Are you wondering why gobs of buildings are illuminated pink…and why there is a proliferation of pink ribbons every (f-bomb) where? Well, it is because October is National Breast Cancer Awareness Month.
Prior to my personal experience with FBC (f-bomb breast cancer for new readers), I knew about National Breast Cancer Awareness Month only from the illuminated buildings and omnipresent ad campaigns…then it became personal when on October 15, 2010, I was diagnosed with FBC.
Even though I’m not much of an awareness campaign person (and have a gag reflex when I see a pink ribbon – sorry, but it’s true!), I recognize the value of them.
The truth of the matter is that when it comes to influencing consumer behavior, the more times a message is heard, the more likely it is to have an impact. The same is true when it comes to influencing health behavior. That’s why public health agencies and non-profit organizations often work together to support monthly health awareness campaigns.
So, that’s why there is and will continue to be a whole lotta pink this month.
To begin the month, first please allow me to say that I’m so, so, so sorry if you or a loved one has been touched (knocked out is probably a better description) by this f-bomb disease. Secondly, finding information about it can be, well, daunting (to say the least). So, I thought I’d take this opportunity to share some of my favorite sources for information:
- American Cancer Society: www.cancer.org
- American College of Obstetricians and Gynecologists (ACOG): www.acog.org
- American College of Radiology (ACR): www.acr.org
- The American Society of Clinical Oncology (ASCO): www.asco.org
- The American Medical Women’s Association (AMWA): www.amwa-doc.org
- AstraZeneca HealthCare Foundation: www.astrazeneca-us.com/foundation
- BREASTCANCER.ORG: http://www.breastcancer.org/
- CancerCare: www.cancercare.org
- Men Against Breast Cancer: www.menagainstbreastcancer.org
- National Medical Association (NMA): www.nmanet.org
- The Oncology Nursing Society (ONS): www.ons.org
- Prevent Cancer Foundation: www.preventcancer.org
- Susan G. Komen for the Cure: www.komen.org
When you go to these sites, I know that there is soooooooo much information. Even as a nurse, when I was sick, I found myself overwhelmed on a daily, if not hourly basis. Come to think of it, I was overwhelmed with the thought of making (and then eating!) a piece of toast. Trying to navigate a site with so much can be very challenging.
Please know that if you ever have questions…or need gentle guidance, I’m here to help (to the best of my ability). The Silver Pen community continues to inspire me ever single day which is one of the (many) Silver Linings in my life. I am so grateful to you, dear readers, for your support, encouragement, questions and input. I look so forward to hearing from you!