As I mentioned in my previous post, it seems as if I’ve seen less pink craziness this year. Or else I’ve merely noticed less of it. Or I’ve tuned it out more. Regardless, another Breast Cancer Awareness Month is almost behind us. Whew! As far as I’m concerned, it doesn’t really matter, because as we all know, the advocacy work continues all year long. But still, I must admit, I’m rather pleased to say goodbye to another BCAM too. I thought it might be fun to find out how readers were feeling about BCAM this year, so I posed the question to my newsletter subscribers.
I’ll share a few responses with you. And btw, thank you to all subscribers who took the time to respond.
My friend, Cancer Curmudgeon, certainly surmised her feelings succinctly by saying this:
Pink is a stagnant institution.
Well, she knows how to get to the point, right?
Mary Ann wrote a research article for her blog and said this:
I abhor it. I cringe as the month draws near. However, when friends and family tell me they purchase pink items because of me, I am courteous and thank them. My neighbor went out of his way to buy me pink lapel pins and I will be gracious and wear them for him. But that is where I draw the line.
It seems Terri, who blogs at DiepCJourney, Reconstructing a Purposeful Life, chooses to wear an adjusted pink ribbon and explains why she does here:
Pink ribbons have taken on an entirely new meaning for me this year and especially the third Wednesday of October, Breast Reconstruction Awareness Day. The loop at the bottom of the familiar pink breast cancer ribbon is a symbol of “closing the loop on breast cancer”, moving beyond the diagnosis and rebuilding the body parts that were lost to breast cancer by having breast reconstruction. I wear that ribbon proudly this year as a spokesperson and advocate educating women about their choices for breast reconstruction.
And Rebecca who blogs at the small c, said this:
I survived cancer, so how come I am not like one of the happy-go-lucky girls all dressed in pink ribbons, celebrating their triumphs? I believe we’re never done with cancer—there’s no cure. After seeing so many people die from this disease, including family members, I just don’t feel like celebrating.
All are unique and honest responses.
As for me, I will close out with a favorite quote from my friend, Gayle Sulik, author of Pink Ribbon Blues. I like Gayle’s quote so much I am including it in my new book. Gayle’s words really sum up for me why I am so uncomfortable with most pink shenanigans during BCAM (and all year long):
Cancer is not a ribbon, a screening test or a leisure activity. It is not a sassy t-shirt, a proclamation of survivorship or a gift worth giving. It is a disease process that ignites what is all too often a cycle of medical surveillance and interventions, of which some succeed and others cause irreparable harm. For too many, it will be the eventual cause of death. They deserve better than this, and so do we.
Well said, Gayle and yes, we do all deserve better in October – and all year long as well.
Now that it’s about over, how do YOU feel about Breast Cancer Awareness Month 2015?
Did you see more, less or about the same amount of pink shenanigans this year?
Do you feel the focus toward metastatic breast cancer (instead of merely awareness) has shifted, or at least started to?
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Mother Nature is still the best thing about October. And Halloween of course.