While I wanted to make my point that the PP debacle was disgraceful, I was happier that it put the Pink Ribbon under a microscope in one fell swoop. Organizations like Breast Cancer Action have been at this for years and I'm going to take some poetic license and go for the big dramatic effect. I think, within hours (quite possibly MOMENTS), social media engaged more people to take action and raise outrage.... "where's the cure and WTF did you do with the money?" ..... than many organizations combined have accomplished over the course of years. That is not a knock on the organizations. It is the power of social media and a global outreach where things are in our faces in real time. And that is a perfect segue.
WTF is going on in Syria? I don't mean that as an invitation to actually tell me. Question is definitely rhetorical. I can go catch up on my worldwide current events. I simply have to step beyond the breast cancer zone in order to gather information. While the breast cancer zone may sound one dimensional, you'll have to trust me on this..... My breast cancer zone is more like the twilight zone. There are more balls in the air and I'm still trying to get it together. I'm not going to outline all of the irons I have in the fire. Some of those balls need to land in that fire so I can get my chemobrain to FOCUS. Break things into those ever necessary "smaller tasks." Or, as I said in a prior post, I'm officially channeling my inner Carrie Bradshaw and I'm hiring an assistant along the lines of Jennifer Hudson.
Typically, MY segue took a paragraph detour. This should surprise no one. It's who I am, it's what I do but as of this moment, I AM putting the jokes on the shelf because nothing about this story is even remotely funny. It's so very sad. The other night on AC360 there was a video that was one of the most heart wrenching things I have ever watched. A reporter was in the room as a very young baby died from mortar fire that is raining down on the Syrian city of Homs. Into residences. Where babies are present. In the name of?
The video is graphic. You can see the baby take his last breath. Anderson Cooper was speaking to Marie Colvin, the journalist who was in the room with the distraught grandmother and the grief crippled father as that baby died. The interview concluded with Anderson saying, "I know it's impossible to stay safe but please try." Her reply, "Thanks very much, Anderson."
HOURS later, literally, within a couple of hours, Marie Colvin was dead. She was killed alongside French photographer Remi Ochlik. Marie grew up on Long Island. Her mom still resides in the home where she grew up. She was the oldest of five children. Two sisters, two brothers. Pretty much the same age. Me and Marie. And the similarities End Right There. She had to have nerves of steel. Me, not so much. My God, she lost an eye in a war zone several years ago. And she continued doing what called her. Me? I never say never. But, No WAY. We share a similar family structure. And that's about it.
Oh, and I presently live quite close to her hometown. It would take me less than five minutes if I hopped in my car for a quick drive. I'm fairly certain I could locate the home within another five minutes. It's a small community. I'm guessing there is some sort of media in the general vicinity.
I am as horrified as the rest of the world at her death, at the death of her young colleague, at the death of that baby, at the thought the attack that killed these reporters may have been a deliberate act in order to stop the world from seeing what is happening in Syria. I am horrified at what is happening RIGHT NOW in Syria. Marie put her life on the life to get that last story. And she paid with her life. I cannot in any way, shape or form, attempt to offer any sort of solution oriented suggestions. This is far beyond the scope of my ability. I just know her death can not be in vain.
Her mom spoke to reporters. Quite eloquently and poignantly, she stated, "The reason I've been talking to all you guys is that I don't want my daughter's legacy to be 'no comment' ..... because she wasn't a 'no comment' person." And her mom continued to speak and these are words I will print out to so I can honor the life of one very brave and very determined woman. I will live by these words in memory of Marie Colvin. I will live by these words each and every day to honor a "neighbor" whom I will likely never meet, but she is a neighbor nonetheless and she will be burying her child in the coming days.
For Rosemarie Colvin who will live with a heavy heart and for Marie Colvin whose courage is indescribable, I will follow the beautiful words of a heartbroken mother:
"Her legacy is: Be passionate and be involved in what you believe in. And do it as thoroughly and honestly and fearlessly as you can."
The words of a grieving mother. The words I will carry with me in my heart as I continue to step from the life that IS to the life that IS waiting. It's time for me to catch up to my own life.