I think people have this idea that cancer calls for a type of unattainable, comic-book fearlessness -- the ultimate cognitive dissonance, if you will -- whereas people who are flawed and anti-heroic and who embrace their fears prove to be the most courageous and inspirational of all.
This film urges us to look hard at what charities like Komen are really saying about breast cancer, those who have it and the companies trying to "pinkwash" themselves, insulating themselves from criticism.
I may not know firsthand what my grandmother went through when she was diagnosed, but I know how her loss has affected my mother. I can only hope that my children, and their children, won't ever have to face the prospect of a life with cancer.
If the recent past is any indication of Susan G. Komen's future, you must decide if your personal investment and that of your board members and executive team is more important than the success of the foundation.
Advances in the diagnosis of breast cancer through ultrasound, mammography and breast MRI have helped reduce mortality rates by 25 percent, according to the American Cancer Society. But not for the poor.
"Those are the numbers we're looking for," Gladson continued, "and some day, thanks to the strides that Komen For The Cure has taken today towards providing breast cancer care for only the most desirable candidates, we'll get there."
The news this week that the Susan G. Komen for the Cure Foundation, after years of pressure from political groups, will end its support of lifesaving breast cancer screening at Planned Parenthood health centers comes as a blow to women across America.
I guess since we're members of a club we never wanted to join, we deserve to have our own secret language. Or maybe it's simply because there are literally no words in the dictionary to describe some of the unique experiences that come along with a cancer diagnosis in this modern age.