Your Status Hijacking Game Is NOT About Cancer Awareness

For a while I’ve been seriously annoyed with the types of cancer awareness people choose to have on social media. Amongst the causes I support, cancer is the one that really tugs at my heartstrings. Cancer takes whomever, whenever it wants and too many times ends the ‘relationship’ with a kiss of death. I’ve lost family members and friends to this disease and there is just no stopping it. It is for this reason that I don’t feel that cancer awareness should have a ‘flighty’ campaign.

Believe me with a sense of humour like mine, I have no problem updating my status to: “Just used my boobs to get out of a speeding ticket.” (Heck, knowing me, I’d probably do it real life too.) The problem I do have is that we don’t often discern the ways we go about awareness campaigns.

A few weeks ago I volunteered at the CANSA shaveathon and it was the saddest and most humbling experience. Majority of the supporters were survivors, victims, their familes and friends. I believe that a little goes a long way but at the same time I was made aware how many people simply just don’t care about it. You can’t blame them for it either. Most people don’t feel it unless it’s hit close to home. What I did learn that day is that many people still have the notion that cancer is ‘something that happens to other people’. When in fact cancer does not discriminate against race, age or pedigree.

I could go on and on but the point of this is to share what Dave Luis (who also happens to be my favourite blogger right now) has to say about the social media cancer awareness ‘game’. I hope it gives you some food for thought.

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“It’s confirmed! I’m going to be a daddy” reads a friend’s Facebook status update. Odd wording, but maybe it’s her fun way of saying she’s expecting a baby boy…so I click the ‘Like’ button and type “Congrats!” into the comments.

Seconds later, I get this message sent to my Inbox:

Lol , you should not have liked or commented. Now you have to pick from one of these below and post it as your status. This is THE 2015 BREAST CANCER AWARENESS game. Don’t be a spoil sport, pick your poison from one ofthese and change your status, 1) Diarrhea again?! 2) Just used my boobs to get out of a speeding ticket 3) How do you get rid of foot fungus 4) No toilet paper, goodbye socks. 5) I think I’m in love with someone, what should I do? 6) I’ve decidedto stop wearing underwear 7) it’s…

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2 thoughts on “Your Status Hijacking Game Is NOT About Cancer Awareness

  1. Thanks for sharing this. I know people just can’t, don’t or won’t care about this, and that’s ok, too. What is important, though, is that the message called for awareness, help and hope does not get sublimated into a trivial Facebook game that dilutes the attention it SHOULD be drawing.

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  2. It’s only a pleasure Dave. You’ve stated what I’ve been thinking so many times. I too agree it’s ok if not everyone gets on the bandwagon and whole heartedly supports the cause. Not all of us will ever be on the same page or share the same feelings about anything.


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