Hey all! If you read my previous post, you know my thoughts about Pinktober and all the PINK all around during this most wonderful fall month.
I was looking at a picture last evening of a fellow THRIVER, SURVIVOR, WARRIOR — Jaime. As I looked at her most recent posting from her weekend Marathon, I thought, “I wish that to raise understanding of the pink ribbon, people would just share an individual story EVERY DAY in October FOR FREE. So people can understand how different EVERY SINGLE DIAGNOSIS IS. People could see how yes… breast cancer affects the breast… but it also affects a human life.”
The reality is that people die from METS. Metastatic breast cancer is that which has metasticized (spread), beyond the breast. Often it first spreads through the lymph system (like mine did) and then to other parts of the body — lungs, bones, brain, liver. Once it spreads, there is technically no “curative” treatment. This does not mean that everyone dies the minute it spreads. It means that they receive maintenance therapies or palliative treatment until there are no longer options because there is no true cure to-date.
Also, if people are like me, their greatest threat is recurrence. So how do we best support those who have received a diagnosis? How do we help them thrive through their treatment, and to prosper after? How do we make sure that drugs and therapies continue to come on the market to lessen the percentage chance of recurrence?
We need to educate the masses of that because people need to know where they are giving their funds. And how those funds are being put to use. And if they are moving the needle any closer to an actual cure.
SO. Let’s talk about the Pink! WHO is the PINK?
Well… I am going to be doing a feature on my Facebook page (click to follow!) and on my IG account all through October featuring strong kickass men and women who ARE the PINK. They will be those affected currently, those who are long-time thrivers, those who are going to possibly live the rest of their life with breast cancer (unless we find a cure), those who have alreadt lost a battle, and those who have even profylactically made choices to have procedures to lower their risk because of their high chances of the disease.
If you would like to see a friend or family member featured on Facebook or on IG, please shoot me an email at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please include a picture, the name, the age at diagnosis, the stage, any procedures the individual has had, and a few awesome tidbits. SHE or HE is the PINK! Help me tell the story!