October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. It’s an anatomical failure that I have covered so many times that I have now introduced a “cancer” tag for it on the blog.

So how does one embrace something as horrid and tragic as breast cancer? For starters, you can be inspired by the upbeat attitude of Deborah Cohan’s flash mob video and the friends who supported her. Sometimes embracing that help can be less easy than it appear as Karen Perry described in her family’s two-pronged cancer battle…

  • “’People are always asking to help,” she said. “The hardest thing was to accept that help. You think you can do it all on your own.”