A Rant about cancer “awareness” on Facebook

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Every so often (Well, more than that. Like every other day) a status update will pop up on my Facebook feed that says something like this:

Please do me a favor. Only some of you will do this and you know who you are. If you or anyone you know has battled (or died of) cancer put this up as your status update for an hour (or some other bullshit time limit). I hope all of my friends will post this, but most of you won’t.

Or something to that effect.

OR, even worse, I will see a vague message from my female friends, a secret code that only “we” are supposed to know about and that is supposed to make the men wonder what the fuck drug we are all on. Example:

I am eleventy billion weeks and craving Tootsie Rolls

Or what have you. I still don’t know what THAT one is all about. I was told this was supposed to be about Breast Cancer awareness. But how does this make anyone aware of anything? Except how fucking inane my Facebook feed is?

And let’s talk about cancer awareness. I don’t know about you but I could spend a great deal of time counting how many people in my life – directly or indirectly connected to me,   have died of cancer. As you know (if you read this blog) I watched somebody I love die of this horrific disease. I saw it completely ravage his body in the year before he succumbed to it. I fucking am VERY AWARE of cancer. Thank you very much.

So may I suggest, instead of posting vague status updates and inane copy and paste messages, that you actually DO SOMETHING worthwhile about it? Like maybe donate to cancer research? Here is a good place to start:

National Lung Cancer Partnership

And if Lung Cancer isn’t your thing here is a list of other cancer charities that might be:

Runners World: Cancer Charities with a Running Connection

4 thoughts on “A Rant about cancer “awareness” on Facebook

  1. Just stumbled upon your blog post. I LOVE what you said, and as a young woman with cancer, I couldn’t agree more!! DO SOMETHING!! I wish more people would get this. Thank you for your words.

    Take care,
    Allison (be-not-afraid.org)


    1. Allison, thank you so much for stopping by and reading my post! I am so glad you agree. And I am so sorry you are struggling with cancer. I read some of your blog and liked it. I want to read more of your story. I will send healing thoughts your way. xo.


  2. I am sorry for your loss. The post you refer to is in remembrance of those that have lost the battle and for those that are still fighting. Through this post these victims of cancer know that people care for them, pray for them and hold them in our hearts.


    1. Hi Peggy. I am aware of this and, as someone who has lost someone from cancer, I find it inane. It’s slacktivism. Instead of spamming your Facebook friends DO SOMETHING CONSTRUCTIVE like donating to a cause, or even actually praying ON YOUR OWN TIME. Why do you feel the need to advertise that you are praying, anyway? It’s nothing but spam and it’s irritating.


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