Okay, before I start ranting, there are a few things to state up front.
- I love and support all of our cancer family. While I have a special fondness for Hodgers, I love all the rest equally and want to see all forms of cancer get wiped off the face of the earth.
- I know breast cancer affects tons of women and that it has touched just about everyone in some way, directly or indirectly.
- I have nothing against women (and men) with breast cancer. I love you folks just as much as the rest of my cancer family and hope we get a cure for you soon.
- If you have breast cancer, had breast cancer, or love someone who has/had it, you might want to stop reading right now.
Okay, now the ranting.
Today, I received one of my daily email newsletters. This one is from a magazine called CIO, which deals with managing technology in companies. The title of this email was “CIO Insider: Fighting Breast Cancer with SaaS.”
Everywhere you look, you see pink. When you don’t have breast cancer, you start to notice just how much attention is paid to it and not to your cancer.
It’s not fun being the wallflower at the dance. You just sit there with the other wallflowers (colon cancer, lung cancer, girl-part cancer) while all the guys fight over who gets to dance with Ms. Breast Cancer. That little hussy.
I know at least some people out there with the unpopular cancers feel the same way. I had a long talk with my Mother-in-Law’s best friend who had girl-part cancer (I don’t remember the specfics, but I remember it was “down there”). She HATES all of the pink stuff. With a passion.
It just seems like sometimes I can’t escape the bombardment. Commercials, TV shows, appliances, gum, cars, candy, clothes. You name it, and there’s more than likely a pink “Fight Breast Cancer” version. It drives me crazy. I mean, come on – a Garth Brooks CD?
Look, I’m happy that money is getting raised to fight any kind of cancer. I’m frankly amazed at what the Susan G. Komen Foundation has done. You almost can’t see the color pink without thinking “fight breast cancer.” Lance Armstrong has done amazing things with LiveStrong, but how many random people on the street do you think know what kind of cancer he had? It’s awesome and remarkable that the Komen Foundation has been able to brand a color, and I’ll be one of the first in line to pat them on the back and express my admiration.
I still get driven crazy by it all. Even if I calm myself down after I see that the sofa I was about to buy has a big pink ribbon on the back, there’s still one lingering thought that gets me.
Everywhere you look, you see pink fundraising. You can figure that millions upon millions of dollars are probably being raised to fight this disease and find a cure. But breast cancer still exists.
I see pink everywhere, yet we still have breast cancer. Makes me wonder what chance all of the rest of us have.