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