Does ‘Pinktober’ Glamorize Breast Cancer?

It’s October! ‘Pinktober’ – October is notoriously known as Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Everything turns pink.

PINK + October = ‘Pinktober’ 

The NFL celebrates by having players wear pink cleats, wristbands, and more.  Even some popular buildings ‘go pink.’

What do you think when you see ‘pink’ everywhere in October?

  1. Do you ignore it so you won’t get breast cancer one day?
  2. Do you wish it would all go away?
  3. Do you think breast cancer is all ribbons and balloons and pink fairy dust and a great month of fun?

#1 For Me

I am guilty of #1. I am. I am guilty of ignoring the whole ‘Pinktober’ so that it would go away. I am guilty of pretending that it didn’t exist. You see because I thought if I ignored it and would just get my mammograms and nurse my babies that I would avoid it and have a normal life.  I thought that I would avoid the ‘1 in 8.’ I would not be the ‘1 in 8.’ That’s what I thought about ‘Pinktober’ and all of the pink everywhere.

I didn’t successfully avoid breast cancer. I was diagnosed in December of 2008.

The NFL wears pink socks, arm bands, cleats and hand towels for ‘Pinktober’.

One of my favorite movie quotes from Steel Magnolias is by the character, Shelby. Shelby is getting married and talks about her wedding colors being ‘blush and bashful.’  That’s what I see in October. Everything is ‘blush and bashful.’ We’ve got balloons and we’ve got ribbons that are blush and bashful. The NFL wears pink socks, arm bands, cleats and hand towels.  I am thankful that everyone wants to honor breast cancer survivors but breast cancer is not that glamorous.

Let me tell you about breast cancer:

Breast cancer is evil!

Breast cancer is deceptive!

Breast Cancer is unpredictable.

Breast Cancer does not discriminate…it attacks the:

  • average weight
  •  under weight
  •  overweight
  •  old
  •  young
  •  person…no matter the color of your skin

On TV in October, you see all of the celebrations for survivors. Some survivors are honored by morning shows and others by football teams and they should be honored. But I’m sharing the story behind those smiles. (My story behind my smile.)

The treatment for breast cancer is grueling. The treatment plan depends on what stage the cancer is at diagnosis.

So what do you think? Does ‘Pinktober’ glamorize breast cancer? Let me know your thoughts in the comments. If you know of someone suffering from breast cancer or any other serious illness, I invite you to sign up for my newsletter and receive the free infographic: 25 Ways to Help Someone with a Serious Illness

***I write about my thoughts, my hopes, my soul, my highs, my lows and everything in between. I share my journey through breast cancer and  invite you to read my story in Keeping It Real.

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