October is a month that can mean many different things to someone.  For some it might be a month all about Halloween and trick or treating. For another it might be about the fresh crisp air and smells of fall.  For children it might be the excitement of not being told to put the candy down for once. But for people like Hope Heimpold October is month to recognize, and remember what affects a breast cancer diagnosis can have on life.

Hope, a Wife, Mother, Grandmother, and friend has been in the jewelry business for over 20 years and through that time she has gone through many life experiences that have taken her to different directions in life. Born and raised in Cincinnati, OH Hope has always had a passion for Cincinnati and the closeness of her family and friends.  Having 10 Grandchildren and expecting twins takes up a lot of her free time!

Woman wearing a fashionable engagement ring at a local business in the Findlay Market

Everyone knows Hope for her warm and giving spirit and she says that a lot of that outlook comes from the experience she had going through a breast cancer diagnosis and coming out on the other side with a new and improved outlook on life.  Hope says, “Early detection is the key to understanding breast cancer and its disease.”  She was fortunate to have wonderful doctors and support by her side during the entire process.

She mentioned that Cincinnati has a tremendous support system for those who have been affected by breast cancer.  She specifically spoke to me about the Pink Ribbon Girls. An organization that will help with cleaning, meal preparation, and transportation to doctors’ appointments, as well as just spending time with women looking for someone to talk to.  The coolest part of the organization is that everyone involved is connected in some way to breast cancer; whether through personal struggle, or a friend, or relative who was a victim.

I asked Hope how her life has changed since going through breast cancer and she simply said, “I am more grateful for life in general, and no longer sweat the small stuff.  I appreciate those around me more and take moments to just breathe.”