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Oct 3, 2017 11:22PM
Oct 3, 2017 11:51PM
I have a slightly different take on this. I do wear pink in solidarity with my fellow breast cancer patients, as well as something blue to honor the men. I try to educate everyone I can that the goal should no longer be raising "awareness" of breast cancer--it sucks but nobody walks around whispering the "C word" or refusing to talk about breast cancer. By now, damn near everyone is "aware" of breast cancer but most are unaware that men get it too, that breast-self-exam (I even went to Planned Parenthood in my 20s to examine the fake breast for fake lumps) and mammograms don't always detect cancer, especially in dense breasts; and that the focus needs to shift to finding the cure--which means not just minimizing recurrence risk but also curing MBC as is already possible for some other Stage IV cancers. I donate to BCO. I will check out Metavivor. Lynn Sage Foundation is concentrating on supporting researchers. Even the wincingly-named PinkAgenda (Giuliana Rancic's org.) has a quiz on its site to educate people on different kinds & stages of breast cancer, that men get it too, and that everyone has the BRCA gene--it's the mutation of that gene which gets tested for and exponentially raises the chance of breast (and other) cancer and recurrence.
I wear pink from my closet, sock drawer, underwear drawer (where nobody can see it), jewelry box and accessories. (Even my AppleWatch band). I happen to look good in it and I refuse to let it be hijacked by charlatans & opportunists,. What I DON'T do is buy "awareness-themed" merchandise, except when 100% of the proceeds go to a responsible breast cancer charity (Ford "Warriors in Pink," whose t-shirts don't scream "AWARENESS!" and the latest Real Bears Fans Wear Pink tees--which are sold by Advocate Health System for its breast cancer clinics, research, and assistance to patients & their families, and feature pink graphics on blue fabric--the blue to emphasize that men get breast cancer too. It used to be black on pink).
Street gangs have hijacked sports-team logo, Disney and Looney Tunes apparel--even some religious symbols (my son's dojo made him take off his Star of David necklace before karate classes because the Latin Kings had appropriated it as their symbol). Not gonna let clueless and sexist morons, grifters and greedy bastards hijack pink too.
"Pinktober sucks if it's used to make bucks." Take back the pink! (And blue).
Diagnosed at 64 on routine annual mammo, no lump. OncotypeDX 16. I cried because I had no shoes...but then again, I won’t get blisters....
9/9/2015, IDC, Right, 1cm, Stage IA, Grade 2, 0/4 nodes, ER+/PR+, HER2- (IHC)
9/23/2015 Lumpectomy: Right
11/2/2015 3DCRT: Breast
12/31/2015 Femara (letrozole)