Lately, I’ve been seeing friends on Facebook post things like this:
I decided that I’ve had enough of this sort of ridiculousness, and posted this.
I’ve had no recent run-ins with the law, my bodily functions are just fine, I have enough toilet paper on hand to supply a small village, and although we would have loved to have given Peeper a little brother or sister, it wasn’t in the cards, and I would never, ever make joke about that.
Looks like it’s that time of year again, and I’m feeling uncooperative, so instead of posting a bogus status update to trick you into a silly “game” that is somehow suppose to increase “awareness” of breast cancer, I’m going to say this:
First of all, in 2014, how are we possibly in need of breast cancer “awareness?” We all know that breast cancer exists. Hell, in a few weeks, the entire grocery store is going to turn pink. We are well aware of breast cancer, and even if we weren’t, a “secret” Facebook game certainly wouldn’t change that.
If you want to post something that might actually help your friends to be more aware of breast cancer, ask if they’ve had mammogram lately, or if they do regular self-exams.
Share links to information about breast cancer risk factors. Here’s one.
Do your research and donate to a charity who is going to use your money smartly and efficiently to make real change. This might be a good place to start.
Or think locally, and find an organization supporting breast cancer patients in your town. If you live near us, here’s a good choice (link to local breast cancer alliance).
Know someone who is currently undergoing treatment for breast cancer? Call her up and ask what you can do to help her and her family. Can you drop off a meal? Babysit a kid? Make a grocery run?
Am I doing all of these things? Of course not, and don’t expect you to, either. But I am posting this, instead of some silly untruth in the name of “awareness.”
And if I do even one thing on this list, and you do one thing and your friend does one thing, then maybe, together, we’ll actually make a difference.