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
XKCD.com posted a comic strip called “Positive Attitude.” In just three frames, the faceless, nameless stick figures capture a common American experience: the mandate for positive thinking in the face of illness.
1. After telling a service provider that s/he is sick and scared, the provider explains to the patient that having a good attitude is vitally important: “Think positively and you’ll get better.”
2. When the patient starts to inquire about occasionally feeling sad, afraid, or “like crap” the provider interjects that, “If . . . → Read More: On “Positive Attitude”
Sharon Blynn is beautiful. And, she’s bald. Diagnosed with ovarian cancer at the age of 28, Blynn lost her hair to chemotherapy. What was initially an emotionally devastating experience turned into a mission to expand notions of beauty to include bald women. After completing her treatment she started Bald is Beautiful to “flip the script” and show that women could boldly, and baldly, go where few women have gone before. To this end, Blynn targeted the fashion industry, hoping to diversify the images used . . . → Read More: Featuring Sharon Blynn and JaneRA