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to get naffed off with the raising breast cancer awareness frippery?

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ChaosTrulyReigns Fri 18-Oct-13 18:05:27

Fecking FB. angry

Tbh, I'm a bit irrational about it, having been touched signifcantly by BC recently, so my view may be skewed, but how on earth is I like it on the doorknob going to raise awareness in any mindful manner?

There's a photo of lemons in an egg box with clues to changes in breast tissue that are worth looking out for. Now that's worth sharing.

And raising money by running, cakes, whatever - worthwhile as well.

But stuppid inane posts? Meh.Wanky.


AnaisHellWitch Fri 18-Oct-13 18:18:23

I have been getting some stick for my replies this year.

It's the handbag one again at the moment. I secretly hope that some of the nastier people get their bags stolen from their house as a consequence blush

HereComesHoneyBooBooDragon Fri 18-Oct-13 18:18:55

Oh Chaos ((cuddles))

Cancer makes everyone it touches because it is a bastard.

Maybe next year we'll do our own counter campaign to the innuendo.

Donate a £1 to a cancer charity then share this status.

HepsibubbleCauldronToad Fri 18-Oct-13 18:19:55

Those 'chain mail' type bollocks give me the rage. I received one once and promptly deleted that person.

I've had cancer (not BC, but cancer nevertheless) and raising awareness should be exactly that, not some childish fucking shite full of oh so (not) hilarious innuendo. Anyone who posts that shit is, frankly, a plank. A woodworm riddled manky plank.

<may be quite passionate about this>

usualsuspect Fri 18-Oct-13 18:21:28

Fair enough.

ChaosTrulyReigns Fri 18-Oct-13 18:23:06

That HP article is really useful, thanks Fright.

Yes, Hineyd, donate a bloody pound rather than talking tosh is a much better plan.

Thanks yuo lot.

HepsibubbleCauldronToad Fri 18-Oct-13 18:23:33

And, AND, if you want to raise awareness for cancer charities, then get off your fucking arse and do something you lazy cunt. Posting a pathetic FB status/chain mail/innuendo bollocks is NOT going to raise anything other than 'WTF are you on about?' shit.

<maybe needs to shut up now>

GreenTeaDrinker Fri 18-Oct-13 18:23:45

YANBU I finished my treatment for BC less than a year ago and a friend posted odd things on fakebook which made no sense... then I realised that they were some bc game. Very odd, and very crap.

I think she thought that by posting it she was telling the world how she "supports" the "cause". This was the same person who, when I told her I had just been diagnosed with bc, wailed to me down the phone about what would she do if I died shock

So yep, great awareness raising there. I am totally with you on this one, it's total and utter bullshit.

[Gets coat]

ConfusedandDazed24 Fri 18-Oct-13 18:24:41

Thanks Chaos. thanks

AmazingBouncingFerret Fri 18-Oct-13 18:25:28

Yes, yes a thousand times yes. Funnily enough I had a message in my inbox but haven't seen any status updates. I think if I did I'd comment underneath each and every status with a link to donating to cancer research or similar.

AnaisHellWitch Fri 18-Oct-13 18:25:37

GreenTeaDrinker shock angry

ChaosTrulyReigns Fri 18-Oct-13 18:26:41

Oh, GreenTea.


ChaosTrulyReigns Fri 18-Oct-13 18:27:34


All my sane friends live in Mumsnet.

Thanks for all the swearysense.

weak smile

AmazingBouncingFerret Fri 18-Oct-13 18:30:10

Chaos, I have come to that conclusion too. smile

candycoatedwaterdrops Fri 18-Oct-13 18:35:50

I hate the <giggle giggle< don't tell the menz! Cause men don't get breast cancer, do they?! Nor love someone who is affected by breast cancer?

Thisisaeuphemism Fri 18-Oct-13 18:38:39

I like it in the hall. Lol

Oh is this the wrong place?

I agree, it's v odd.

HereComesHoneyBooBooDragon Fri 18-Oct-13 18:39:08

Although I do think we should listen to Aunty Usual, a bit.

Meh. Is the only correct response to the majority of wanky things on Facebook.

TondelayoSchwarzkopf Fri 18-Oct-13 18:39:34

YANBU and when this subject comes up I always recommend Smile or Die by Barbara Ehrenreich which kicks off with an analysis of the pinkification of breast cancer and her alienation from that culture when she was diagnosed with BC.

ChaosTrulyReigns Fri 18-Oct-13 18:40:34

ABF grin

candycoated - that's a really important point - it mentioned it in the HP article. It's kinda the giggly girly twee crapola of lets keep it between the gurlz that;s irking me as well.

specialsubject Fri 18-Oct-13 18:42:10

all the 'awareness' stuff for ANYTHING really annoys me. As does anyone who thinks social meejah does anything at all.

BTW to donate to charity, do so directly. All the sites takes 5%. Those godawful plastic bracelets and bags of sweets just generate litter and only donate tiny amounts to charity.

Thisisaeuphemism Fri 18-Oct-13 18:43:58

Mm, and last year, when I first saw it, I felt like everyone was part of a hilarious big joke that I didn't get - took me right back to school it did.

This year I know it's crap.

PollyIndia Fri 18-Oct-13 18:54:44

I have been thinking about this as I have always thought that posting te colour of your bra or where you leave your bag is just a bit of a rubbish viral thing and does nothing to raise awareness. Then a friend with serious breast cancer asked me to do it. Instead I have changed my profile picture to the breast cancer awareness month pic for the rest of the month and put a link up about donating and where to read more. Am I being churlish in this do you think?

PollyIndia Fri 18-Oct-13 18:55:55

Though specialsubject, social media is a really valuable way to raise money. I raised £9k for guide dogs when I did the marathon and I reckon without the power of Facebook, the sum would have been a ninth of that.

PollyIndia Fri 18-Oct-13 18:56:28

Chaostrulyreigns that is exactly it

BOF Fri 18-Oct-13 19:00:18

I don't think you're being churlish at all, Polly.

flowersinavase Fri 18-Oct-13 19:04:08

It's not just FB: every single magazine I have read recently seems to have a special 'section' devoted to breast cancer, as well as 'all pink' fashion shoots.

Firstly - there are other cancers, so why the focus on this one (other than it's boobs, giggle giggle)?

Secondly - breast cancer has been linked to things like being overweight and drinking too much. Why is that hardly ever mentioned? If more people exercised, breast fed and drank less, breast (and other types of) cancer cases would decrease. Prevention is better than cure

[obviously not all cases and I'm not in any way saying people have 'caused' their cancers, but clear links have been shown in some instances]

Thirdly - cancer is not glamorous. It's horrible. Trying to make it sexy is sickening (I've had cancer. Losing all my hair and 20lb in 6wks did not make me look sexy: it made me look like someone from a concentration camp).

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