As I mentioned on Wednesday, I accidentally started a bit of drama on Facebook. It was honestly unintentional. I was originally gonna post about the hilariousness of Facebook, but after receiving SEVEN Facebook messages and multiple text messages all about my Facebook status, I decided to actually start a real discussion on the topic. Also, how many times can I say Facebook in one paragraph? Holy cow.
So it started when I posted this..
At first I started getting comments like this..
Then I logged out of Facebook and went to work. Several hours later I got a text that said I should check my Facebook again. When I checked again, it looked like this..
You can see where I responded.
What you can't see are all of the Facebook messages I had gotten. Most of the messages were from people who agreed with me and supported me. A few were from people who disagreed with me. One was someone who strongly disagreed with me and let me know it.
So let's talk about it. Let's talk about Breast Cancer.
Let's get this out there first - My grandma had breast cancer and is currently in remission. In the 2nd photo the pink arrow is pointing to one of my best friend's mom, who is also in remission from breast cancer. I've known many who lost the battle with cancer, not breast. I've also witnessed first hand the slow decline of someone dying of cancer. It was one of the worst experiences of my life.
I just want to get it out there that I've experienced breast cancer and cancer in general.
Having said that, I stand by my original Facebook post. I admit I wrote it out of annoyance based on some other things I had seen on Facebook that day. Typical and I probably should've let it roll off my shoulders. I didn't. I also may have phrased it incorrectly.
I 100% support Breast Cancer Awareness.
Finding a cure for breast cancer or any cancer for that matter costs money. It just does and the only thing I support more than cancer awareness is finding the cure to cancer.
My problem with the pink ribbons and the pink socks is that breast cancer foundations rarely see any of that money. My dad could wear a pink tie every single day in October to support breast cancer, but what is that really doing? Raising awareness? This is 2013, people are aware.
I have a huge problem with people jumping up on their soap box and preaching about making a difference, without actually doing anything to make a difference.
Practice what you preach is all I'm saying.
Now, remember what I said in this post. Believe in something, believe in it with all your heart, and then stand by your belief, but respect someone else doing the same.
Having said that, let's discuss! Thoughts?
For further reading I was also sent these 2 articles:
This one is from a woman who's been there and she has a very interesting perspective on Breast Cancer Awareness month and National No Bra Day!
This one is about how much money the Pink NFL merchandise is actually raising for Breast Cancer.. and how much it isn't.
Highly recommend them both! Good reads! Especially the first one!