Posting a red heart on Facebook to support breast cancer awareness won’t do the trick, and Erin Smith Chieze will tell you why. She posted a photo on Facebook with an explicit description of this type of cancer. It soon went viral, and her lemons soon became quite popular.
“In December of 2015 when I saw an indentation that looked like one of those pictures, I instantly knew I had breast cancer,” Erin wrote. “I tried to feel for a tumor, but my tumor was non palpable. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 days later and with stage 4 the following month. A heart did nothing for awareness. I knew what breast cancer was. I knew all about self exams, but a picture of what to look for keyed me into knowing I had a terminal disease.”
She added, “We need to give REAL information, not cute hearts. Without having seen a picture randomly with real information, I wouldn’t have known what to look for. Do us a favor, stop playing games with my life and start truly helping people. Metastatic breast cancer treatment research and real awareness.”
All the red hearts on Facebook irritated to the extent where Erin decided to help people understand the scary truth behind cancer. She posted her story in an effort to save other women’s live. This image supports the Know Your Lemons campaign which was founded by the Worldwide Breast Cancer organization. Individuals from both sexes should use it to do a self-exam.
“PLEASE, stop playing games that do not actually promote awareness, they often cause people to tune out anything that might even mention the word awareness,” Erin posted. “So if you truly want to help people WITH cancer, or those who will GET cancer, share photos like this one.”
Source: Pop Sugar