Spreading awareness about certain issues, like breast cancer, takes more than just posting red hearts on social media. So one woman took matters into her own hands to explain that we need to be sharing helpful, factual information rather than “cute hearts” to encourage men and women to conduct self-exams.
Erin Smith Chieze reposted an infographic of lemons, which details what breast cancer actually looks like. She also shared how she found out she had breast cancer after coming across this photo — the post has since gone viral.
In December of 2015 when I saw an indentation that looked like one of those pictures, I instantly knew I had breast cancer. I tried to feel for a tumor, but my tumor was non palpable. I was diagnosed with breast cancer 5 days later and with stage 4 the following month. A heart did nothing for awareness.
Chieze also said, “PLEASE, stop playing games that do not actually promote awareness, they often cause people to tune out anything that might even mention the word awareness. So if you truly want to help people WITH cancer, or those who will GET cancer, share photos like this one.”
This photo was created in conjunction with the Know Your Lemons campaign by the Worldwide Breast Cancer organization.
xx, The FabFitFun Team