One of my blogging friends has just been diagnosed with breast cancer.
My brother in law died way too young from pancreatic cancer.
Most of us will have been touched by cancer in one way or another, and I think we all understand that cancer is a potential threat to anyone and can strike regardless of age, social standing, fitness or financial standing.
So today I’m going to bring you news of two amazing women who are doing great things to actively raise awareness about the fight to beat cancer, please support them if you can. I’d also like to bring you something a little lighthearted about raising awareness – a funny thing that happened around a silly Facebook status, which ironically gets a lot of search traffic.
I know nobody will read my status but …
“I know nobody will read my status but sometimes, when I’m bored, I get wrapped up in a sleeping bag and lather butter all over myself and slide around the kitchen floor pretending I’m a slug.”
I posted this on Facebook some time ago. I have to fess up. It wasn’t mine. It was a Facebook ‘share linky’ shared by a friend. One of those things you’re asked to pass on if you receive it. I’ve done a bit of research since then and found out that it was first posted by Regina Doherty and it went viral.
Anyway, it was all to do with raising awareness about cancer, and if you read to the bottom of this post, you’ll be able to discover more about the origins of this weird story of slugs, sleeping bags and sliding around on the kitchen floor.
Walking 26 Miles Across London Raising Awareness about Cancer
But better people than me are doing wonderful things to raise awareness about cancer.
My lovely niece Amy is walking 26 miles across London on 26th September to raise money for the struggle against pancreatic cancer which very sadly her father died of, way too young. She wrote to me the other day, and brought back memories which made me cry …
“As you may know, the struggle with pancreatic cancer is something very close to my heart. It’s been a journey which has defined my childhood and illuminated the love and care of so many wonderful people around me. It’s the 10th anniversary of remembering my Dad this year, and we’ve decided to walk 26 miles across London to raise money for the struggle against pancreatic cancer – to stand with those who are suffering with it and their families who it also affects, and to support the amazing work cancer research does in saving people’s lives. I’m walking with Livvy, a close friend, and we will probably spend the 8’ish hours it will take us to walk the route sharing stories of life and love, and we would so appreciate any bit of sponsorship to help us put one foot in front of the other! Thank you all for your love and support! Ames x
Amy’s raised about 83% of her target and only has about another $200 to go,.
Lifestylers any help you could give would be so amazing. Amy’s set up an event donation page here at: Amy Wisenfeld Just Giving
Breast Cancer Awareness Month
October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and one of my long standing blogging friends, the very lovely, Andrea Michelle from Fox in Flats has been nominated the official ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation. Go Andrea!
“My Mum always told me breast cancer can be beaten. In her case she was sadly wrong, as she died from it at just 34. Today though, I’m THRILLED to announce I am an official ambassador for the National Breast Cancer Foundation in Australia National Breast Cancer Foundation Our aim is to raise funds toward research to eradicate this disease. It CAN be beaten Mum. I’m in the ring now and I’ll do anything I can to make your words a reality. x”
Reading her words today also made me tearful. I know Andrea will be an amazing ambassador and I’ll be behind her all the way. I’ll definitely bring you updates about what she gets up to in support of such a worthy cause and I hope you’ll support her too 🙂
National Breast Cancer Awareness Month is a chance to raise awareness about the importance of early detection of breast cancer. It’s a time to think about people who have suffered, reach out, and also think about how we can be more aware ourselves.
The Origins of the Slug Victim status
Now for something a bit daft.
When I reposted that ridiculous ‘slug’ status on Facebook, I suddenly got a lot of ‘likes’ and comments on my profile and people said it made them laugh. However, to go back a step, shortly after ‘liking’ the status on my friend’s timeline I received a message from her saying:
“Dear fellow slug victim, I am sorry. I have lost at this game and now so have you! You liked or commented on my status so you must now post the following message as your status to continue the game for breast cancer awareness month (unless you have lost your sense of humor). you’ve been caught as I have and now need to repost this as your status to highlight awareness for breast cancer.”
Well, I did as I was told.
I also thought long and hard. How was this meant in anyway to raise awareness of breast cancer? Then I thought well maybe it had made me think about breast cancer today and the people I know who’ve been affected by it, and (for me) the importance of getting regular mammograms as I get older. And for sure, being more aware will make me reach for my credit card more often to support worthy causes.
So I duly sent the message off as a couple of round robin messages to my ‘likers’ telling them they’d been ‘had’ and asking them to repost.
Pffftt. Silly thing to do.
Seems I know a bunch of feisty females and I love them. But they weren’t having any of it.
“How will this cure breast cancer?”
Err, I don’t know.
“What a silly thing to send out! Why not just tell people about it!”
Now you come to mention it, yes of course that would be better.
“How does this raise awareness of breast cancer?”
Err, I don’t know.
My feisty female friends of course were right to raise objections and I felt a bit maggot-like. White-ish cream, not breast cancer pink-ish for sure. So although the Facebook thingy got a conversation going around breast cancer awareness, it also goes to show, that really these Forward-On type Facebook Things really do piss people off, and I’m kind of not surprised. Mostly they piss me off too and I do nothing with them.
So how glad I am today to be writing about Amy and Andrea who are doing something solid and real for cancer awareness.
Who started the Slug Status?
If you want to read more about how the whole Slug status started you might like this article from The Independent Irish News. (Although as of Oct 20th 2014 M. Nunley has suggested it was first posted on Facebook by Amber Pringle prior to Regina’s post).
And Finally, Please if you can, make a (little or big) donation to Amy here at Amy Wisenfeld Just Giving Her feet will probably thank you for it if nothing else 😉 and also hop over to the National Breast Cancer Foundation to find out how what you could do to help raise awareness.
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