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You are reading page 2 of Pinkwashing. If you want to start from the beginning Go to First Page.

While I feel sorry for any one dealing with Breast Cancer, I can't help but feel jealous the attention given to it

Sure, it is a terrible disease, and and a terrible thing to deal with.

How-ever - there are A LOT of disease that the is an end in site.

I was diagnosed with Neurofirbromatitis at age 4. ( I will wait while you Google it ). I have had 9 surgeries so far, and will need more.There is no cure. I lived with it for years, and will continue to live with it until the day I die. It will never go away.

Do I get a special month or even week? NO. Our numbers are too small. It seems (to me at least) that unless your medical problems involve a large number of people, it can be ignored. Fine. Lets face it, the more people that have a disease, the more attention it gets.

Does changing our linen bags to pink really change our awarenenss? Does giving our pink pens, locks, sticky pads, whatever,really change the awareness and outcome of Breast Cancer??

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Not much to add, except to say I agree with all of you. And "save the tatas" is offensive. Truly. Who came up with that?

Some genius who realized they could make money off making it acceptable for teenage boys to reference boobs at school.

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Thank you. My ward does oncolocy surgery the breast patients have everything pre op counseling, specific volunteers come nad chat with them if they want while they are in, the breast care nurses see them pre admission during admission and in clinic and oncology outpatient chemo.

I dont begrudge them any of it but the colorectal pts that have colostomies formed what do they get? They see the surgeon pre op, stomal therapy may or maynot get to see them as they have a huge workload compared to the breast care nurses. Post op stomal therapy see them day 3 post op and do follow them for thier inpt stay but they do not have the volunteers see them,families often feel that they have the same body issues as breast pts but less able to discuss it with friends as they freak out about poo. The stomal therapists see the pt in clinic but do not have the time to see them every week in day chemo.

can you tell I am passionate about colorectal cancers?

Also, I recently pulled some stats on how much breast and colorectal surgery the ward had done for the last 12 months so that I could approach the foundation for some funding for a project. The person I spoke to very honestly said if the numbers were the other way around (more breast, less bowel) he could of given me the world ! How frustrating is that?

I am PASSIONATE about colorectal cancers too. A large part of my job is working w/ ostomates. This is a group of patients who are so vulnerable and if there isn't a good system in place they fall through the cracks and become prisoners of their homes. Many of them are dealing w/ cancers and the adjustment of having an ostomy. I stoma site mark, provide pre-operative teaching, teaching through the course of the hospitalization, and follow up to ensure they are doing ok. I stress over and over how they can do anything they did previously. We need more in-depth programs/clinics for these patients after they are discharged from hospitals because what we see week one is very different than week 6-8.

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Ruby Vee, I am glad you posted this because I felt like a colossal turd after posting my comment on your other thread. I hope I didn't bring you down. It's been a bad week. I was diagnosed in Oct of 2012, had the double mastectomy. I had a doctor imply this week I am selfish (for the sake of my children) for not doing BRCA testing and I also made the decision to have the bilateral salpingo-oophorectomies. Then when I B & moan about what I am going through I feel ashamed because there are so many people out there who have it worse w/ their cancers, chronic health conditions, etc.

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Not much to add, except to say I agree with all of you. And "save the tatas" is offensive. Truly. Who came up with that?

"Chugging for jugs" is offensive, too.

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I'm frustrated by it as well. Our local high schools have Senior Projects and the last two years a student in each community has turned the town pink with ribbons/balloons in order to give attention to breast cancer. I like the idea of students doing community service for a Senior Project but this one just makes a mess of our towns. Plus, the ribbons are up for the whole month of October.

I will take exception to the idea that football equals domestic violence. I think that myth started up with the "news" that more women are victims of violence on Super Bowl Sunday, which then took off to say football players are more prone to committing violence.

snopes.com: Domestic Violence on Super Bowl Sunday

Speaking of which . . . . there are ribbons for that as well.

Domestic Violence Ribbon Pictures, Images & Photos | Photobucket

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Ruby - I can't find the other thread. I looked at your "threads". Will you link it?

Edited by Spidey's mom
Changed "can" to "will". Grammar!

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I find myself becoming more and more oblivious to it all.

It is tooted so much its meaning is cheapened.

There has been this commercial on multiple times daily for weeks on end now promoting the Komen cancer race that I just want to scream.

I thought it was meaningful when I first saw it, now I find it just annoying and actually preachy.

Oversell has its downfalls,

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I find myself becoming more and more oblivious to it all.

It is tooted so much its meaning is cheapened.

There has been this commercial on multiple times daily for weeks on end now promoting the Komen cancer race that I just want to scream.

I thought it was meaningful when I first saw it, now I find it just annoying and actually preachy.

Oversell has its downfalls,

​I am sick of that commercial as well.

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I'm so glad there are other people out there who feel the same way I do about "pinkwashing". I look at my husband, who was diagnosed last summer with pancreatic Ca/NET, and I don't see anyone wearing purple ribbons or running races for him. And as for another of my passions, an NFL player decided to wear green shoes last fall to raise awareness of mental illness, and he was forbidden to wear them, then fined when he did it anyway......this, all amid a sea of pink.

Bottom line: there are a lot of human conditions that deserve a lot more attention and funding for research than they are getting. I don't see why we can't change a full MONTH for breast cancer awareness into a month for all cancers. And why can't we have a Diabetes Month and a Heart Disease Month and an Invisible Disease Awareness Month, while we're at it? Just saying....

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I suppose it might be because breast cancer is so prevalent. Since working hospice I've seen so many other cancers........people who overcame it years ago for it to come back, women who get ovarian cancer and are diagnosed at stage IV and barely have time to do anything about it, an alarming amount of young men who get testicular cancer. Unfortunately all cancers do seem to be created equal, they don't respect people who lived healthy lifestyles, gender or age.

I agree, we should be focusing on all cancers and raising awareness.

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