Thursday, October 21, 2010

Bigger Picture Moment: Breast Cancer Support

"You say you want a revolution. Well, you know, we all want to change the world."
Revolution, The Beatles

Write Pink! is our attempt at changing a little piece of our worlds.

This month-long blog carnival was born out of a deep desire to use our voices, our stories to make a difference in women's lives regarding breast cancer awareness.

It's our way of trying to make a dent, provide some support for women.

But sometimes it seems like we tune it all out.

And, we reason, we've heard it all before.

{Eat right. Do your breast self exams. Exercise. Maintain a low body fat. Get regular mamograms after age 50. Eat this. Don't eat that.}

Ugh.

The Rules.

And it seems never ending; it feels like trying to keep up with the latest research about how to prevent breast cancer is like chasing the wind.

And it's every where -- those pink ribbons. They are slapped onto every single.stinkin'.thing in the name of breast cancer awareness.

It's almost trendy, isn't it? -- to have a pink ribbon slapped onto your soda can or pizza box or whatever.

And it's ironic.

It's ironic that pizza boxes and sugary drinks and chip bags all doan the pink ribbon for breast cancer awareness when those very products have been linked to increasing body fats, which is to linked to raising estrogen levles in the body which is directly linked to breast cancer.

And it's unfortunate. Because then we sometimes tune out the essentials -- the education and the prevention -- because when it comes to breast cancer awareness, so many places are focusing on the support aspect.

And support, my friends, is so important.

But education? And prevention?

Those are KEY.

So if we're going to tune anything out, let's tune out the pink ribbons that are oddly placed on random items in the name of breast cancer awareness.

And let's tune into Real stories, Real prevention methods and Real education -- real ways to support our loved ones who have gone down this path.

By simply reading or listening to the stories and sharing our own, we are supporting awareness and education, not simply slapping a pink ribbon on any random {unhealthy} product.

And there's nothing more powerful than a story.

Please join us next week to listen to the incredible survivor stories as we wrap up Write Pink.

By linking your Bigger Picture Moment Support post with Melissa, you'll be entered to win a $30 gift certificate from {So}Sartina where you can pick the handbag of your choice!

5 comments:

  1. SUCH a good point...eating chips and drinking soda is the worst thing in the world for your body, especially if you are trying to avoid breast cancer! And yet, there's that pink ribbon!

    Thanks for the link to my blog, and also a HUGE thanks to you, Melissa, and Sarah for writing PINK all month long!

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  2. Well said! While I agree with you Hy, I feel I should add that I'm eating chocolate right now. :0)

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  3. It's so true, taking care of ourselves is key in all of this. It is interesting to consider some of the brands that carry the pink ribbon-- and what their product really is!

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  4. I am doing research for my university thesis, thanks for your helpful points, now I am acting on a sudden impulse.

    - Kris

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