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BC Awareness Month Is Tearing Me Up.

kelleyk Member Posts: 2

I know it's not about me.  I know it's about awareness and raising funds for research.  And we need more money for research, surely.  But the pink ribbons are killing me.  Not literally.  But they are incredibly painful for me to see. 

 I live in a medical community and drove through the medical university the other day to take my daughter for a follow-up appointment.  The sight of the large pink ribbons on all of the oak trees made my chest tighten and my heart ache.  I lost my mom in July of 2010 after only five months of being diagnosed with liver/bone mets.  I have cried almost every day since she was diagnosed.  She was initially diagnosed in 1995 and went 15 years until the cancer returned.  Her worst nightmare and her biggest fear became her reality.  It was utterly excruciating to watch.  Her body, literally, fell apart and her heart was broken.  I hope and pray the end was more difficult on me than it was on her.  

Having seen first-hand what breast cancer can and often does look like, I have a hard time with the cutesy-tootsey pink ribbon merchandise.  I mean, seriously.  Who isn't aware of Breast Cancer in 2011?  I know that I am more aware than most as I lost my precious mother to this horrific disease.  I don't mean to sound jaded and negative, but I thought perhaps others out there may have similar feelings or can relate on some level.

I do have the hope/assurance that I'll see my mom again, but the here and now is still painful and difficult.  I miss her immensely.  This is my second October without her and I guess it's going to just be an especially difficult month.  So while I am cheering those on whom are battling and am hopeful that someday we'll have a cure, I am crying inside when I see all of the pink.  I miss my mom terribly and I know there are scores of women fighting for their breath or trying to take a step or preparing to say good-bye...and it's not anything the cute little ribbons can fix. 




  • annafrederik
    annafrederik Member Posts: 1
    edited October 2011

    I feel your pain Kelley. Watching someone die from it or having it happen to your own body, the "awareness" , I find, is disrespectful and painful to see. I wish they'd "get it". Obviously, not everyone feels the same way.....perhaps I'm just to angry to see the good in it. I don't know what their expectations are for continuing the bullsh*t awareness. I wonder how they think this helps. You can be aware until the cows come home....that isn't going to change anything. It's so sad. My heart hurts for you, me and everyone else who finds the pink hurtful. It's time for it to stop.

  • dlb823
    dlb823 Member Posts: 2,701
    edited October 2011

    Kelley, I'm so sorry about your Mom.  While the initial intent of the pink ribbon logo to promote bc awareness was no doubt a brilliant idea, sadly it has gotten so out of hand that some who haven't experienced bc from our point-of-view now treat October like a holiday -- something to decorate for and be celebrated.  It's so off-base from the reality of bc most of us here know.

    I think we all need to continue to raise our voices and express our displeasure at what's being done to perpetuate this.  The oversaturation point IMO was reached at least 2 years ago.  We need a new direction, which, thankfully, a few like Dr. Susan Love are now preaching -- finding the cause and then being able to come up with prevention strategies.    (((Hugs))) to you, and thanks for sharing your feelings and observations about this.        Deanna