Think Before You Pink!

Consider this a PSA with a brief update:

With Pinktober just around the corner, please educate yourself and know where your donations go!  There will be ample opportunities to donate a dollar for a breast cancer ribbon at a grocery store, or buy $10 a razor with a pink ribbon on it and a whopping 2 cents goes to “breast cancer awareness.”

Then there’s Komen, and while the organization has done a lot for breast cancer “awareness” it’s time to move beyond awareness to ACTION.  Komen proudly announces that they spent $35 million in funding metastatic research over the last six years. That’s great! Millions! Well, wait a minute. This is $35 milllion vs. the $2 billion of the total Komen pie for the last six years. (That’s not a typo: “Billion” is correct.)  Therefore, Komen is spending 1.7% ( round it up to 2%) of the total funds raised for the purpose of metastatic research.  Do most people even realize that Susan G Komen died from metastatic breast cancer?  An early stage diagnosis doesn’t equal a cure.  Even if a woman is diagnosed Stage I or II, there is a 25% chance that she will eventually be diagnosed Stage IV.  I was in that 25%.  I was originally Stage IIa, which is considered “early” and I did everything the doctor said, yet the cancer was smarter and now I’m Stage IV.  Again, there is no Stage V.

At the end of my book Learning to Live Legendary I list “Jen’s Top Ten” of my favorite cancer-related charities.  If you want to have an impact, please donate to one of “Top Ten” or the following:

Metastatic Breast Cancer Network

Metavivor

National Breast Cancer Coalition

UPDATE:

I had my 2nd round of chemo yesterday and thankfully have been tolerating it pretty well.  I have 3 different infusions weekly, and then take 3 oral chemo pills daily.  I’m tired and trying to avoid crowds of people/germs, but for the most part, things are tolerable.

So many of you have been wonderful to offer to help with running errands, play dates, bringing food, thank you!  As we get in to a better routine, I’ll take you up on this, I promise!  In the meantime, if you see/talk to my amazing family, please tell them “thank you” for taking such good care of me.  Not just now, but over the past 5 years.  I don’t give them enough credit, but I really do have the BEST family possible!!

Xoxo

Jen

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