a boob and a shit head

from saffronwaldenboobiebellion page on facebook

You may have to click on the image to be able to read it.

The image above is taken from the Facebook saffronwaldenboobiebellion page that I caught sight of over Al’s shoulder last night.
In case you can’t be bothered clicking the link – a woman suffering from breast cancer and under going chemo therapy goes to her local Tesco in Saffron Walden wearing a hat that looks like a breast…I imagine it’s like one of the pro-breastfeeding ones that have been doing the rounds of social network lately. She was wearing it to raise awareness of breast cancer in the hope that people may approach her and ask why she was wearing such an item.

What she probably wasn’t counting on was another woman telling her she ‘found it offensive’ and when it’s purpose was explained the offended party butted in and told the wearer that ‘maybe she should stay at home until she stopped looking like a sick freak’.

Understandably the wearer ended up in tears and went home her positivity shattered.

Totally shit.

It takes guts and gumption of so many kinds to step out of your house when you have cancer… not least because you’ve lost your hair and need to wear something to cover the baldness – but also because much of the time on chemo you feel like seven shades of shite and are susceptible to all manner of infections as your immune system is destroyed by the poison pumped into your system to kill the cancer.

Your body no longer feels your own, your own body has attacked itself for an unknown reason and is then attacked again by the medical profession… literally a war is being waged at cellular level and all you can do is ride the wave or die..and sometimes that’s AND die.

Maintaining any level of positivity is a test of sheer bloody mindedness and the fact that the woman in question wanted to use her own experience to help raise other peoples awareness is laudable… quite often ones sole urge is to just get your head down and get through it.

I’ve no message for the woman who found a hat so offensive… she wouldn’t read my blog anyway.

But what you can do is donate some money to a cancer charity today. (Obviously breast cancer is what this story is all about but breast cancer actually gets more than its fair share of publicity) – how about something for colorectal cancer, the second and third most common cancer in women and men respectively…and the fourth most common cause of death by cancer.

But it’s one people don’t like to talk about as it involves poo and bums and dark back passages.

Maybe I’ll knit myself a great big turd hat and go to Saffron Walden Tescos.

NB. my own cancer was a non-hodkins lymphoma which is fairly uncommon but breast cancer and bowel cancer are two of the most common cancers and as I said above one of them gets far less publicity than the other.

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