I’m in no mood — unless you keep it real


Image courtesy of Cancer Curmudgeon (anotheronewiththecancer.wordpress.com)

Pinktober is approaching. And I’m in NO mood to deal with it.

I don’t know about you, but I am tired. What am I tired of you ask? Well, I am tired of…

Money spent on breast cancer “awareness.” Don’t we have enough of that already?   How about spending the money on stage 4?
People thinking BC is a sexy pink party
Companies dressed in pink ribbons, exploiting patients in order to appear like they’re good people helping the cause
Losing friends and family members to metastatic breast cancer
Seeing pink ribbons everywhere I turn, and still, no research progress
Feeling scared because I know if I ever face stage 4, my options are limited
People looking the other way
Every decision I make being more complicated and heavier than it used to be
Never being able to find peace of mind
Always feeling like I need to be more responsible than I want to be
The divisions found in cancerland
Having to explain, over and over again, that I am not cured of BC and that I am  always at risk
The lack of research
Seeing families suffer because there is nothing they can do to save their loved ones
The invisibility of patients who are struggling during all this Pinktober publicity
Idiotic cure suggestions
Being called “ungrateful” because I should be satisfied and happy that I am not dying while 113 die everyday
People blaming patients for their disease
People trying to “cure” my cancer by suggesting how I should be living my life
Being told I need to move on after cancer
Consumers not questioning where their Pinktober donations go.

As many of us already know, Pinktober doesn’t portray the reality of living with breast cancer. It also doesn’t accomplish much because a lot of the TRUE FACTS are left out. It’s up to US to educate others. And this is our chance to do so. One thing to remember though: NO SUGARCOATING. We’ve had enough of that.

Whether you’re sharing breast cancer information, or your personal story in words or pictures, it’s OK to be angry. Or funny. Or sad. Just keep it REAL.”

So to all patients, friends, family members, cancer organizations, and anyone else who cares to achieve some progress and to educate others:

Let’s all give the world a #BreastCancerRealityCheck
on October 1

Remember, you’re doing this for everyone, including YOU.

About thesmallc

I'm Rebeca. I was diagnosed with breast cancer at the age of 32. But there's more to my story: I am an animal lover. I love to cook. I have a wonderful fiancé who doesn't mind walking my rocky path with me. We currently live in New York. ---------------------------------------- “Those who have a 'why' to live, can bear with almost any 'how'.” ― Viktor E. Frankl
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8 Responses to I’m in no mood — unless you keep it real

  1. illlive says:

    I can imagine how frustrating it is to have your disease coopted and turned into something ghastly by the media and corporations. It’s also frustrating to have a type of cancer that gets comparatively less media attention (but the media attention doesn’t sound very helpful!!). Good luck getting through. Maybe dress in orange and say that pumpkin is the new pink? 😉

  2. Carrie says:

    I’m in no mood either! Curious!

  3. Ha ha looks a lot like my list of tweets I’ve scheduled to post tomorrow! Great minds…
    Anyway thanks for writing this!

  4. Pingback: Weekly Round Up: Pinktober Is Here | Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer

  5. Alan says:

    I’m with you, girl!

  6. I absolutely love this! It’s full of passion and common sense. And I am loving your keeping it real theme – going to steal that for this week’s blog round-up!

  7. Pingback: Weekly Round Up: Keeping It Real | Journeying Beyond Breast Cancer

  8. bethgainer says:

    Amen to all your points! We all need to keep it real.

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