Don’t Be a Boob

One Wig Stand

We shouldn’t allow these sto­ries to have sad endings.

Breast Cancer is fatal. Chemotherapy is debil­i­tat­ing. Bald women are unat­trac­tive. And most impor­tantly, we shouldn’t talk about all this. These are just some of the stig­mas sur­round­ing breast cancer.

As med­ical research makes inroads towards con­quer­ing once-incurable dis­eases, there should be no obsta­cle between the one-in-eight-women faced with breast can­cer and early diag­no­sis, proper treat­ment, and a nor­mal life.

Nevertheless, there is an obsta­cle: Ignorance — igno­rance of breast can­cer itself and igno­rance of the phys­i­cal and social strug­gles endured by some­one diag­nosed with breast can­cer. And yes peo­ple, it’s called can­cer, not the C-word, that-which-shall-not-be-named, or boo­boo (any­way these days the first refers to some­thing else alto­gether, the sec­ond is Voldemort, and the third is just plain silly even when address­ing a child).

This is where efforts like One Wig Stand play a cru­cial role. What started as a one-girl move­ment ear­lier this year is now gain­ing national recognition.

Awareness is key. Don’t be a boob.

Watch an inter­view (in Arabic) with Loryne Atoui founder of One Wig Stand, read their blog, and visit their Facebook page.

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