I have to say, I love the color pink. Pink shoes, nail polish, lipstick and clothes. I have dishes with pink flowers on them. It has been my favorite color since childhood. That being said…Pink-Tober gets on my last nerve!
It is the last week of September, and for two weeks I have received emails regarding breast cancer awareness month. I have dozens of shirts that have been given to me in support of breast cancer…my granddaughters wear them to sleep in. I actually purchased one for myself and a friend of mine, Shawn, because it had baby Groot on it!
You can’t walk in to any store these days without seeing the latest and greatest breast cancer t-shirt, coffee mug, bracelet, nail polish, handgun, soup or yogurt container covered in pink.
The first year I was diagnosed, I was all for it. It was like a secret society that wasn’t secret at all. By the second year I was perturbed and over it. Friends thought it was their duty to swamp me with different pink goodies. Yes, I have a few very memorable items…and those mean the world to me. But enough is enough.
I know, no matter what I do or say, Pink-Tober is going to come and go as it has since Susan G Komen and other groups in the forefront of our awareness have worked so hard to get noticed.
I don’t need a pink bucket, sippy cups, underwear or ribbon to show I support other breast cancer patients. October will forever be known as breast cancer awareness month. And there will always be tones of stuff out there reminding us of breast cancer awareness.
I guess, I should be grateful for that little pink ribbon and all that has gone into helping others become familiar with it’s symbolism. There is no longer a need for words to accompany that little pink ribbon logo. Even children know what it represents.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month focuses on detection and not prevention. I believe a Breast Health Awareness would be something we should look into. Teaching prevention with pesticide free organic food, incorporating immune boosting herbs and nutrients to diets, and reducing carcinogens in our everyday life.
If you want to make a difference, go to your local woman Center and see if you can pay for someone’s mammogram. If there is a woman in your church in treatment, cook a meal for her family or go clean her house or do laundry for her. Or clean her yard. Heck, volunteer to help her by taking her kids to school or her to treatment. You don’t have to waste your money on frivolous pink items you will never use.