Ok ladies it’s that time of year again, in support of breast cancer awareness!! So we all remember the first year’s game of writing your bra color as your status?….. Last year was the location in the house where you leave your purse. . .Well this year, it’s slightly different. You need to write your shoe size,( just the number) followed by the word ‘inches’ and then sad face :-(Remember the first year so many people took part it made national news , the constant updating of status reminded everyone why we’re doing this and helped raise awareness!! Do NOT tell any males what the status’s mean, keep them guessing!! And please copy ad paste (in a message )this to all your female friends to see if we can make a bigger fuss this year than the first year!!! REMEMBER post this on YOUR profile, NOT here…..
I received the above message in my Facebook inbox today.
I have an incredibly hard time with these breast cancer awareness games. This year I watched a woman who means the world to me struggle with breast cancer. It’s not a game. It’s not something we should be using to confuse boys and other people on Facebook.
Breast cancer is a terrible disease that people struggle with and die from EVERY DAY.
If you really want to make people aware, why not post some statistics? Why not teach people?
How does posting my shoe size raise awareness that 1 in every 8 women will develop invasive breast cancer during her life?
Does that frown-y face let the world know that almost 40,000 people were expected to die from breast cancer in 2010?
And why are we excluding the men? Though it isn’t as common, men DO get breast cancer, and men can die from it as well. And men deserve to be as aware as women.
I challenge you, whoever reads this, to put a stop to these games. To stand up and say “no, breast cancer is not a game, and telling people my shoe size, my bra color, or where my purse is, is not going to save those who develop breast cancer this year.”
If you really want to make a difference, post some statistics, some facts. Donate to the National Breast Cancer Organization, go walk in your local Relay for Life (or a couple not so local Relay for Lifes, if you’re super dedicated!)
If you really want to raise awareness, do things to make people aware, not confuse them.
Peace, Love, & More Birthdays,
(P.S. I will say, however, that the first year of these games was fairly clever. At least bra colors have something to do with breasts and therefore breast cancer.)