Monday was the saddest day I’ve known since I started blogging. In the morning, I learned that blogger Rachel Cheetham Moro of The Cancer Culture Chronicles died following a nine-year struggle with metastatic breast cancer. Later that day, more heartbreaking news. Blogger Susan Niebur of Toddler Planet passed away after a five-year struggle with inflammatory breast cancer.
Both of these women were glorious warriors and contributed mightily to the “solution of the hardest problems” – that of metastatic breast cancer. They refused to go silently into isolation or self pity. They spoke up about the need to prioritize prevention and cures over more and more “awareness.” They made sure we couldn’t look away from the truth about breast cancer – that, after 30 years of “awareness” and two billion dollars of funds raised, women are still dying from breast cancer.
Obviously their work isn’t finished. That’s why it’s up to us to stand in the gap and continue their mission. Do whatever you can. Join the Army of Women to assure that research studies into the prevention and cures of breast cancer will be populated. Donate blood. Check out Breast Cancer Action and METAvivor Research and Support Inc., two of Rachel’s favorite advocacy groups. Find a way to use your voice to continue their fight. Those of us who are still here owe it to them.
Survival > Existence,
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