She is the protagonist of the epic breast cancer survivor story.
She exists in many iterations; in magazines, advertisements, news stories, and awareness events.
She is a superwoman who courageously, passionately, and aggressively battles disease.
She faces tremendous difficulties.
With style and optimism, she learns from her experience, is transformed, and shares lessons learned.
She is the SHE-RO, the triumphant survivor who fights breast cancer and wins.
Those who do not embrace her have no place in pink ribbon culture.
Cancer Vixen: A She-ro . . . → Read More: The She-ro
I’ve been spending much of my time working with the Breast Cancer Consortium to develop plans, projects, and analyses. One of my roles is to edit the Quarterly newsletter, which has just been released.
Table of Contents The Breast Cancer Consortium, Gathering Momentum! “Our Feel-Good War on Breast Cancer” Patients, Patents, and Profits “Cancer and My Marriage” “Topsail” — New Video by Angelo Merendino, My Wife’s Fight With Breast Cancer The Making of a Peaceful Death The Pink and the Black Rights or Rhetoric? . . . → Read More: Breast Cancer Consortium Quarterly, Second Issue
Today’s Pink Ribbon Blues Contributor is Claire Festel, a writer from British Columbia. Her new book, Remarkable Yukon Women, shares the profiles of fifty women over the age of fifty who were born, or who settled in, the sparsely populated Yukon territory of western Canada. Illustrated with portraits of these women by artist Valerie Hodgson of Whitehorse, Yukon, the book captures the lives of everyday women in a harsh, dry climate with long cold winters and short summers. The written and visual portraits in this . . . → Read More: Carol Murphy – “Lucky to Be Alive”
In October 2009 Suzan was diagnosed with stage 3B inflammatory breast cancer. Her doctors told her that the tumor that engorged her left breast and caused her nipple to invert was growing at a fast rate. Instead of the usual 5 percent growth rate in cancer cells, Suzan’s cells were growing at a rate of 40 percent.
About a week after her diagnosis Suzan met Elizabeth, a student at Texas Woman’s University who was pursuing a Master of Fine Arts degree and a Graduate Certificate in Women’s Studies. Elizabeth’s . . . → Read More: “Blood Lines”: An Exhibit by Elizabeth M. Claffey
Award-winning African American poet Lucille Clifton wrote thirteen books of poetry and more than sixteen children’s books. She received numerous honors for her literary work, served as Poet Laureate for the State of Maryland, and was a Distinguished Professor of Humanities at St. Mary’s College of Maryland where she taught for eighteen years. At age 58, Clifton joined the ranks of the diagnosed, those diagnosed with breast cancer.
In 1994 Lucille Clifton was told that the small malignant tumor found in her breast was . . . → Read More: “the terrible stories”
In October 2010 Sarah Horton, author of Being Sarah, appeared on Radio 4‘s Woman’s Hour with Jennie Murray and live radio interviews on Radio Five Live, BBC Radio Merseyside and BBC Radio Hereford and Worcester. Sarah discussed rising incidence rates, breast cancer recurrence, representations of breast cancer in mass media and pink campaigns, social support, and the need for research into causes. Sarah stated that the realities of breast cancer are being “glossed over” and that the focus needs to shift.
What was most . . . → Read More: Sarah Horton Live
Excerpt from Pink Ribbon Blues
“I am a post-mastectomy woman who believes our feelings need voice in order to be recognized, respected, and of use.” — Audre Lorde, The Cancer Journals
Audre Lorde, African American poet, essayist, autobiographer, novelist, and nonfiction writer, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1978. Six months after her modified radical mastectomy, she began writing journal entries about her experiences with breast cancer. Lorde published an account of her illness in The Cancer Journals in 1980, which included . . . → Read More: Audre Lorde’s Cancer Journals