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Readers Respond: What Does Pink Mean To You?

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Updated October 30, 2010

Pink ribbons are worn in many ways to promote breast cancer awareness. Every October, you'll see pink ribbons on everything from gym equipment and jewelry to pillows and potato chips. Pink is used to raise funds, but it also raises profit margins. And we still don't have a cure! Do you love pink? hate pink? think pink is genuine? or is pink a fake? I'd like to know what you think about all this pinkness. What does pink mean to you?

Makes me feel exploited

I prefer to donate my money directly to the hospital or the cancer centre. I don't need any stuff and I don't like the feeling that I am being hustled. I never told anyone about my breast cancer except my family and my friends here just because, well I want my privacy, but I just don't want the pressure to give, give, give.
—Escribe101

PINK means HOPE

Pink has given women hope to live. Hope that other people didn't give them. It shows SUPPORT, something others don't get.
—Guest stefany

Pink Greed

Pink ribbons makes me think of the Kentucky fried chicken ad where the colonel is playing golf in a pink suit. It makes me think of greed and corruption of the big pharmaceutical companies... It makes me feel like another BC victim that is being duped by big business. It makes me think of Nazi concentration camps during the war.
—Guest nighs

Pink

Pink has never been my favorite color. I do appreciate the big men sport stars that wear something pink to encourage women and create awareness they should be checked.
—Guest Gail Rehm

For All Cancer

My sister has anal cancer. She was given a pandora bracelet by family members while going for treatments. I have searched all over for a charm which was fitting. I found 2 pink ribbon charms and had them wrapped for her. Why can't the pink ribbon represent all cancer? My other died of ovarian cancer. There is no ribbon color to represent ovarian cancer. There is no color ribbon for anal cancer. So much research is needed for all cancer and how to prevent it and stop it completely.
—Guest Darlene Gaffney

pink my favorite colour

i saw a picture written 'october is all about pink' - so i was like: what does it mean? i searched then i knew about it .well.... pink was normally my favourite colour can some one tell me what happens during breast cancer awareness month?
—Guest loren

So Done with PINK!

I think there is enough awareness of Breast Cancer and I think that we are all so Done with Pink! What we need is more understanding of what causes breast cancer--diet, nutrition, toxins and then start figuring out how to deal with those - instead of looking the a "magic bullet" that doesn't exist!
—Guest Mary Born, ND

Pretty in Pink

Although I'm not one who looked good with a bald head and at 116 lbs, scary to me lol. Pink is my color and not just my color - it belongs to a lot of us and I know I am not alone. And no matter how ugly i looked or felt "pink' is a picker upper, can feel like a girl/woman more. Pink is a good color for BC stuff. Pink has "meaning" in my life now, its not just a color. :)
—Guest Norma F Corwin

Pink Means I'm Not Alone

When I see another person with a pink ribbon it lets me know that I'm not alone. Other women have been or are going through this. It's like a giant roller coaster ride. Sort of like we were put inside of some kind of club that we didn't ask to be in. It doesn't just go away once treatment is over.
—planetlucy

WHY I WEAR PINK

I WEAR LOTS OF PINK TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF THIS AWFUL DISEASE. PINK STUFF MAKES ME FEEL AT EASE AND REMINDS ME WHERE I CAME FROM SIX YEARS AGO WHEN I FOUND OUT I HAVE BREAST CANCER. LOTS OF MY FRIENDS CALL ME THE PINK LADY NOW, BUT I FEEL IT IS MY DUTY TO MAKE PEOPLE AWARE OF THE DISEASE.
—Guest LORAYNE DILLE

Pink Means My Daughter's Death to BC

Whenever I see pink, I think of my daughter, Crickett, who died of metastatic BC at age 39 just 4 months after diagnosis in 2006. My niece and I formed a non-profit organization, Crickett's Answer for Cancer, which assists women nationwide by providing them with new, cost-free wigs, mastectomy products, and pampering services to help them feel more like a woman at a time when BC has robbed them of their hair and/or breasts and their self-esteem of being a woman and at a time when many women cannot afford to use money for what they may call frivolous. We don't call these items frivolous; we call them necessary for the well-being and allowing these women to feel good about themselves once again. Visit www.crickettsanswerforcancer.org to find out more about us and about Crickett.
—Guest Bonnie Julius
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