October is National Breast Cancer Awareness month.
It seems odd that in the 21st century we would need a reminder of such magnitude. But sadly we still do. In some communities breast cancer is still a ‘hush-hush’ subject that brings shame and isolation. But even here in America there are many women who skip life-saving screenings either because they’re too painful, or too expensive. It shouldn’t be this way.
That’s why it’s so cool to see Twitter awash with #pink conversations where affected women and healthcare experts are talking about their experiences and encouraging other women to think about their own health.
I especially love what GE Healthcare is doing with these conversations. They created a stunning visualization to capture streaming breast cancer conversations live from Twitter. Their goal is not only to raise global awareness by sharing personal stories but also to encourage early detection through mammographies.
One of my favorite stories captured by GE Healthcare is ‘Fighting for Two’. It’s about a woman who started her fight against breast cancer at the age of thirty just days after learning she was pregnant. Within months she had lost a breast, her hair and her job.
But her message is even more remarkable, “Breast cancer has given me more than it took away…On the date that should have been my final round of chemo, I instead gave birth to a healthy baby girl, Serenit. Unlike me, Serenity had a full head of hair.”
I encourage you to check out this and other compelling stories on GE Healthcare’s website or simply join the conversation on Twitter by following the hashtag #pink or #breastcancer.
Over to you: Do you think these Twitter conversations on breast cancer are helpful? Please share your thoughts in the comment box below.