I just learned that our beloved sister in mets Shelli Gibbons, author of The Dirty Pink Underbelly, died. I don’t have any words, really. I’m crying too much. I would like to leave you with Shelli’s penultimate post, dated October 1, 2013, “Dirty Pink Truth“.
Dirty Pink Truth by Shelli Gibbons, R.I.P.There is no cure for breast cancer.Breast cancer kills when it metastisizes,(i.e. spreads to vital organs).30% of breast cancers diagnosed will metastasizeand 5-10% are metastatic at diagnosis.150,000 Americans are living w/ metastatic breast cancerand 40,000 will die this year…of metastatic breast cancer.AND YET…Approx 3% of cancer research funds are spentresearching metastatic cancer…the one that’s killing us.“Cancer is not a ribbon,a screening test,or a leisure activity.It is not a sassy t-shirt,a proclamation of survivorship,or a gift worth giving.It is a disease.”-Gayle Sulik, M.A. PhDA disease that still kills.A disease that kills virtually as many people today as it did in 1975.This is not progress.Early detection does not necessarily save lives.Mammograms are not prevention.It isn’t cute. It isn’t inspiring. It isn’t pink.