BCAM: October 1st

MY FAMILY…KNOWS THIS TOPIC INTIMATELY.

No Half Measures

Breast Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM) has begun and today I want to address why this is a difficult month for those of us living with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC). The sad fact of the matter is that BCAM has been traditionally overtaken with the pink-wearing, boa wearing, bra-on-the-outside-of-the-clothes wearing, hooping and hollering, dancing and celebrating early stage survivors. Thus, the over-arching narrative peddled by all and sundry is about the triumph over breast cancer and the pinkwashing of a disease that is terminal/fatal for those of us who are Stage IV.

I’d like to lay out some of the reasons that BCAM sends those of us who are Stage IV either to vacillate on the spectrum between isolating ourselves from social media for the month or become enraged and spend time challenging retailers for the month; I’m sure no one can guess which one I tend to default…

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About Jonathan Caswell

Poet, author, servant of God the Heavenly father and the Lord Jesus Christ...working out his salvation with fear and trembling. - Not trusting in his own deeds, but depending totally upon the finished sacrificial work of Jesus Christ to be, by God's reckoning, a new creature, clothed in Christ's righteousness...which mortal humankind can never attain by their own weak efforts, apart from faith in Christ's work on our behalf. - College-educated, yet wise enough to see that what a man does will not be his ultimate identity nor affect how God sees him or her. - Called by God to do a very difficult thing...apart from God's grace, mercy and strength...to love the sinner (which we all--by nature--are) but hate the sin, which is only paid through Christ, God's Son, - My own God-given gift is that of being a Poet..showing that in all parts of life...God has a loving part in it...as hard as that is to always understand or perceive...given life's realities! Come join me on my journey of discovery?.

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