<<I know we're all progressive with pink these days, but he still looks like a kindergarten girl to me.
Pink, pink, pink.
Pink is no longer just a girly, barbie color. It’s now the entire representation of the breast cancer awareness movement.
And I AM SICK OF IT.
WE GET IT. We should do regular exams. We should get regular mammograms. We should exercise, eat right and make sure if we have a genetic relationship with breast cancer that we’re extra aware.
But holy pink guacamole. Shut up already.
For those of us who are going in for a second mammogram. For those of us who may have to have an ultrasound. For those of us who may be getting a lump looked at closer to determine what it may be if anything – I SAY SHUT UP BREAST CANCER AWARENESS.
I am one of those aforementioned people. I am awaiting my second mammogram appointment. It is already stressful enough, BCA. I am already so AWARE OF BREAST CANCER that I am trying desperately to not let it be my all day every day thought process.
I have children. I have a husband. I have to work, cook, and live my life while I wait for my follow up appointment. But you, BCA continue to beat me over the head with your message of PINK. BE AWARE!!!!
WE GET IT. WE ARE SO FREAKIN AWARE IT’S DRIVING US INSANE.
I can’t go anywhere this month without being confronted by BREAST CANCER AWARENESS. My sons’ football games, they wore pink socks. THE NFL is the worst offender of all. Every time I see a pink towel, hear a cancer testimonial, see the pink ribbon at the right of the score on the football game I want to scream. It reminds me of my pending mammogram. It reminds me that I need to be afraid. It causes stress, anxiety and frustration. The REFS are wearing pink wrist bands. We see football players in pink socks, laces, hair ribbons…(I made the ribbons part up, but if you saw it you know you wouldn’t be shocked in the least). There are constant commercials in between the NFL games that are testimonials. Women who found lumps. Women who got regular mammograms and FOUND SOMETHING.
We know about the 5k races. We know about the 10k races. We know about the marches in Washington. Now we are forced to endure an entire month of BREAST CANCER AWARNESS. PINK PINK PINK.
BREAST CANCER AWARENESS stress is going to give me breast cancer.
I know awareness is important. But this is ridiculous. I can’t even watch a FOOTBALL GAME without being reminded of my next mammogram appointment. By the time I get there next week I’m going to have seen another 8230970294587209485720985740 reminders of BREAST CANCER AWARENESS. I’m going to be a nervous wreck.
And today, the Facebook campaign that really made me mad was the “Set your TaTas free on October 13th,” campaign. REALLY? What man invented this one? Good move, Steve. It’s working. On October 13th women everywhere will be bouncing around uncomfortably all day long. Bring your camera! And women, be respectful of your body. They are not “ta tas,” they are “fun balloons.” Geez.
So then I went to Cancer.gov and found this: “If the current incidence rate stays the same, a woman born today has about a 1 in 8 chance of being diagnosed with breast cancer at some time during her life. On the other hand, the chance that she will never have breast cancer is 87.6 percent, or about 7 in 8.”
So I have an 87.6 percent chance of NOT HAVING BREAST CANCER?? Good lawd – did you know that?? With the aggressive BREAST CANCER AWARENESS campaign shoving scary messages into my football game hotdog and nachos I had no idea.
I'm going to keep watching football. NFL and my sons' games. I'm going to wear a bra on October 13th because my coworkers don't need to see me flopping around in the breeze. I may run a 5k but that's because it's a good excuse to run and stay in shape.
I get the idea behind BREAST CANCER AWARENESS but it's gone too far. We need to start a BREAST CANCER AWARENESS - AWARENESS campaign. In it we will all wear jester hats and shoes with bells on them. Every time a bell rings, it will remind people that sometimes campaigns can be a little ridiculous and can go too far.
The slogan will be, "If you're ears are ringing, stop listening."