So this is where we’ll share the This and Thats of every day life from behind pink hued lenses. We’d love for you to join the conversation!
I’ll start: So, as someone who now sees pink ribbons and Corporate America Pink Marketing in a whole new light, crap like this makes me want to scream in the middle of the craft store.
There are too many things wrong with this picture I want to barf. 1. Who wants a PINK Chemo Cap? Do you need to be reminded why you’re in a barcolounger with a needle funneling poison into your chest? 2. Why do these women have long, healthy hair under the Chemo Caps? 3. Why do these glowingly beautiful women have eyebrows and eyelashes? 4. Congratulations Bernat Yarn Company: By donating $30,000 to Susan G. Komen through the purchase of this yarn (that knitters like you and me paid for), Komen will put a paltry 15% ($4,500) to actual research “for a cure”. The rest goes to six figure CEO salaries, first class plane tickets and other narcissistic, scam-like spending.
Think those hulky NFL players are so cute with their pink shoes? (<—-click that) Think again. (<—- and that)
Read as a newspaper columnist and breast cancer survivor muses over the irony of a vodka company supporting a breast cancer charity when research shows that an increased risk of alcohol consumption increases the risk of breast cancer. Let us know what you think!
World Cancer Day 2015
Today is World Cancer Day. A day to unite and talk about what we can do, lay persons, charities and medical community to make a difference. In between talking to what feels like one million people today I have been trying to collect my thoughts. It is early afternoon and after writing and rewriting, I have given up and made a list.
1. I hate cancer
2. I have gone to more funerals in a year that most attend in a life time.
3. No, the cure is not on the internet.
4. Doctors do care, and they are not hiding the cure.
5. Most charities donate just a TINY percent of their funds to research. Shame on them.
6. I have to bite my tongue (hard) when people tell me I was spared because my life had a purpose. The women I have seen pass away from cancer had a purpose too. Maybe their purpose was to call me to action, but that is a whole other post.
7. I wanted to help others by paying it forward. I told my husband it would be like a full time job to do it right. He said, “OK, but I have one rule. You will never draw a salary off this” and I said OK!
8. I love my husband.
9. I devote just about every waking hour to ending cancer.
10. Because cancer doesn’t give a hoot, what day it is, or how old you are, or if you are pregnant. Cancer doesn’t care. But I do. I hope you will help me.
Hope always, Terry
Terry shared the following links so we can all educate ourselves.
Our feel good war on breast cancer: http://www.nytimes.com/2013/04/28/magazine/our-feel-good-war-on-breast-cancer.html?pagewanted=all&_r=1&
The leading paper on Inflammatory Breast Cancer: http://www.ncbi.nlm.nih.gov/pmc/articles/PMC3399643/
A petition asking leading breast cancer charities to increase donations to research: http://goo.gl/0csGYa
A suggestion to a charity that is funding research. All volunteer ran and is funding late stage research, because that is were the rubber meets the road: www.theibcnetwork.org
What we have funded to date: https://www.theibcnetwork.org/ibc-triumphs