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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Registered: 09-01-2002
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 6:38pm

The author is a breast cancer survivor and feels the best (or only thing) she can give is to donate or volunteer.  That's not the way all survivors or sufferers feel.  Some may want to simply be among others who've experienced the same thing, maybe they want to see professional male athletes wearing pink wristbands on the football field.  No one can tell people how to mourn or how to get thru such an experience.

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Registered: 10-23-2001
Tue, 10-29-2013 - 9:33pm

thardy2001 wrote:
<p>The author is a breast cancer survivor and feels the best (or only thing) she can give is to donate or volunteer.  That's not the way all survivors or sufferers feel.  Some may want to simply be among others who've experienced the same thing, maybe they want to see professional male athletes wearing pink wristbands on the football field.  No one can tell people how to mourn or how to get thru such an experience.</p>

Nicely written thardy.  These handful of threads about a topic that people deal with and cope with so differently isn't even debatable to me. 

November is diabetes awareness month, show your blue!  :-)

 


 


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