A cancer survivor’s advice: “Think Before You Pink”

Meme by Birgit Jones
Meme by Birgit Jones

Fresh off a Sunday spent watching NFL football, with players and officials alike sporting pink doodads as some kind of anti-breast-cancer talismans, I find this thoughtful blog post by Birgit Jones, who’s a Catholic blogger and a breast cancer survivor. Please, do yourself a favor during this month of breast-cancer fundraising and read what she has to say. She speaks of gratitude and love for those who helped her through her diagnosis and treatment, but she includes a cautionary note for everyone looking for ways to support people dealing with breast cancer.

In this month of October, the pink month, a moral duty presents itself. Aware that Susan G Komen and the American Cancer Society cooperate with Planned Parenthood, we are bound to share their unholy alliances with those around us. Both of these organizations also cooperate with embryonic stem cell research. The color pink has become associated with groups that prey on unborn victims while portraying themselves champions for cancer victims. Don’t fall for the sentimentality that partners with evil. Think Before You Pink.

Cancer victims need our support. While we make ourselves aware of emotional traps set by unethical organizations our moral duty begs that we inform others. Let them know of morally sound ways to help those suffering from cancer. Drive, clean, cook, visit, and console. Show love and offer prayer. Then make those around you aware of groups such as Polycarp Research Institute, Breast Cancer Prevention Institute, and National Breast Cancer Foundation®  who do research in tangible, moral ways. Donate to an individual patient or to these groups.

I’ve written about the Komen/PP connection before (here, here, and here, for anyone who wants to explore the archives), and once again I recommend Karen Handel’s book Planned Bullyhood for an insider’s view of what happened when the Komen foundation decided oh-so-briefly to stop making grants to Planned Parenthood.

More from Birgit here.


National No Bra Day and Breast Cancer Awareness Month — OR — Please Put That Pink Can of Soup Down & Put Your Bra Back On

Wow. h/t to Patrice Benard for bringing this year-old post to my attention. A culture of life meditation, for sure.

cancer in my thirties

National No Bra Day Breast Cancer Awareness


***10/9/2013:  I have been completely overwhelmed by the number of visitors this post has received in the past few days (over 130,000 at last count!).  I am not sure who first shared it — or who continues to share it — but I want to THANK YOU all for visiting, reading, and sharing it.  I think the realities of breast cancer are so often trivialized and “pinkified” so I am sincerely grateful to everyone who has taken the time to read or share my blog.  I am sorry to say that my story is just one of many, but with your help, we may just be able to do something to change that.  Please feel free to leave me a comment or to share your own story below — or send an email: cancerinmythirties@yahoo.com.   Thank you all. ***


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