With the exception of skin cancer, breast cancer is the only visual cancer.
Imagine yourself in a crowded mall. Can you pick out someone who has lung cancer? Can you see someone with colon cancer? Do you know which shopper has pancreatic cancer?
But, you CAN see a breast cancer patient who has opted out of reconstruction.
Let me make myself clear... this is NOT a post judging a woman's choice for reconstruction or not. I chose to have reconstruction myself after a mastectomy and it failed.
This is about a power we have.
Breast cancer has become an awareness more about breasts than it has become about cancer. It's become a cash cow. Save the tatas, save the boobies, rockers for knockers, i heart boobies, save second base, etc.
We are the only cancer patients/survivors who are able and capable of taking control of this awareness.
It's not easy. We have all been molded somewhat by our breasts. It's part of our sexuality. It's a part of our being. We've all heard someone joke about how "my eyes are up here".
It's not easy for me to write this or for me to practice what I preach. But, I'm obnoxious (sometimes), and abrasive and I'm standoffish. I want to make a stink and I want to bring attention to myself but I don't like to bring attention to myself.
I just wish I could find this shirt in pink.