Give Peace a Chance
Apologies to Lennon & McCartney, because for us this is Give Us a Piece Of a Chance.
Breast cancer dominates disease awareness and fundraising. From the shock of Betty Ford telling the world that she had breast cancer in the 1970’s, when it was rarely spoken about, it has developed into probably the most public of all cancers. It gets more publicity and more money than any other cancer.
Breast cancer is one of the biggest killers of women, certainly in the western world so it is only right that it gets a lot of attention. I have just been looking at a list of well known breast cancer patients which is bizarrely done by occupation, not sure what that has to do with things, but … http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_breast_cancer_patients_according_to_occupation
Two things strike me about this list, one is prominence of the diagnosis date, and the age at which they were diagnosed as so many are in their 30’s or 40’s.
This includes a long list of those who are known to have died of metastatic breast cancer, but these are just the well known people that we know of. Before you start, yes I appreciate that we don’t have a right to know a cause of death, but isn’t this symptomatic of the way that we feel as though we need to hide our diagnosis?
We need a piece of the action, so to speak, so that we don’t have to remain silent. Betty Ford may have made breast cancer acceptable, but when will MBC become just as acceptable and talked about? Give Us a Piece Of a Chance is not just about research funding, it is also about being accepted as people LIVING with breast cancer. I wonder how many on the Alive list have mets? If there are some it would be great if they would speak up about their experience. We need to be seen as well as heard. We need to be accepted just as we are because, for instance, some of us still work for a living and do normal things and this needs to be acknowledged so some of the fear can be taken away. Without the fear I hope that the ‘survivors’ will feel better able to include us in their celebrations. Then we can all give peace a chance.
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