I lost an aunt to cancer last year and it was overwhelming because one minute she was here, the next she was gone.
While my aunt didn’t die from breast cancer there are stories of breast cancer cases and deaths across the globe and many cancer victims are taking a stand to spread the word and bare the truth on just how catastrophic and life-threatening chemotherapy can be.
Last October was breast-cancer awareness month and to raise awareness there was a No-bra Day held in the same month. While those who participated revealed their breasts for the whole world to see as their own little way in supporting victims of breast cancer, the real breast cancer victims didn’t find the gesture endearing, saying that no-bra day to them wasn’t supposed to be fun as there was nothing fun about having breast cancer.
In order to drive the point home one woman, Jenn Alter, went on her Tumblr handle to post horrific images on just how bad having breast cancer can be. Her shocking photos showing the devastating effects of breast cancer have gone viral.
She insisted that campaigns geared at making breast cancer look or feel sexy was plain wrong and was finally taking a stand by sharing her journey and ordeal via her graphic images to let those women know that baring their breasts wasn’t in any wasn’t showing support to women who are breast cancer victims.
Back in 2013, Jenn had to undergo thirty-five days of radiation treatment to treat her breast cancer and ended up with severe burns across her chest to show for it. She described the process as extremely painful and wouldn’t wish it upon anyone.
She captioned the graphic and gut-wrenching image, with these words: “Here’s your fucking breast cancer awareness.”
She says she was prompted to post the images to clearly alert women who didn’t have the disease on how severe breast cancer can be and despite how honorable their intentions were, “breast cancer isn’t sexy” at all.
The controversial campaign of No-bra Day has been promoted by well-meaning women all over the world to support breast cancer awareness and show support to victims of breast cancer.
She writes on her Tumblr blog: “It’s not about saving the boobies. It’s not about no bra day, which is really just an excuse for women to post sexy pics of their nipples pressing through their clothes. It’s scars, nausea, pain, bald heads, burnt skin, and broken hearts. If this doesn’t make you ‘aware’ then I don’t know what will.’’
She ends with ‘’Does it make you uncomfortable? It should.”
While she garnered support from the online community others deemed the images as too graphic and asked her to take it down, whereas one woman went as far as calling her a bitch and didn’t need to see the photos.
She responded ‘’I deleted that ask/message from that girl telling me she didn’t want to see my breast cancer pic and that I was being a bitch about the entire thing. The overwhelming response to that picture has been positive. Even though she needs to learn that her words have consequences, I didn’t feel comfortable leaving that exchange up. Yes, she pissed me off, but she’s scared. I know how that feels. We do stupid things when we get scared. I’ve had at least one hundred messages today from people telling me that I have changed the way they look at breast cancer and cancer awareness in general. Holy shit, you guys. I never ever expected this response. Thank you. #breast cancer awareness #breast cancer survivor #tumblr things”
Her posts received over one-hundred-and-sixty-seven-thousand-four-hundred-and-ten notes.
Looking at the image you can tell breast cancer isn’t cool at all and to everyone who’s suffering from the disease our love and prayers definitely go out to you.
Photo Credit, Jenn Alter/Youqueen