YOU ARE CORRECT…IT IS UNCOMFORTABLE PERHAPS BECAUSE OF MY FAMILY’S EXPERIENCE WITH CANCER—AND MY OWN BEING THREE TIME CLOSE TO DEATH—I FEEL IT MORE.
Today is the ONE day during Breast Cancer Awareness Month allocated to those of us who are Stage IV. When I was diagnosed, I was astonished to learn that we get one day. We are dying 365 days of the year, 24/7, and we get ONE day in all of October?!
Frankly, it feels like just one more slight, one more way that the powers that be can sideline those of us who are the elephant in the room. By being present, we remind everyone of their mortality. By being present at the table when breast cancer is discussed, we remind those who want to categorize breast cancer as the easy cancer, that there is a dark side. By being vocal, we make lots of people uncomfortable. By asking that someone pay attention, we force others to be reminded of their own mortality.
I get it.
No one wants to…
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