3 March 2013 – any idea what is going on?
The Triple Negative Breast Cancer Foundation have declared this day as the inaugural Triple Negative Breast Cancer (TNBC) Day. Congratulations to them for having the nerve to break away from Pinktober and have 3/3/2013 as Triple Negative day. I have come to the conclusion that there is no point in fighting for attending during Pinktober (October being breast cancer awareness month) because it is so deeply entrenched with the concept that there are really only ‘survivors’ and early stage breast cancer, though even Komen now begrudgingly admits to the existence of Stage IV breast cancer but even that has been like getting blood from a stone. Abandon the stone I say. Claim 4 April as Stage IV day, or April as a whole as Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Let’s be bold and strike out on our own away from the Pink-Ness Monster of October.
I just don’t see the point of battling for a crumb from the Pink High Table which is so controlled by various big charities; and while the message of early detection is a valid one it is not the whole story of breast cancer. For so many it is just the beginning. Breast cancer is not as simple as mammogram, lumpectomy, radiotherapy and chemo and happy ever after. Heaven only knows I wish that it was, and so does everyone else in the position of having what is deemed to be incurable cancer. We belong to a club that each one of us wishes was so exclusive it had to be shut down due to lack of members; and as a single woman with no children I would even be willing to be the very last member who had to shut it down, though I wouldn’t necessarily plan on expiring on the spot like a film actress from the 30’s in some three reel weepie.
Until the attitude to breast cancer essentially changes from solely being about early stage, pink fluffiness and starts to embrace all stages and all types of breast cancer nothing much will change. This is why I think it is essential to declare independence from Pinktober and claim a day/week/month for ourselves. Pinktober is about publicity and image and not about honest awareness. How many pink ribbons/products can we shift? Can the CEO be seen on TV as a ministering angel desperate to get the message over? Sadly that message is only part of a story that some of us have to see through to the bitter end. http://www.youtube.com/watch?NR=1&feature=endscreen&v=2AcNN17bBDw We must start to THINK before you PINK
For more about TNBC Day go to http://www.tnbcfoundation.org/tnbcday/index.html
For more about Pinktober start with http://thinkbeforeyoupink.org/