Sunday, October 3, 2010


Okay, so I'm sure if you haven't already noticed, you will soon. October is Breast Cancer Awareness month, and pink is bound to be popping up all around you soon. As October was approaching, and I began seeing the menagerie of pink ribbon merchandise, I began thinking deeply about this whole idea of Breast Cancer Awareness. And, I think I've earned the right to give my two cents worth on the topic (Perhaps, you disagree :).

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. :)


Julie Adams Gray said...

Weird you wrote about this... My friend and I were talking about this yesterday about certain diseases in general. We were talking about the eye disease my boyfriend has and then we got to heart attacks and then we got to cancer... We want to know why the money can't cure it... It simply has to be about taking care of ourselves and yes, detection and yes, a cure... but, following with your soapbox... Why can't we figure out how to dodge the bullet of ever having to get any of these diseases? I'm totally with you.

Julie-CA said...

You're right. I encourage you to talk with them about your concerns and opinions. They just might support you in contributing your own branch to the pink ribbon cause - a nutritional support branch. Maybe write a book about it, or to start, maybe a poem or just article and submitt it them.
You have both experience and time (with the month being October) on your side as you stand up high on that soapbox of yours, with great hope for to be heard. So bust out Lindsey! Our Lord has done great and mighty things in you and have no doubt these great things are meant to extend THROUGH you as well.