So, in my mind it is time to take organizing to the next level.
How does a "Rage Against the Ribbon" movement actually begin?
How does a "Where does the money go?" Movement begin?
How does a movement begin where big media starts shining a light on how little $ actually goes to research?
Where do we carry banners with those who died waiting pictured, and the media and donors actually pay attention?
How do we take this outrage to the next level and force somebody to DO something?
That is a message from my very dear friend, Carmen. She left the comment on Friday's blog. I "met" Carmen in April of 2003. April 11, to be exact. I joined an online support group where I connected with a group of women, all moms, all dealing with similar Kid Issues. Carmen joined the group in March. I logged on to that site as I began writing this post to check the dates. The site is still extremely active and there are names I recognize from over ten years ago.
In December of 2004, a core group of us formed a private google group. These are the women with whom I first conversed via a computer monitor. These same women are the ones who held me up through the endless tests and ultimately, my cancer diagnosis. They were right there as I was sorting through my surgical options, through my chemo treatments, through the death of my dad, through my mom's cancer diagnosis less than one month after my dad's death.
It was Carmen's head I nearly bit off when she suggested, "Blog." Carmen is how I became @chemobrainfog. Carmen and I met exactly one time over these ten plus years of a very deep friendship.
October is less than three weeks away. I'm picking up Carmen's questions as my call to action. It IS time to take the outrage to the next level, it IS time for the truth to be told.
Fact: Breast cancer is the most overrated success story in Cancerland.
I am going to make sure I bring this fact to the attention of as many people as I possibly can.
This October? Awareness? No, I think not. We are aware. In fact, we've become so damn aware, reality has been lost.
This October.....A campaign of truths.
I'll wrap them in pink ribbons if that's what it takes but damn.....
It's time for reality to rise above the ribbon.
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