Earlier this week, several Facebook users posted hearts on Facebook to spread Breast Cancer Awareness. Erin Smith Chieze, a one of the users, pointed how spreading hearts won’t help cure breast cancer.
In this age of social media where sharing photographs and ‘spreading hearts’ is what awareness has come down to, it’s high time we started taking diligent steps to make people aware of the cancer threats.
One such Facebook user shared a photograph that will help you know if you have breast cancer. The photograph is essentially a bunch of lemons:
Erin wrote in her Facebook post: “In December of 2015 when I saw an indentation that looked like one of those pictures, I instantly knew I had breast cancer,” she wrote. “I tried to feel for a tumor, but my tumor was non palpable. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 days later and with stage 4 the following month. A heart did nothing for awareness. I knew what breast cancer was. I knew all about self exams, but a picture of what to look for keyed me into knowing I had a terminal disease.”
She continued, “We need to give REAL information, not cute hearts. Without having seen a picture randomly with real information, I wouldn’t have known what to look for. Do us a favour, stop playing games with my life and start truly helping people. Metastatic breast cancer treatment research and real awareness” .
It’s time people stopped indulging in activities like ‘sharing hearts’ on social media and promote activities that spread REAL awareness and actually help the ones suffering from breast cancer.
More power to you, Erin!