What will liking this photo do for breast cancer? What will liking this photo do for breast cancer survivors?
When I asked these questions, I got back the following comments:
(from a man): it illustrates the power of not hiding behind illness but standing up and saying “you tried but i won”. certain times brazenness such as the woman in this picture is exactly whats needed to wake people up to things
(from a woman) it shows that women are still beautiful even without their breasts
There are other comments, but I chose those two. I am sorry, but as a survivor, I do not personally need to be “woken up to things”. I am a survivor and proud of my lop-sided self and I don’t need to be shown dark photos of the super scarred to do so. I mean what is the other thought here? That because I am not that scarred physically from breast cancer I should feel guilty? Each woman’s cancer is different. Each surgery is different.
That photo above is not beautiful. It is dark and disturbing to me. The bars on the windows behind the woman look like jail. So she doesn’t look like a proud survivor to me, she looks like she is in prison. And how you interpret prison could be in all sorts of ways – mental, physical, psychological.
It is only October 10th and seriously this month of pink hyper overload is driving me bat shit.
I am not the only survivor seeing red over pink. Check out The Pink Underbelly.
I am a woman who survived. I did it positively for the most part and on my own darn terms. I do not need to be hit in the face day in and day out with horrible jagged images of horrible jagged scars throughout the month of October. I am trying to be positive, not being forced to face every other woman’s scars (no offense intended to my fellow survivors.)
Survivors are beautiful just for surviving, they don’t need to show their scars to prove their self-worth. Just like we don’t have to purchase pink garbage so manufacturers can make a bump in certain profit margins during October that no breast cancer charities will ever see.
Yes, I am a survivor and if I have to post every single day of October that Pinktober is OBNOXIOUS, I will.
So here y’all go out there. Want to see a boob shot for pinktober? Here’s mine from this time last year. Is it beautiful? I don’t know. It’s just a slightly arty photo of a breast and a scar. But it isn’t dark and disturbing. And since I was kind enough to flash all of you, please consider a small donation to www.breastcancer.org in the name of ihavebreastcancerblog. Celebrate LIFE people, not scars.
Now I will leave you with an oldie but goodie from the Police. Perfect song for Pinktober: