My Dad is a wonderful man set pretty firmly in the square of his old fashioned “man-dom”.
He does stereotypical man things like go to the footy, drink beer and hang out in his shed.
He wears polo shirts and shorts, not too short and not too long. He wears jeans and sneakers, together. He is perfect dad material.
I guess you would say my Dad is a baby boomer man’s man.
An extremely organised man’s man at that. His shed, though filled with many years of bits and pieces is neat, tidy and arranged. Everything has its place and most of it has a use even if it is not the use it is made for.
There is just one thing that is a little out of place, yet completely at home in Dad’s Shed.
Sitting in the middle of those four walls of axes and wiper sniper, saws and hammers, drills and rakes, stands his bright. pink. trailer.
Dad’s pink trailer has helped both his daughters move house, done many trips filled with grass clippings to the dump and helped him and his brothers move treasured pieces out of their family home when their mother passed away.
The pink trailer gets towed behind a very dad-like blue Holden Commodore and gets quite a few looks from passers by, but once they see the nose or tail of it, everything becomes clear.
In 2016, it is estimated that 15,930 women and 150 men will be diagnosed with breast cancer. On average, that is 43 women diagnosed with breast cancer every day.*
That means that it is very likely that you have, in some way, been touched by breast cancer. Just like me with my Nana and some of the wonderful women I have the pleasure knowing in my life.
October is breast cancer awareness month and also is the pink trailer’s 6th birthday.
Unfortunately, it also marks 6 years since we lost Nana in her fight with breast cancer.
Nana’s battle was quite different to some of the women who take on treatment at a much younger age. It is estimated that 795 women between the ages of 20 and 39 were diagnosed in 2015.*
Women like the effervescent Jenni at Styling Curvy who at 41 was diagnosed after her first mammogram. Jenni shares pieces of her story, actually no, she kind of leaves no stone unturned and must be a wonderful resource to those going through the same thing.
Dad’s pink trailer is strong and sturdy, it takes on a lot and carries on through. It does as much as it can. Much like the heart of the many people touched by this disease.
To support Breast Cancer Network Australia in providing free information and support to those Australian’s affected by breast cancer visit their website.
There is also the amazing work of The McGrath Foundation Breast Care Nurses which you can read more about here.