Thursday, May 30, 2013

The big pink wall

Whoop-de-doo, Ford Motors just announced its Warriors in Pink 2013 program. Now you must get excited. You can buy pink appaarel from their program and a portion of the sale of each garment, $5-$20, goes to one of four charities and you get to choose which. Komen, Young Survivors Coalition. Dr Susan Love Research Foundation or the Pink Fund. Isn't this just so great. You get to buy pink gear, I must need some more! I'll check my closet and get on line now.

This is just like Pinktober again isn't it? While I admire the Ford Motor company for thinking right, they could have done it without the pink.

A recent study points out that metastatic breast cancer patients often feel disenfranchised with the pretty pink ribbon ideology. The pink mentality is positive and shows all these happy women, dressed from head to toe in pink, saying pink, pink, pink. They form little clans for each woman with breast cancer and applaud each year out from treatment or each anniversary of their passing.

I think when breast cancer is happy - they are in treatment, they are so brave when they shaved their head, their surgery went well - its all pink and pretty.

But when the diagnosis and prognosis are not so good, the big pink wall goes up to protect the pink dressed supporters from the bad news. Its not as pretty picture any more. The pink people don't want to hang out with someone who isn't rah rah breast cancer any more. They want to move on to someone who is happy and smiling.

The study did also say that 45% of the metastatic patients developed their own circle to share information to help others. But still the metastatic patient loses the original support they had when they need it most. Support does not have to be pink but just needs to be.

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