If you are living in America you cannot help but notice that October is breast cancer month. This fervor is fanned by the NFL who masquerade their football players in October in assortments of pink. Officials, commentators and other personnel invariably joined the crescendo. This year the theme is to MAKE A CATCH. The under theme to catch breast cancer before it’s too late.
The Susan G. Komen foundation, catalyst of this pink phenomenon is to be commended. May another woman never catch this awful disease as a result of their efforts and perseverance to bring this awareness in such strong form to the public’s view. Breast cancer affects one in eight women according to the American Cancer Society, and because we sincerely love our women, we should do everything to help them.
Brandon Marshall, The NFL, And Prostate Cancer
It was in this arena of pink that Brandon Marshall of the Chicago Bears team playing last night against the New York Giants…had the audacity to wear green shoes. This jolly good fellow decided to do this in a position for mental awareness, bringing the spotlight in his own way to say mental illness is to be aware of too. This ballsy fellow made his point yes, but was threatened to be fined by the NFL for doing so on the sea of pink.
On that same sea of pink Brandon Marshall scored two touchdowns and will be matching the fine of the NFL to be donated towards the cause of mental awareness.
The Selectivity of Diseases
Before Breast Cancer Month, there was Prostate cancer month. I mean that in a literal sense here as September in fact was Prostate cancer Awareness Month. I have written about this in the past which has been published under the piece A Survivor on this site. I will not bother to beat up my gums here on this horse of a non-starting nature, as comparatively no one seems to listen or to care that much about prostate cancer. Even though the ratio of prostate cancer is higher (1 in 6) than breast cancer is to women (1 in 8) it really doesn’t mean a thing.
The color for prostate cancer is blue and the blue ribbon counterpart to its most illustrious pink ribbon for breast cancer has been unzealously swayed from time to time, and under obscured circumstances in inert fashions.
One would think that the NFL would be the best place to profile this man disease, an arena controlled by men. However it is either that they don’t care or we do not have the strength of gonads to bring them to their knees like the Suzan G. Komen foundation.
It is a little disheartening to see we are living in a society where we can pick and choose a disease that we want to fight for. Some with consequences as with Brandon Marshall, some without. This selectivity of diseases reminds me of the selectivity of peoples for various purposes and the clear lines of demarcation established to extend and propagate that selectivity. In some instances this behavior is appropriately classified as prejudice.
So mister NFL and the other powers that be I have a question for you “Do you have a prejudice against diseases?" Apparently you do.
A Blue Shoe
I do not have a shoe to put on auction like my man Brandon Marshall, or to ask a NFL ballsy guy to wear. However what I can do is to tell my own prostate cancer survivor story so that it can help those who avail themselves of it. I think I have earned that right from the mere fact that I was affected and survived and that I am from the group of men that have the highest incidence of the disease in the world, Jamaican men.
Oh if only I have a blue shoe!
If I have a blue shoe I could ask one of the NFL players to wear it for sure, or even one of the officials or announcers. If I have a blue shoe, I would tell them be prepared to be fined and vilified by opposing forces as they help fight the cause of prostate cancer. I would tell then that they would be fighting a good cause too as they could help save a husband for a wife, a brother for a sister, a father for a daughter. Or maybe that is what I could tell the NFL brass so that they would see that I am still trying to save women too, especially from the emotional and financial implosion of loosing a valuable man.
My Works Continue
I do not have a blue shoe but my works continue. All over prostatecancersvr.com I have dedicated time and effort to bring awareness to prostate cancer. I have no resource to do like the others can, but if I can save one man from this emasculating disease by telling my story, then my work is not in vain.
I did not crawl under the rock with defeatist attitudes when I was diagnosed with prostate cancer, by golly I fought back. I did not keep it private like most people, some of whom are distinguished men who could help.
So then, I shall sally forth. From this little room with my computer and my typing skills I will shine this beacon light so that those who see it may not run aground but will steer clear of the rocks.
I was impelled to document my story of survival in a book entitled Prostate Cancer And Me…Or You, The Two stages (Man To Man) I also found personal encouragement and strength form the thoughts in my head and the emotions in my heart. I have documented and published such in Its On Now and The Face Of Faces. These are available at Amazon.com and can be viewed by clicking this link Amazon Author Central.
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So until no resident will say "I am sick" Isaiah 33:24, and until next time walk good and pack light.