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Been There, Done that, Said that, Let’s Share

You know that saying, been there, done that? Every year when Breast Cancer Awareness Month rolls around now, that phrase pops into my head. As I reflected on BCAM and how to close it out this year here on the blog, I decided to write a post with that title, okay, an expanded version of that title. What’s my point? It’s this. Sometimes it seems like I’ve written (as have many others) about the same pink shenanigans year after year. It’s exhausting.

And still, what’s changed?

I don’t know the answer.

Maybe more than any of us realize has changed due to the ever increasing number of bloggers’, advocates’ and patients’ voices (and others) out there who have expressed discontent with Pink Ribbon Fantasy Land and all the ridiculous stuff that goes on year after year during Breast Cancer Awareness Month and beyond.

But perhaps a bit a lot of repetition is still necessary and likely will be for the foreseeable future.

Been there, done that, said that!

Instead of reinventing the wheel, I decided to share links to some posts of Pinktobers Past in which I have been there, done that, said that. Sift through. Read. Re-read. Share one or two. Or not. And then it’s YOUR turn to share! 

Here are a few posts I selected that are not included in my free ebook ( see link below):

Has Feminism Dropped the Ball In Breast Cancer Awareness?

Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day – Five Reasons Why One Day Is Not Enough

Metastatic Breast Cancer, Did You Know?

The Sum of All My Parts

Breast Cancer Isn’t Pink, Pretty or Party-like, Period!

You’re Aware of Breast Cancer, So What?

Cancer and the Glass Ceiling – A Guest Post by Terry Arnold, Founder of The IBC Network Foundation

Gotta re-share these three too:

Ten Things Wrong with the Pink Ribbon

Why Is Breast Cancer the Shopping Disease Anyway?

12 Things You Can Do All Year Long to Support Breast Cancer Educated Awareness

To grab a copy of my FREE ebook, Pink Is Just a Color, Ribbons Are Just Ribbons: A collection of writings about Pinktober shenanigans, Click Here.

Now it’s YOUR turn to share!

If you’re a blogger, or a reader of blogs, I invite you to share a link to a post YOU’VE written or read about BCAM that resonated with you via a comment below.

Whew, let’s close out another October, shall we?

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Regarding Breast Cancer Awareness Month, do you feel like you’ve been there, done that, said that, read that?

Do you have a link to a blog post or article you’ve written (or read) that you’d like to share?

Any thoughts on Pinktober 2017? As you see it, are things better, worse or about the same?


Been there, done that, said that #pintober, #breastcancer #breastcancerawareness


Friday 27th of October 2017

Hi, Nancy! I recently discovered your blog and look forward to reading more. I'm a newbie to BC (diagnosed last Nov) so this is my first "official" BCAM. I guess I'm still in the "honeymoon phase" and therefore have a slightly take on BCAM, perhaps a little naive, so this is what I wrote that's related. I've recently learned however about the importance of giving toward metastatic research vs. awareness and will forevermore be mindful of that! Have a great weekend.


Monday 30th of October 2017

Kim, Welcome and thank you for sharing the link!

Cancer Curmudgeon

Wednesday 25th of October 2017

This gives me a grim chuckle at the end of a very long day! I'm just so tired of being the broken record. Just....ugh! I'm done, I'm over it!


Thursday 26th of October 2017

CC, Glad I gave you a chuckle. And yeah, that broken record thing, I hear you.


Wednesday 25th of October 2017

I love your blog and like to see the comments and sometimes add something here, but I never get notiification in my email of anything added. Is that the way things are set up ? Ellie


Wednesday 25th of October 2017

Ellie, Thank you for your kind words. I thought there was a box to check to get notified, but maybe not. I'm not entirely sure. I guess you have to check back now and then. Sorry for this inconvenience. Thanks again!

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