October 13th is Not What You Think…

If you have spent any time on Facebook you may have seen this photo or something similar lately. I actually started seeing this sometime this summer.  I wanted to tell you why I find it so disturbing.

October 13th is actually National Metastatic Breast Cancer Awareness Day. A day to recognize that there is a group of women who are fighting for their lives both literally and from a quality perspective. 

Metastatic breast cancer, also known as mbc, stage IV or Advanced Breast Cancer, is cancer that has spread beyond the breast and lymph nodes under the arm. The most common sites of metastases are the bones, lungs, liver and brain.

No one dies from breast cancer that remains in the breast. The lump itself is not what kills. The spread of cancerous cells to a vital organ is what kills. This is called metastasis. http://mbcn.org/education

Women with metastatic breast cancer have sacrificed their breasts years ago.

I can testify to that. I had a double mastectomy in 1999. I was 27. My chest looks nothing like it once did. If I showed it to you, you wouldn’t be in awe of anything. Am I self conscience?  Hell yes, I am. Photos like this do nothing to help with that.

Enough is enough.

This is not fun or funny or something to make light of. Rather than make cookies that look like breasts and post pictures of women not wearing a bra, or wearing a bra on the outside or whatever else, I would prefer you just say that you were sorry. If that isn’t enough find someone who is fighting and ask them how you could help them.

A few more things…

Metastatic breast cancer can happen to anyone.

A diagnosis of mbc means you are on treatment forever… and that is a good thing. We stay on a treatment for as long as it works.

Since the War on Cancer began in 1973, much has been learned about cancer.. yet… 40,000 of us continue to die yearly from metastatic breast cancer…..AND many are living longer and stronger and defying the oddshttp://mbcn.org/education

I am stepping off my soapbox now. 

Thanks for listening.

 

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