Why Komen Makes Us “Krazy”

For most of us Metsters, we have either a tolerate-hate or hate-hate relationship with Komen. Here’s why Komen makes it hard to support their efforts.

From a recent FB post by Komen:

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When some Metsters took offense, comments were made to “quit being so dam bitter…”

Here is my response:

In an effort to help understand some of the negative reactions to this post, I implore you to read the MBCAlliance Metastatic Breast Cancer Landscape Analysis: Research Report October 2014. For those of us diagnosed with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer (MBC), there is no cure. MBC is the cancer that kills. 40,000 men and women will die in the U.S again this year from MBC. The median survival after an MBC diagnosis is 3 years. That survival rate has not increased meaningfully in more than 20 years. So, if you wonder why these types of campaigns can be insulting to us, frankly, it’s because we are DYING. And, only 7% of the total breast cancer funding is spent towards MBC research. Obviously, all support to those diagnosed with breast cancer is appreciated, but let’s implore Komen and other BC organizations to spend money to CURE breast cancer and not minimize its impact with inane images. http://www.avonfoundation.org/assets/images/2014/mbca_full-report.pdf

Other stupid and offensive campaigns by Komen have included:

“Doing Our Bit For The Cure”

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Yes, fracking and breast cancer go hand-in-hand!  But likely not for the reasons Komen was trying to present.  I’m sure this really “upped” awareness.

And let’s not forget the Komen partnership with KFC a few years back.  Because shitty nutrition helps prevent breast cancer!

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C’mon Komen!  You’ve successfully helped raise awareness about getting a mammogram, self-exams, and convinced many to eat spoonfuls of the rBGH hormone ridden yogurt so we could mail in the lids – now can we aim at actually CURING breast cancer?

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*rBGH is a genetically engineered artificial hormone injected into dairy cows to make them produce more milk. Despite opposition from scientists, farmers and consumers, the US currently allows dairy cows to be injected with recombinant bovine growth hormone (rBGH), also known as recombinant bovine somatotropin (rBST).

Gooooood Morning Vietnam… OK, maybe not!

I doubt I’ll have much of a broadcast career in my future, but I am happy to share my story on the Melanie Young radio show this coming Monday, August 17th, at 2pm (MT).

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ABOUT THE SHOW: Fearless Fabulous You! airs live Mondays, 4 p.m. EST on W4WN Radio – The Women 4 Women Radio Network and on demand at http://www.iHeart.com under Shows & Personalities. Host and Health Coach Melanie Young, author of Fearless Fabulous You! and Getting Things Off My Chest, interviews inspiring women and experts health, wellness and nutrition and careers.
Show Date: Monday, August 17, 2015 4pmEST
Name of Guest: Jean Sachs, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, Peggy Valdez Olivas, Jean Burns
Focus: LBBC’s mission and education and support plus addressing 1-2 issues for anyone living with breast cancer or caring for someone who is living with breast cancer.
Here’s how to listen, or you can download and listen later:
Listen Live: http://www.W4WN.com
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Keep your fingers crossed for me!