Two years ago, when I joined the breast cancer club, I was showered with tons of pink ribbon paraphernalia. And, I do love pink and I love a good cause, so I quickly bought into the idea myself. You know, the idea of being a "pink lady" with ribbons all around. I have tons of shirts and scarves and bags with the pink ribbon.
But then, on my second go 'round with breast cancer, my thinking sorta changed. I stopped and thought long and hard about all of this cause business. I thought, "I've been the poster child for pink ribbons. What was the point of all of that?"
So, this is the conclusion that I've come to:
All of the pink organizations are wonderful. They've done a great job of getting the word out that breast cancer is a real disease that affects entirely too many women. They've provided fabulous resources for newly-diagnosed women, and they've created awesome websites to keep supporters informed.
(You knew there'd be a "but", didn't you? :)
But, I don't see any real strides being made to eliminate the disease. Most of these organizations preach the value of early detection. And, I'll admit, less than a year ago, my thinking would've been right on board with them. But, y'all, early detection isn't good enough. Sure, it improves survival, but it's still cancer. It's not stopping breast cancer at it's cause.
Where's the message about prevention?
I mean, isn't it best to never get cancer in the first place?
So now, when I see the pink ribbons, I think, "Those organizations have helped many women find out that they have cancer. They've provided resources to many women with cancer. But, what can we do to stop women from ever getting it?"
This is where your part comes in.
Ladies (and men), you MUST take care of your bodies. You only get one. You must eat foods that our nourishing, stay away from foods that are harmful. Get exercise. Breathe fresh air. Minimize stress. Get lots of rest. Meditate on God's Word.
These are the preventative measures. This is where the real changes happen - not in simply knowing that you caught it early. We can do better. We're commanded to do better.
1 Corinthians 6:19-20 says, "Do you not know that your body is a temple of the Holy Spirit, who is in you, whom you have received from God? You are not your own; you were bought at a price. Therefore honor God with your body."
That's my soapbox for today. :)