Feeds:
Posts
Comments

Posts Tagged ‘metastatic breast cancer’

You may be wondering is there really a pink sea; Google it and see what comes up. The truth is there is no Pink Sea, but today is October 1st and you may be experiencing a Sea of Pink. Today begins Breast Cancer Awareness Month. The use of the color pink has brought enormous attention to the Breast Cancer community. It has become defining, creating a community of those diagnosed with breast cancer, those living beyond breast cancer, and their families.

I was in Houston in April at the annual conference of the Arts and Health Alliance. While I was in town walking the main road an army of pink passed me. They were in the midst of their annual Avon Walk for the Cure. Women, men, and children all wearing pink to show their support for the Breast Cancer community.

The color pink linked to the breast cancer community has created a link and a way for community members to show their connection to the community. It becomes more prominent this time of year when buildings change out their white bulbs for pink bulbs shining a pink glow against their buildings in support. Pink ribbons are in full bloom like a field of wild lavender. It’s truly amazing that an illness has gone beyond the diagnosis and has created a community of hope, inspiration, and education.

The breast cancer community has created a culture and that’s not an easy thing to do. They have brought together the medical community, the corporate community, and individuals for a common cause. We’ll see a month filled with news stories about mammograms, treatment updates, and news of new medications such as Perjeta (a drug given FDA approval this past week).

You may not be a fan of the pink culture. Barbara Ehrenreich, noted author, is anti-pink. On an NPR interview she was clear that she didn’t want to be buried with a pink Teddy Bear. She doesn’t want to be defined for having an illness. She may not want to be defined by the pink culture, but it has served many raising money and pressure to find a cure and new treatments.

It doesn’t matter if you support the pink culture. It does matter that you support those facing Breast Cancer and all other illnesses. Perhaps we can find ways for other illnesses to find a culture that will help make their need more notable!

Are you or a loved one facing Breast Cancer?  Looking for education, support, and inspiration?  Visit http://www.survivingstrong.com

Want to heal through art?  Visit http://www.timetolivecreatively.com

Follow me on Twitter: @GregKatz2

Advertisements

Read Full Post »

It came as quite a surprise when I heard about the death of Elizabeth Edwards.  I had followed her story from her primary diagnosis and was always amazed at how she dealt with her illness.  I must admit I thought she said a horrible example at the start when she knew she had a lump, but waited till after the election to go to the doctor.  We all know that time is of the essence when cancer is the diagnosis.

When we learned that her cancer had returned and was metastatic; her ability to be positive, hopeful, and purposeful was truly inspiring.  Her concern for her children was admirable.  Even the news reports about how she was a “mother to the end” when she left the children a letter was very touching.

What can we learn from Elizabeth Edwards?  First and foremost was that when horribly stressful events/toxic events enter your life extricate them from your life.  This was the case when the news broke of John Edwards affair and child.  Elizabeth Edwards knew that this type of negative energy would not benefit her body’s ability to heal.  She removed that stress to the greatest extent possible.

I’m still a bit confused about the final news stories about her decline.  Day one we hear she stopped all treatment at the recommendation of her doctors and the next day she was dead.  I wrote a post about hospice in November and here’s a case where hospice would have been helpful and that would have been a wonderful example to set for others facing end-of-life decisions.

I want to thank Elizabeth Edwards for sharing her story.  I want to thank Elizabeth Edwards for her courage.  I want to thank Elizabeth Edwards for living a full life with metastatic disease.  I hope if you’re diagnosed with a life-altering illness that you follow the lead set by Elizabeth Edwards and live life fully while you can.

Read Full Post »