• Today a good friend, whose famiy is battling breast cancer, posted a link to my FB page asking people to turn FB pink for a week.

    Asked by Queen_Tatiana on Wednesday, October 10, 2012

    Today a good friend, whose famiy is battling breast cancer, posted a link to my FB page asking people to turn FB pink for a week.

    Given that I hate any cancer I carried the link forward, and the first person to respond to me commented, "Everyone is aware. How about a week to go over ways to reduce the risk? A lot of people don't know there are things they can do to lessen (though not eliminate) their personal risk."

    I don't like the response yet I'm not pinpointing why. Am I making too much of this? I like the person that made the comment, just don't like the comment. Opinions?

    3 Answers from the Community

    • teddyfuzz's Avatar

      Hi Queen_Tatiana. You probably don't like the comment because there is a little bit of annoyance behind it. I think the person who made the comment wasn't trying to be negative - they were just trying to point out that "awareness" doesn't help battle breast cancer. You can be aware that you are in danger but unless you take steps to reduce your risk, awareness doesn't really matter. Don't take her comments personally - I think she was just trying to suggest that advancements in the treatment of breast cancer may be better served through research and not awareness. It's your Facebook page and you can post whatever you want to. Don't let what she said bug you. We're all on the same side here. *hugs*, Jamie

      about 4 years ago
    • Cindy's Avatar

      I think the person who responded probably thought it would be better to provide information on how to be aware rather than just saying "be aware" by turning FB pink which is logical but he/she said it in a negative/critical way rather than giving helpful suggestions on how her/himself or asking you or others how. I think some people don't realize how negative they sound when they write some things. Since you like the person, I would suggest ignoring and forgetting about the comment. Or, if you feel generous, post some websites that provide suggestions on reducing the risks of breast cancer.

      about 4 years ago
    • leepenn's Avatar

      I can understand the comment annoying you. It certainly seems that the pink campaign inspires many cancer survivors and their friends and their families.

      I'm not one of them. In fact, I get very angry about it. Many companies market pink things in order to make money, and not one cent goes into research. The pink campaign is about awareness... and awareness is important. But even more important is quality research and access to the health care that will get a person treatment.

      So, I make sure my friends and family know that I am not into the pink thing.

      But, you are not me. You are you.

      So, I guess my recommendation is that you simply ask your FB friend. Perhaps that person has some insight... or maybe you can share that there are aspects of PINK that you find comforting or inspiring. Maybe you can both have an honest conversation and even become a little closer for it. At the very least, maybe you can understand where your friend is coming from... and your friend can understand where you are coming from. After all, friends can discuss and disagree and still be friends... yes?

      Hugs. I hope you are able to feel better about this all!

      about 4 years ago

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