cells could never make me sick. He knows that it was hard to do, but that I had made a brave decision.
Months later, when I was leaving one evening to attend a Bright Pink Outreach Group, my son Sammy (who was then 5) asked where I was going. I told him I was going to a Bright Pink meeting. He knows that I have made friends at Bright Pink who have had similar situations and that we are all there to help each other. He said “I hope you have fun at the Strong Girls Club.”
I was so proud that I gave my son the appropriate amount of information for his age and tools for understanding this difficult topic. It felt so gratifying that from his perspective, I am a strong girl. I hope he will grow up to be a man who acknowledges, appreciates and supports the women in his life. He is off to a great start!
Learn more about “The Strong Girls Club” at BrightPink.org/Outreach