I was taking care of this elderly woman today with fallopian tube cancer for a port placement and chemotherapy and accompanied by her daughter. I should have ran as soon as the daughter started calling me "Nurse Stephie". Anyways, the patient was very sweet but her daughter was absolutely nuts. From the time I introduced myself until the time they walked out of the department, she was up my rear end! While I was starting the patient's IV, the daughter was on the other side of the bed holding her mother's hand. She looked at my badge clip (a breast cancer ribbon) and told me that I needed to get a new one. I explained that I have a soft spot for breast cancer because my mother is a survivor and two of my aunts had lost their battles from it. Well, this lovely woman was quick to tell me, "Well, there are other types of cancer. Don't you think it insensitive to support only breast cancer?" I was at a loss for words and there was a period of silence before she said, "We have breast cancer in our family too, but I don't ever wear those pink ribbons."
I left the discussion at that because I was ready to let this lady have an earful. Little does she know that I am a volunteer for the American Cancer Society and Leukemia and Lymphoma Society and participate in several cancer walks throughout the year. I just happen to have chose a breast cancer badge holder for the reason mentioned above. Thank goodness I didn't wear one of my pink ribbon jackets today!
However, I have never in my life received a complaint about a badge holder, and I taked care of mostely blood cancer patients. I am very appalled that someone had the audacity to comment on this in the first place and to then go on an on about it. Some people should just stay quiet and keep their opinions to themselves. I don't care if it's a patient or family member!