Okay this is not going to be some motivational piece or pretty picture for you to view. This is me telling you to screw BREAST CANCER AWARENESS month. I know I am going to upset the world as this has been the best money maker, awareness theme out there for decades, but it is out dated.
I am personally sick to death of all the pink stuff shoved down our throats for the whole month of October. I know, hold your horses, don’t shoot me yet till you see what I have to say.
This blog piece is a way for me to release my anger because I know we are missing the boat. It should not be Breast Cancer Awareness month but, Take Action Now Against Cancer Month. Awareness is not enough. There have been so many people who were later diagnosed with cancer because someone said ” let’s watch it” so that IT was missed for months or years before the doctor said ” okay let’s do some more test.” and then the cancer was found or when it was found it had spread.
It makes me crazy, it’s like waving a red flag in my face. All October ” breast cancer awareness, breast cancer awareness.” I don’t believe it is any longer about awareness, the whole world is aware. It should be about taking action. It should be about doing something when there is something abnormally wrong with our bodies, It should not be waiting to see what is going to happen, just being aware. It should be about doing something, taking action now.
How many people out there do you personally know who have been told when “something” was found to wait and see. My question is why would you wait and see what is going to happen because, what is going to happen is that it is going to change, possibly grow, possibly move out of it’s original site, and possibly spread to other areas.
I will state here that I am a nurse and as I was sitting in a conference one day the speaker said that ” 1 in 9 women will have breast cancer in their lifetime.” I looked around the room, there were twenty of us, and I thought ” wow two or three of us will have breast cancer.”
That was in 2000, and in 2004 I was diagnosed with breast cancer. So, why do I get pissed when I hear about breast cancer awareness month. It is because I had been AWARE for a year and a half of a lump in my breast, seen multiple providers, a surgeon, and a breast specialist, and all said ” it is so tiny, let’s watch it, let’s monitor it, don’t worry it’s nothing” until it turned into something.
I remember a very sweet seventy year old lady that came to visit me after I was diagnosed who was a breast cancer survivor. She was part of a group of volunteers who came to your home with a little gift bag and words of encouragement before your surgery.
We talked a bit and she revealed to me that she had a lump in her other breast, and when I asked what the doctor was doing she said ” we are watching it.” OMG.
Do I need to say more about my feelings. Even today it enrages me.
There are many stories about my treatment, providers, kind friends, and mishaps but, that is for another time. Right now I want everyone to get thinking and saying SCREW BREAST CANCER AWARENESS MONTH. Let’s make it TAKE ACTION NOW AGAINST CANCER MONTH. It does’t even have to be only the breasts.
Send me a quick note, just a word or two if you or someone you know was told to ” wait and see, watch it’ and later had to go through cancer treatment. I personally, personally, have known seven people that were told “let’s just watch it” and later had to go through chemo and all the other shit that goes with it
Cancer treatment is not for the faint of heart. It lets you see the limits you will go to stay on this earth, to be part of the living. It is a hellish way to find your inner strength, some even say they wouldn’t do it again even though they are alive now.
Awareness is no longer acceptable. Take action is the new theme, the new song, the new phrase. Pass it along and share this blog. Take control of your care, your wellness, be proactive, be strong, and live to see another day. And let’s say SCREW CANCER AWARENESS, TAKE ACTION NOW instead.