Sooooooo, this business about the Susan G Komen Foundation cutting of funding for Planned Parenthood & then reversing that decision has been quite the hot topic this week. I have been a SGK supporter, even before I got breast cancer. Even though some of the things they have done here & there have aggravated me a bit....like when they threatened to sue small, local charities for using the words "For The Cure" in their fundraising efforts. Yeah...they've trademarked that phrase. But to actually have their lawyers go after a tiny, local charity like that? Really? But I got over it & continued supporting SGK, since they were the largest breast cancer charity.
But this most recent move, cutting off Planned Parenthood & then reversing the decision upon experiencing a huge backlash....wow....I can see clearly now the true colors of SGK. What started out as probably a genuine charity organization with a goal of ending breast cancer is no longer that, in my opinion. What it has become is a business. And no doubt the top execs earn lofty salaries. And it just kinda made me fuckin sick that this charity allowed politics to play a role in anything! Politics or religious beliefs should have no place in breast cancer research/screening/treatment. Breast cancer does not discriminate. Breast cancer doesn't give a shit if you're Republican, Democrat, Christian, Mormon, gay or straight. And we've GOT to find a cure. I'm just not so sure that is the Susan G Komen Foundation's top priority any longer.
I'm havin a hard time putting in to words all I feel & think about this....I'm not the most intellectual person. But it doesn't take intellect to know that what SGK did was shitty & it totally showed their true colors. Even though they reversed their decision, I'm afraid the damage has been done.
And I have edited, posted, taken down, re-edited, re-posted & taken this post down numerous times. I'm sure some people find this blog through my epic hair regrowth post I shared over at the SGK Discussion Forums. And then they read this. Yet my posts are still over at SGK. Here's how I feel about that. Whether or not you support SGK For The Cure, I think the Discussion Forum over on the SGK site needs to NOT be a part of all this stuff. Leave the SGK Discussion Forums out of this. So many newly diagnosed women go to that Forum in search of support, advice, & just to learn from all the others there who've been through it. I know I did. And there are always some very knowledgeable & compassionate, experienced ladies there, ready to lend an ear, hold your hand, let you cry...whatever it is you need that brought you to the Forum. And I made some "friends" there that I will probably never meet, but I very much value their friendship & appreciate so much the help, support & understanding when I first landed on the Forum, all freakin out & stuff. So. What I'm trying to say is this. Yes, I'm mad at the SGK Foundation. But I do still wanna help other ladies goin through breast cancer, chemo, havin bald issues & stuff. So I will remain a member of that Forum, & hope that this blog post doesn't get me kicked off or my posts removed.