Shocker. I have an opinion on something.
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I have no problem with that. A cure for Breast Cancer should definitely be found, but so should cures for everything else. BCAM is trendy, it's easy to support, because at the end of the day, it all comes down to boobs.
Breast Cancer is the only awareness month that I can think of. Anything boobs and pink is easy to sell. Great marketing. Great cause. Great people. To make anything top of mind for people, it takes great marketing. Susan G. Komen Foundation has great marketing. I do not hold grudges against BCAM, but do wish other causes had more visibility. TBI and PSTD are close to my heart.
So, I was curious and went to the almighty Google to see what other awareness months are out there, and wouldn't you know it, there are some. Check out this page of all of the months and the tons of causes associated with them.
A few highlights include:
January: birth defects, cervical cancer, mental wellness
March: Brain Injury Awareness, mental retardation, self harm, women’s history
April: Alcohol abuse, Autism, child abuse prevention, sexual assault
May: Brain Tumor, Osteoporosis prevention, skin cancer
June: AIDS, ALS
July: Group B Strep
September: Sickle cell, prostate cancer, polycystic ovarian syndrome
October: Down Syndrome, Lupus
November: Adoption, Lung cancer, Pancreatic cancer
December: None—this could be PTSD awareness month.
It would definitely be overkill if we had something to support, every month, to the extent of Breast Cancer, but I do think there should be more awareness out there. This isn’t your fault, the foundations just don’t have the support.
I’m not quite sure where I am going with this post and my dedication to TBI and PTSD isn’t because I’m a military wife, it’s because I see friends, family and strangers suffer from conditions that are not visible to the naked eye. Yes, Breast Cancer sucks, but it typically does not mess with the mental well being of a human being.
Don’t get me wrong, it would mess with my head if I had cancer, but not like if I had PTSD or TBI. I guess what I would like to be made aware more is that there are injuries and conditions out there that you cannot see. Just because my husband or friend comes home with all of his limbs, doesn’t mean he’s “okay”
I think I’ll step off my soap box now before I piss people off.
On that note, check out Jenn Gibbons – remember her? She’s the crazy lady who rowed 1,500 miles and 2 months around Lake Michigan for breast cancer awareness. Check out my interview with her and then journey to her website!