In June I marked my four year cancerversary. The other day I marked four years since the completion of treatment.
I have had four years to get used to the onslaught of PINKTOBER and all the ungodly pink products that really don’t raise money for anything other than temporarily pink corporate America.
I haven’t gotten used to it and I was speaking to yet another survivor last week who dreads #Pinktober too. As a matter of fact I have not in four years met a survivor who was super excited over #Pinktober. No matter how the survivor feels about being open or closed about their breast cancer, they all agree that #Pinktober makes them nauseous.
As survivors, previvors, and those going through treatment currently we are not defined by things like crappy pink rubber bracelets. We are defined by ourselves. This disease is part of our reality, but it does not define us as individual women.
So don’t wear or buy pink for me and for others, get yourself educated on the disease called breast cancer.
Get your mammograms.
Educate your daughters, mothers, aunts, nieces, friends, men.
Donate to responsible charities (which P.S. don’t EVER cold call you on your home phone!).
Keep up the pressure to Washington D.C. so all women get GOOD coverage, not just some bare minimum that causes as much stress as NOT having insurance.
Keep up the pressure to Washington, D.C. for reforms to big pharma and health insurance companies.
Last years I posted what I am about to post again. Live it. It’s the #truth
Now ONE #Pinktober thing I will post is something I received from BreastCancer.org – My Radiation Oncologist Dr. Marisa Weiss is on The Today Show tomorrow. That is one of the women responsible for saving my life and getting me cancer free.
Some of the strongest women I know have survived, previved, and live daily with breast cancer. Everyday, amazing women. Some others have lost their fight, but their will to live lives on in all of the rest of us. I choose to honor all these women by doing my best to live a good life….and not succumb to fake pinkness.
Anyway, that is all from me on the eve of yet another #Pinktober . I wish I could be a more cooperative survivor and embrace it, but knowing it looms only makes me want to pull the quilt over my head. But I won’t….but I won’t be bringing home pink wheat thins, either.
I will leave you with this quote:
“The best protection any woman can have … is courage.”