Nestled between the shores of Lake Washington and the Cascade Mountain lies Washington’s sexy secret known as Bellevue, WA.
This somewhat sleepless suburb of Seattle, Bellevue is filled with upscale shopping, dining, and beautiful hotels.
The name Bellevue is French and means "beautiful view".
This weekend the view will become even more beautiful as hundreds of gorgeous breast cancer survivors descend on the city to attend C4YW.
C4YW is the annual conference for young women affected by breast cancer.
Each year hundreds of women gather in the host city to be a part of this pink sisterhood.
From the time you step off the plane the bonding of this sisterhood is evident.
Each warmly greets the next young lady that is dressed in a scarf or is brave enough to bare her baldness in Seattle’s cold winter rain.
I no longer wear a head scarf and my hair has long returned and yet I am recognized immediately in the airport by a “new sister” from Virginia.
Members of the pink sisterhood know each other by our brave smiles and determined attitude.
In 2013 Bellevue is the place where these young women come from every state in the union and even from other countries such as Canada and Mexico to feel the “pink sisterhood”.
With events such as a Meet-up based on your type of cancer or specific situation such as being a long term survivor or being metastatic it is no surprise that these women find hope, courage, and camaraderie at this event.
Workshops give these young women the latest information on treatment, financial issues, emotional support, and the various resources they need to go home empowered to fight like a girl.
“Sharing My Story” is an event that offers the opportunity for survivors to relate to their pink sister by sharing their journey.
Fun let loose events are also on the agenda as survivors learn belly dancing, yoga, and Zumba.
To celebrate their spirit and zest for life these beautiful women will bust a move into the wee hours at the ever so popular Saturday evening dessert and dance party.
Exhibition hall boasts vendors and support groups from around the country to give these ladies the necessary tools and information to gain support this conference has closed.
The beautiful Gilda Radner believed, “The goal is to live a full, productive life even with all that ambiguity. No matter what happens, whether the cancer never flares up again or whether you die, the important thing is that the days that you have had you will have lived.”
Look out Seattle these courageous beautiful pink survivors are going to show you they live a full productive life even with breast cancer.