It's impossible not to know its breast cancer awareness month, with national landmarks fabulous in pink. Journals full of stories of women impacted on by breast cancer and numerous news items. And I am remembering that last year I began to feel a little overwhelmed by it. Bizarre given my job , but true none the less. And I notice in me a reluctance to wear pink , almost as I am surrounded by it, it's my last way to say this doesn't define me.
And as read others blogs and
tweets on the subject I hear their own frustration. One in particular
made a special plea to remember in the middle of all the pink awareness,
that breast cancer isn't a pink and fluffy disease it's hellish and
hard and steals lives for too many people. It's not I'm sure intended,
but the constant awareness raising , without the balance of
understanding the real impact , has the effect of perhaps
disenfranchising those its meant to help.It's hard to escape it
and sometimes you just need to.
So I have worn red and purple too
this last week. Pink isn't the colour of anger or distress and that's
what I feel when I see the evidence of lives shortened, families
struggling, poor care or inequalities in outcomes for people.And its those emotions that drive me to do what i do.....just don't ask me to wear pink, OK?
This week as well ,the
Robert Burns statue at Kilmarnock Cross was given a bit of a
makeover in support of the detect cancer early national campaign to make
women more aware of the different signs and symptoms of breast cancer.
Images of real women’s breasts exhibiting the different signs of breast
cancer were placed on the local monument this week to raise awareness of
the Scottish Government’s Detect Cancer Early campaign amongst people
All good I hear you say, but lets be honest
it’s caused a wee stushie!( NB Scots for a row!) Because the Bard himself was shown with these
images and there are those who fear it dishonours him in some way.
in January on Burns night I wrote a blog when I plagiarised him
terribly in my poem “Tae a Breast” I did apologise to his memory but
pointed out as well, he was aye one to appreciate the subject matter! And
let’s not forget we are still constantly bombarded with images of naked
breasts in the media, except this time it is to help save lives. Using
iconic Scottish images and celebrities is helping this ground-breaking
campaign to maintain momentum and i say, well done!
So perhaps this is a small case of “The best laid
schemes o’ mice an’ men, ganging aft agley.” But would the Bard himself
have had a bit of a laugh…I think so... Will it help to reinforce the
messages of this vital campaign, to let women know that breast cancer
signs and symptoms are more than a lump and ultimately save lives….yes
So lets not be too “Holy Willy” about this and accept that
if we want to stop 1,000 women a year in Scotland alone we need to be
bold. The detect cancer early campaign is that and its also saying
clearly to women “ Don’t get scared, get checked.” It may have caused a bit of a storm in a "D" cup ( thanks to my colleague Myles for that pun!)but in my view its worth it.
Reasons to be cheerful:My friends daughter had a baby this week. She is simply beautiful and i got to go to see her today! a real joy. And Cara is thriving, full of cheek and intelligence.We had to wash her finally and she was unimpressed at first but she does smell better, thankfully. Now, does anyone know how to stop dogs trying to eat snails? ( don't ask!)