Breast Cancer Awareness (278/365)

by Lee Santiva October. 05, 2019 350 views
In Memory...

In Memory...

In my opinion, topics about deadly diseases have no place in a 365 photo challenge.

It's perfectly fine if someone wants to devote their blog to any illness / disease they want, if it is based on their own initiative. That's their choice.

I object to the fact that the topic of breast cancer was mandated through the 365 challenge. Where will this lead? What other deadly illnesses do we have to look forward to on the 365-challenge calendar in 2020?

A better way to have handled this for a 365-challenge would have been to be more open-ended like: "your favorite charity / cause" and leave it up to each individual, although I would recommend to avoid such topics altogether.

Initially I considered to boycott today's topic out of principle, however, I decided to voice my disapproval as a protest in this blog in order to positively influence the calendar maker(s) to keep the focus on photography topics in the future.

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Björn Roose 1 year, 11 months ago

I tend to agree with you about the fact that it's not really a good theme for the calendar, although I don't mind the fact that it's a disease (not necessarily deadly, by the way: my mother had breast cancer in the early 1990's and is still very much alive and kicking). What I do mind is the fact that we're used for nothing more than a campaign. One of the many campaigns running on the internet and out there.

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Lee Santiva Replied to Björn Roose 1 year, 11 months ago

Thanks for commenting Bjoern and I‘m glad to hear your mother survived. There‘s no need to (mis)use the photoblog  „raise  awareness“. Because everyone participating in the challenge knows the disease or someone who had/has it.
I personally did not want to be reminded of the disease which took my mother and my mother-in-law. I am considered at high risk for it and it makes me angry to have to post about it because I have enough awareness

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Björn Roose Replied to Lee Santiva 1 year, 11 months ago

Honestly, even if nobody knew the disease, there would not be any need to use PhotoBlog to raise awareness. But, of course, when there is such a campaign, it is hardly possible to target it correctly (i.e. towards people not being aware). There's probably little use in campaigning in an oncology departement, but apart from that, a marketeer (and this campaign is, just like any other, ran by marketeers) can't know if somebody is or is not aware of the existence of the disease. The biggest part of the time and efforts spent on this kind of campaign is overshoot.

And the awareness generally only rises when a disease (whatever disease) hits somebody you know and love. My aunt, like your mother and mother-in-law, died from the disease (she had never smoked, never been drinking alcohol, and lived healthy, but didn't make it to 60). After that my mother started to regularly examine herself. A few years later she found "something" and found it early enough to not only save her life, but also her breasts.

Anyway, we just can't live in constant fear of disease and death. If we did, we would stop living all together.

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