It’s “Pinktober” time again in Cloverdale
When Cloverdale’s Nina Sibert went outside to go to work Monday morning, she discovered some of her friends had already been there.
The front yard, the cars in the driveway – even the mailbox – were decorated in pink in honor of her annual celebration of Pinktober®.
“I was totally surprised,” she says. “There was pink everywhere.”
Sibert had just turned 41 back in 2008 when she discovered the lump in her breast that tests subsequently confirmed was malignant.
A loving family and a great support system of friends helped her deal with the diagnosis. They were there with her during her surgery and during her recovery. She took a different girlfriend to each of her chemo treatments and they would go out afterwards for a bite to eat or a bit of shopping before going home.
For the last three years, she has fully embraced Pinktober®, the Hard Rock Café’s annual fundraising campaign for breast cancer awareness, now in its 13th year.
Her version, however, usually involves having the ends of her hair dyed pink and wearing a different pink outfit each day of the month. The ones that include her favorite pink boots tend to embarrass her kids, but they’ve been good sports about it. This is the first year her yard has been decorated.
Sibert found her own lump during a routine monthly self-exam. Her advice for other women is to “know your own body so you can recognize when something doesn’t seem right. Go for checkups and get regular mammograms. Stay positive and keep your sense of humor.
“Having cancer is not an automatic death sentence,” she adds.