A week ago, a woman named Erin Smith Chiez shared this on Facebook.
In the past few days, I have received quite a few private messages about a “game” going around where you post a heart, then you are secretly supposed to state it is for breast cancer awareness. This is my response to all of these messages.
Someone once posted a picture on Facebook of what breast cancer can look like. Not feel, but look like. In December of 2015 when I saw an indentation that looked like one of those pictures, I instantly knew I had breast cancer. I tried to feel for a tumor, but my tumor was non palpable. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 days later and with stage 4 the following month. A heart did nothing for awareness. I knew what breast cancer was. I knew all about self exams, but a picture of what to look for keyed me into knowing I had a terminal disease. We need to give REAL information, not cute hearts. Without having seen a picture randomly with real information, I wouldn’t have known what to look for. Do us a favor, stop playing games with my life and start truly helping people. Metastatic breast cancer treatment research and real awareness.
PLEASE, stop playing games that do not actually promote awareness, they often cause people to tune out anything that might even mention the word awareness. So if you truly want to help people WITH cancer, or those who will GET cancer, share photos like this one.”
Because breast cancer is near and dear to my heart, having had family members with breast cancer, and my own personal scare a few years ago, I thought it would be IRRESPONSIBLE of me not to share the above photo for WORDLESS WEDNESDAY.
So, I asked the good warriors at KnowYourLemons.com and WorldwideBreastCancer.org if I had their permission to use the above image for you, my inspired, empowered and smart audience to educate us all on what breast cancer can look and feel like. They happily gave me permission and also said the following to me:
“Yes please share it on your blog! Can I ask that you encourage readers to donate to the campaign too?I want this campaign to keep going so support is greatly needed!”
So I promised them that I would not only spread awareness and knowledge, but also transmit their request for actual dollars.
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I found the above picture very helpful, and here are two more:
Happy Hump Day, ladies, and please make sure to #KnowYourLemons. Please share this.