Not Supportive of Frivolity

It’s black.

I like it behind the front door.

I’m 16 w and craving skittles.

What???

Last year, I questioned what these facebook status updates were about and was told I was “not supportive of breast cancer research.”  I have walked in (and donated to) every Susan G. K.omen walk in our area for many years. I gave time, money, food, and pick me ups to a former manager (and her family) who bravely fought breast cancer.

Is is 2011–is anyone NOT aware of breast cancer?  Do cryptic statements help anyone learn anything? Do they help breast cancer survivors get the treatment they need?

Not supporting random statements does not mean I do not support breast cancer treatment. (This blog post was written by a friend of mine and re-sparked my annoyance at this topic.)

I also know how “trendy” breast cancer research is right now.  Not to diminish the fight that any woman (or man) is fighting against breast cancer–but they are certainly not the only ones fighting.

When the Susa.n G. K.omen walk took place last year there was media coverage from every local news station.  Reminding women of the importance of mammograms and early detection. When the NAMI walk took place last year not.a.single.station. covered it. No one reminding the community of the treatment available, the lack of parity in insurance coverage, the high cost of mental illness.

Breast cancer is important–40,598 women die from breast cancer every year, more minorities than Caucasian women, and early diagnosis and treatment leads to much better outcomes.  Cancer is number two killer of women, breast cancer is the number ten killer of women.

Mental health is also important–at least 34,000 people die from suicide every year. Depression is the leading cause of death for people ages 25-34 years old. Minorities have less access to good diagnosis and treatment–which leads to much better outcomes.

I will continue to support people in ways that I think are actually supportive.

Let’s look for ways to truly support all of the people who need support–not just the ones who have a “trendy” disease. The ones who have the diseases we are afraid to talk about because it hits a little too close to home.

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About EratMama

30 something midwestern gal, married to another 30 something midwestern gal, conquering depression, rockin' foster parent.
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One Response to Not Supportive of Frivolity

  1. Little Bean says:

    Excellent post. I felt that way about “Live Strong” bracelets, too!

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