To Pink Or Not To Pink, That Is The Question

| October 1, 2013 | 0 Comments

Today is offi­cially the start of Breast Can­cer Aware­ness Month.  This is typ­i­cally when pink mer­chan­dise comes out of the wood­work.  Some of it is taste­ful and some of it is tacky.  Will I wear any­thing and every­thing pink?  The answer is no.  Do I wear pink?  The answer is yes.

The why behind it is unclear.  It is almost like belong­ing to a soror­ity.  Pink dis­tin­guishes some­thing spe­cial and unique about us.  Is says we fought a bat­tle and we are still stand­ing.  For some, wear­ing pink is their suit of armor.

When I was first diag­nosed with breast can­cer one year ago, I over-dosed on any­thing pink.  Now I am more selec­tive.  A lit­tle can go a long way.

I love the movie, Steel Mag­no­lias.  In the movie, the daugh­ter is get­ting mar­ried and she and her mother are at the salon argu­ing about the church dec­o­ra­tions.  The mother says the sanc­tu­ary looks like it was hosed down with Pepto Bis­mol.  And, that the bride’s col­ors are pink and pink.  The bride says to her hair dresser, “My col­ors are blush and bash­ful.”  This is not mere semantics.

Some peo­ple see pink, period.  Oth­ers see fifty shades of pink and under­stand why.  When I wear some­thing pink, it is to share a mes­sage of hope and sur­vival.  It rep­re­sents a mutual respect and an acknowl­edge­ment that the bat­tle is not yet over.  How can it be?  Younger women are being diag­nosed with breast can­cer every­day.  For those with triple neg­a­tive breast can­cer, the odds are not in their favor.  Many will see their aggres­sive can­cer become metasta­tic within two years.  Some will die young leav­ing chil­dren and a hus­band to raise them.

Wear­ing pink in sup­port of breast can­cer is a way to bring about aware­ness.  The num­ber of those diag­nosed are on the rise not the decline.  Clearly, our coun­try is not doing all that it can to oblit­er­ate this insid­i­ous dis­ease.  Pre­ven­tion is ideal.  If we pre­vent we never have to deal with it.  Early detec­tion is para­mount to sav­ing lives.  Many lives have been saved because their breast can­cer was found dur­ing a rou­tine mam­mo­gram using a dig­i­tal­ized for­mat.  The ear­lier the can­cer is detected, the bet­ter the out­come.  Lastly and per­haps most impor­tantly, we need a cure.  Those with Stage IV have all but fallen through the cracks in the med­ical world.  Their can­cer is ongo­ing and very real.  Imag­ine if we could find a cure for those in Stage IV.

Don­ning pink attire is much more than say­ing it is breast can­cer month.  It empha­sizes the need for aware­nessearly detec­tionpre­ven­tionself-examination and a cure.   There are ways we get involved.  The National Breast Can­cer Coali­tion is advo­cat­ing and work­ing tire­lessly to find a cure by 2020.  Let’s lend our time and finan­cial sup­port to fund the pink vaccine.

Prof­its derived from the mass mar­ket­ing of pink prod­ucts has not saved any lives.  Let’s steer away from this and focus on the pink that is asso­ci­ated with grow­ing, help­ing and sup­port­ing the cause.  Let us always be taste­fully pink.

Category: Breast Cancer Wellness, Inspire

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