I swore I was going to be more effective. Less ranting. More inclusive. Less polarizing.
FACEBOOK... F*cking Facebook.
Lest we forget about Susan Niebur and her impassioned words which are so powerful.... how does this still happen?
I ranted. I broke my own rule.
But then, besides the insensitivity of the whole thing, to stage this on what is traditionally the ONE lousy day that we devote to Metastatic Breast Cancer PATIENTS, I raged. I'm fighting to make sure their voices are heard and on that very day, Facebook is playing with bras (or rather NO bras) for awareness.
How about the cold hard facts about the lack of meaningful progress for those whose disease has metastasized? How about those death numbers, substantially unchanged.
In 100,000 people... in 1970, 28.4 were killed by breast cancer.
In 2010, 26.1 dead for every 100,000 people.
We've impacted the lives of precisely 2.3 people. Forty years of ribbons and awareness..... Here's the visual.
Line up 100,000 people... yank out 2. Ask another to simply step a forward just a little.... And that's what we got. If it were even a paltry 50 or 100, the crowd in place would still be far too many but at least there wouldn't be two lonely souls standing away from the crowd. There would at least be a "little crowd"......
Oh.. back to Facebook....Yes, I raged. And then, I ranted. And WOW and thanks to everyone who shared the rant on Facebook. I'm blown away. Totally Blown Away. The rant is here.....
And read beyond the picture because at the end of the day, literally. I laughed.
SERIOUSLY... Please tell me there isn't a No Bra Day for "Breast Cancer Awareness" all over Facebook for October 13th... PLEASE. October 13th??? That is the ONE day in the entire effin' month that we ACKNOWLEDGE those with METASTATIC breast cancer. For the "uneducated" (I'm being nice, I wanted to say IDIOTS) this is when breast cancer causes DEATH. ONE day to honor those whose disease has metastasized and we are playing games with bras? Most of us have already "sacrificed our breasts to the cancer gods in a hail mary attempt to save our lives" Those words, paraphrased, belong to a now deceased blogger whose video about this Facebook stupidity that is hurtful and harmful to the people you are claiming to support: Breast Cancer Patients has been posted on my timeline. "Let's have a little fun" .... Ummm, yeah... there's nothing fun about cancer and if you want to have some fun, maybe you should ask an actual breast cancer patient what constitutes "fun" .... FYI.... quite proudly I will publicly announce, I no longer NEED a bra thanks to the skilled hands of a spectacular plastic surgeon, who, like all the kings horses and all the kings men.. put ME back together again. Rant OVER. Please feel free to share and feel free to tell me why my point of view, as a breast cancer patient who's intimately involved with the metastatic community..... Go ahead... I G'damn DARE you......tell me why my point of view is WRONG. JUST.GO.AWAY.....
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