October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month (if you can't tell from all of the PINK merchandise on the shelves).
There are so many wonderful events happening throughout the month of October to benefit breast cancer research... like "Breast in Show: An Original Musical About Saving the Tatas." Playing it's final show tomorrow 10/10 at Circa 21 - CLICK HERE for ticket info. Keep up with events and fundraisers going on this month with Komen Quad Cities - CLICK HERE to connect with them on Facebook. The Quad City Botanical Center is donating 50% of the proceeds from sales of pink buttercups and star gazer lilies through October. CLICK HERE to get more information.
But unfortunately, there are so many not-so-wonderful ways to spread awareness about breast cancer.
Maybe you have received a message on Facebook like the following...
"Without replying to this message, put a heart on your wall; no comment, just a heart. Next, post a heart on the wall of the person who sent you this message. Then send this message to your women friends, only women. If anyone asks you why you have so many hearts on your wall, don't tell them. This is only for women, because this is breast cancer research week. One small act of solidarity between women. PS to type a heart, first type < then 3 It will turn into a heart as soon as you post."
Maybe you have seen this on Facebook...
My question is... how in the $*%& does putting a heart on my Facebook friend's wall (or changing my status that I'm going to Thailand for 5 days) or taking my bra off for a day going to find a cure?? How are these posts going to encourage a woman who has never gone to the doctor for a mammogram, finally take that important step towards prevention?? I mean, isn't THAT the whole point of "Breast Cancer AWARENESS Month..." to bring AWARENESS to the cause??
If you are planning on participating in this "No Bra Day," I beg of you to please read THIS BLOG, written by a woman who has lost breasts to cancer, first.
"...the thought of seeing bra-less women flaunting two body parts that I have lost to cancer — more than I already see this on a regular day — does not feel all that supportive. In fact, it feels quite the opposite.
...given what I have been through, I think I have earned the right to joke and make light of how this terrible disease has affected me. But if you haven’t been there or taken care of someone who has been there, then you should think twice before you publicize a day that jokes about putting the first body parts we usually lose to this disease “out there” on display even more conspicuously and then labeling it as an activity that helps our ’cause’.
We live in a society that makes a huge hoopla about breast cancer while at the very same time trivializing the seriousness of the disease. How can we be so contradictory?" CLICK HERE FOR THE ENTIRE BLOG POST