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It’s Back… (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)

It’s that time of year again (Breast Cancer Awareness Month, in case there’s one chance in a gazillion you do not know) and I am wondering exactly how you are feeling about it this year. Do you plan to get extra ‘loud’? Do you plan to hide? Do you plan to deck yourself out in pink? Do you plan to shun anything and everything pink for the entire month? Do you plan to take things day by day, or even hour by hour?

It’s a tough call sometimes I know. 

As I do every year, I will again take the ‘opportunity’ October brings with it to be a little louder, a little more ‘ornery’, a little more angry (‘cuz really, it’s okay, even necessary to get angry sometimes), a little more of whatever I feel like being from day to day or hour to hour.

I am even planning to churn out extra blog posts this month, but we shall see how that goes.

I will also be keeping you up-to-date about the release of my upcoming book which is hopefully still happening this month. Maybe I’ll share an excerpt or two with you; that’ll be a little diversion for us all, right?

No matter how you feel about Pinktober (I don’t even like this term anymore, but…), ready or not, it’s back.

Undoubtedly, it’s going to be a bumpy ride month. Again.

How do you feel about Pinktober this year?

Do you plan to be more vocal?

Or do you plan to hide until November?

(Either is perfectly okay)

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18 thoughts to “It’s Back… (Breast Cancer Awareness Month)”

  1. Nancy, I wanted to hide but recently realized I can’t. My cancer was caught early and I never felt like celebrating because it isn’t over for me and because many are dying from metastatic breast cancer, including my family members. I feel angry and I feel misrepresented. As usual, stage 4 patients (and those who have died) are left out. But also, this isn’t who many of us are, yet that is the message pinktober delivers. I am working on a post about how I feel and will share very soon. Looking forward to reading your upcoming pinktober-related posts.

    I am excited for you about your book!

  2. Unfortunately your comment block did not allow me to complete my thoughts. I’ll be waiting to skip to November, for sure, to avoid those uncomfortable questions. xxx

    1. Jan, Sorry you had trouble commenting. We need to hear all your thoughts! I understand why you might wish to skip to November. You’re definitely not alone there. Thank you for stopping by; it’s so good to hear from you. xx

  3. Nancy,
    Yes its pinkoctober, once again. I just can’t wear pink anymore, due to metastacic dx. never can spell
    it right, guess there is a reason for that, mine was found this spring, tumor in my hip.
    Pain is intense at times, thou lost close friend last fall, with brain and lung dx.
    She did everything available at that time. My goal is for more help, in research,
    so in my lifetime, I can still do what I want to do, before its too late!!!!

    1. Mary, It’s understandable why you just can’t wear pink anymore. I’m sorry your cancer is now metastatic and that you have such intense pain. And I’m sorry about your dear friend. We most certainly need more research about every aspect of metastatic disease. Wishing you my best. Thank you for sharing.

  4. I have mixed views about awareness because being aware doesn’t stop cancer developing and it certainly doesn’t stop it killing. If I knew every penny/cent from organised awareness campaigns went to fund research I might be more excited. Given the the English Government have withdrawn funding for a number of breast cancer drugs including those essential to extend life for folks with mets I find the whole awareness thing quite depressing. Discover cancer and get refused treatment – what kind of message is that?

    1. Tracy, I agree. If all the pink hoopla was delivering truckloads of money specific to metastatic research, or research period, this would be another matter entirely. Sadly, this is not the case. It’s horrible that funding has been withdrawn for a number of breast cancer drugs that might be essential for extending some folks’ lives. That is depressing. And wrong. I’m wondering how all this pink craziness plays out in Europe?? Thank you for reading and sharing.

  5. Heaven help us all. I managed to maintain my snarky sense of humor last year. Not sure I’m up to it this year. Pinktober just seems so irrelevant this year, just an obstruction, really. Just taking it a day at a time, and maybe I’ll be able to work myself up into enough of a lather to write something useful.

    Very excited for you about your book!

    Love always, my friend.

    1. Kathi, Yes, heaven help us. I think many of us take it day by day. I hope you do work yourself up to writing that post. We need your snarky and very wise voice. Thank you for being excited for me about my book. It is finally happening. I think. Love back. xo

  6. I personally don’t love all of the products that come out around this time. I was online looking to see what products people make and party stores sell breast cancer awareness items and that stung a little bit. That people turn this into a money making party.
    Now, I know people use parties to celebrate life, to lift spirits. They use walks to do that as well. That’s great if it makes them feel good and I’m glad that there’s a time of year they can look forward to to make that happen. But, for me, it seems fake. It’s a farce. I just feel yucky.

  7. I’m newly diagnosed with breast cancer. I have been a supporter in the past and was going to embroider something on my jacket for awareness. So many cancer patients seem to be so against wearing the gear, etc. So, now I’m a bit confused.

  8. Last year I ranted and spoke out. This year I want to put my head in the sand. I’m over-satiated and have had enough of the party spirit, the tasteless sexualization, etc., but I am pleased about one thing. It seems Komen has listened to at least some of the criticism. I like its “I am Susan” campaign. At least Komen is acknowledging those who are metastatic and that its very own namesake was metastatic. This hopefully will bring them back to their original vision and motto: For the cure.

    1. Eileen, That was a great rant. I recently re-read it. I am feeling slightly hopeful about Komen too, but only slightly. Maybe our rumblings are starting to be heard. Thank you for reading and sharing some thoughts.

  9. Hi Nancy,

    I’m playing catch-up on your terrific blog; I fell behind — sorry! Anyway, if I were writing this on October 1, I’d be telling you I’m planning to bury my head in the sand and try to be a hermit. But as of this date, October 19, I’m feeling pretty good because the Pinktober madness seems to be abating. (I also don’t like the term “Pinktober” anymore). This is the first time in a long time that I’m not noticing too much breast cancer awareness campaigns. Yes, there are still stupid images out there, and I saw a flag with a pink ribbon, but I have a feeling there’s a slight sea change, and maybe marketers are hearing the collective complaints.

    Anyway, I’m enjoying the beautiful colors of fall thus far.

    1. Beth, You know I was just saying to someone the other day that I don’t think I’ve seen as much craziness this year either. Or else I’m just harder to shock these days. Who knows? I am enjoying the fall color show even more this year. It seems to be lasting longer and I am loving it. Thank you for reading. Life gets busy, so I totally understand on the falling behind thing. Please don’t worry about that. xx

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