Let me first start out by apologizing for the multi-layered offense I am about to create...I'm just gonna piss somebody off somewhere with this. And, after much soul searching, I accept my fate. But as usual, lack of impulse control caused by MS lesions spurs me onward (at least that's my EXCUSE anyway!). God have mercy on my wretched soul...
Awright...here it is. I've been watching the BoobTube (you will later note, using this word for "TV" is my first offense) this past week and noting the multiple advertisements for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. October IS breast cancer awareness month after all...if you don't already know this, you're living in the dark ages.
I have watched several Ford Motor Company advertisements showing their support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. I watched Rosie O'Donnell from "The View" give away a Ford vehicle, brightly painted I might add, to a breast cancer survivor...Rosie's mother died from breast cancer. Everywhere I turn, women are wearing the wonderful pink ribbon in show of support for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Heck, there's even been a scarf designed and for sale to promote breast cancer awareness...it's very pretty also. I've got Melissa Etheridge's, "I Run For Life" song seared into my brain...she's a survivor also. Even Sheryl Crow is out there promoting awareness...another famous singer and survivor of breast Ca. People are asking me to pledge or walk (like THAT could happen right now?!?) in the Breast Cancer/Susan Komen "Race For the Cure" events...frankly my boobs couldn't make a 5K walk right now, let alone my legs. Everywhere I turn, it's breasts, breasts, breasts.
I gotta hand it to these folks...the PR departments dealing in Breast Cancer Awareness are REALLY good! You just can NOT be aware of this horrible disease anymore if you live in the United States. And my hats off to these organizers and fundraisers as well...WAY TO GO!!! You've done a remarkable job and, as a woman, I thank you for this...I have breasts...thank you for watching out for them/"the girls". My grandmother most likely died of breast cancer (it was a very long time ago and she didn't go to doctors), so I keep that in the back of my mind when I think about this month...I also have a few woman friends who have survived breast Ca and one who died from it. I'VE GOT NO BEEF WITH THE BREAST CANCER PR PEOPLE OR SURVIVORS THEMSELVES.
I suppose I must admit here, I AM JEALOUS of these people...not the cancer survivors, of course (I wouldn't wish breast cancer on anyone, let alone myself!), but of the marketing and public relations folks who have so skillfully gotten the message out there. But, as someone who is LIVING WITH Multiple Sclerosis, I can't help but wonder: WHERE'S MY PARADE????
I have never seen an advertisement on the BoobTube for MS and I live in The Land Of MS...the great Pacific Northwest. We've got a pretty progressive chapter of the National MS Society out here (cause we've got one of the highest national populations of MS!) and they DID start a billboard campaign to raise awareness...this is good. But where's my damn car give away? Where are the movie star family members of people living with MS and why aren't they out there on TV shows like "The View" giving away crap to raise MS awareness? Couldn't the MS Society at least get a car maker like KIA to throw in a cheap vehicle or two for MS Awareness??!!?? Or maybe one of those Smart Cars, except I don't know who makes them because they're so energy efficient they AREN'T MADE anywhere in the United States!
Who's designing MY scarf, pin, or coolio cane to promote MS Awareness? Where did Terry Garr go? Or Clay Walker? And the memory of dearly loved Richard Prior? Why do we only get one WEEK in March dedicated as MS Awareness time? Who sets these standards anyway?
I'm jealous...I said it...I want people out there to know about Multiple Sclerosis and the many MS friends I have that are dealing with THIS disease just like I want them to be aware of the devastation of breast cancer. I WANT MY PARADE.
I will alsoadmit, in my petty jealousy, I have had to look at myself and how I promote awareness about Multiple Sclerosis...besides just being an affected gimp myself. What am I doing to raise awareness? Where are MY charitable dollars going? Who am I speaking to about MS and not just my own, personal case of it? Where has my voice been heard? Have I been doing enough to shake my fists at MS and promote more research, understanding, and a hopeful cure?
I really should be thanking the breast cancer awareness public relations people right now...this Octoberfest of breasts has sparked a nerve in my numb butt to get out there and DO MORE to promote awareness about Multiple Sclerosis and NOT just in the month of March...it may be a one person pompom waving event at this point, but I'm thinking of starting MY OWN PARADE...anybody else out there wanna join the march?