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I receive emails and also questions from friends and those I meet in the market place. Since I write articles, with a blog I can comment with shorter reactions to ideas, and issues, and you can reply or comment about an issue, spiritual, cultural, and/or anything you’d like to post for a conversation-blog starter. A blog will give you a place to vent (civilly, of course) to a wider audience.

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Pink October
October 1, 2011

Just in case you might think this blog is “sour grapes,” I’d like to share I’m a survivor of breast cancer. About a year ago I was diagnosed with HER2, a more uncommon type than estrogen-based cancer. I was on chemo for awhile, and am still on IVs— drugs to prevent the return of my genetic based breast cancer. In March of this year I had a radical hysterectomy for estrogen-based cancer. So, believe me, I empathize with women who are suffering and have suffered with cancer.

So here’s my take on the pink issue, the continual media blitz, fund raising push for awareness. I AM aware. But, I also would like to know how the billions (trillions?) of dollars are being spent to “find a cure.” Where do all the dollars raised go?

Radiation alone pulls in a approximately 200 billion dollars a year. Simply, that money goes for machines and personnel. How much of that money is designated for cancer, since radiation is also used for other diseases?

If breast cancer is “cured” what would happen to all those employed: doctor specialists, chemo-drug producers, attending personnel, specially designated hospitals, research departments, fund raising businesses, and merchandising (give 5% to research if you buy a T-shirt)? Cancer is big business. Sounds crass, but it’s true. If a “cure” is found, the domino effect, not only on the medical profession, but on our economy as well would definitely be felt on Wall Street.

So, how about shifting awareness to accountability?  Let’s change the color from a weak, soft-colored pink, to a raging, hard-colored magenta. How about a magenta October? A month long push for those who are in the “cure” businesses to accountability?

What do you think?   

 

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On Sunday, October 23, 2011, Judi Archuleta said
Amen sister.....I've wondered also what would happen to all those involved with "curing cancer"...what would happen to them? It's all a big money maker.



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