Pink Tolerance - page 3

I've always hated pink. My color was RED, my sister's was pink. Then I had breast cancer. The fateful mammogram was two years ago, and I had my oncology visit at the Breast Center this afternoon. ... Read More

  1. by   Retired APRN
    VivaLasVegas, I know you are not making fun of the disease, and I am very, very sorry if my clumsy writing implied anything else.
  2. by   RNOTODAY
    I just feel there are sooo many other cancers that affect so many people equally if not more, so I do tend to NOT wear pink, for Breast cancer awareness anyway, out of principle.
  3. by   Ruby Vee
    Quote from Aurora77
    I 'm so glad I'm not the only one, but I've felt this way for years. Breasts are sexy. Colons, lungs, ovaries, pancreas, liver, not so much. Prostate cancer is very prevalent (if I recall, it's about as common as breast cancer), but it doesn't get the support that breasts do. As an ovarian cancer survivor, I admit to occasional twinges of irritation with all the pink washing. I'm always thrilled to hear that someone is a survivor, no matter what the cancer, I just wish the support for people with cancer and survivors wasn't so lopsided.
    To be sure, there is an inequity between the money donated for breast cancer and the money donated for prostate cancer. Usually, the inequity in research money is in the other direction: more money for diseases that strike men more than woman. I'm not saying that makes "pinkwashing" fair, but in the greater scheme of things, more money for a woman's disease is not really unfair to men.
  4. by   CWONgal
    I think part of the problem is prostate cancer is a cancer that is "expected" to happen if you live to be an old guy. I've had a lot of cancer in my family and then working w/ cancer patients makes you numb, so to speak. I pulled out a couple of my pink shirts today and felt fatigued just thinking about breast I opted for my blue "Strong, courageous, unstoppable, warriors in pink" shirt today.

    I really find it hard to believe all the money raised goes to research. What really needs to happen is fundraising to help people once they've been diagnosed. There is so much stress in worrying about using up all of your vacation/sick leave, paying bills, etc. The Pink Fund does this and I think it's commendable. We need a system for people with any kind of cancer. It's stressful enough having the cancer diagnosis that so many people don't think of the trickle down effect.
  5. by   msygrnbw
    I always enjoy reading your posts. I feel like I have learned a lot from reading your insights.

    I have never been a fan of pink, but I am a huge fan of health awareness. And for that reason, I am happy to see more pink around to raise breast cancer awareness. On the rare occasion you may even see me sport a bit of it!