All Pinked Out

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All Pinked Out
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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 5:10pm

I was racking my brains since trying to remember where I ran across an advice column from a breast cancer survivior who is fed up with the pink movement since it was mentioned in another thread:

 I have been in remission for breast cancer for about four years now. I was fortunate to have good health insurance and a supportive network or friends and family during my treatment and recovery. Every October I grapple with the same problem: I feel no loyalty or desire to help out with breast cancer awareness funds. To be quite blunt, I find most national campaigns to be impersonal, they do not score very highly on the charity calculator, and they were not there for me when I was suffering. I am also not particularly interesting in doing any of the 5Ks or other events in October. I find the best way to help breast cancer sufferers is to donate and volunteer at the local level. Every year I get a lot of inquiries if I am participating in different campaigns or activities and when I say no, there is always a bit of an awkward pause. I don't really want to get into why I choose to support the local level more than national, and I don't want people to think I am insensitive to the needs of those with breast cancer. What is a good response to their inquiries?

Read her response at: http://www.slate.com/articles/life/dear_prudence/2013/10/dear_prudence_i_m_a_breast_cancer_survivor_who_thinks_national_breast_cancer.html

Any thoughts on the pink movement?

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Tue, 10-29-2013 - 7:10am
That book "Pink Ribbon Blues" looks interesting.
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Mon, 10-28-2013 - 5:57pm
Well, I guess old Prudence, her correspondent and I can be all ignorant etc together ;) The lady who wrote in also uses the term "in remission" rather than "survivor," as do many of us. Thanks for posting.

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