Slide1I am being told that all these ladies bearing their mastectomy chests are brave?  But I don’t get it?  For sure, inform people about the effects of surgery, but is that brave? Accepting life saving surgery is surely just sensible?  Living with it is inspirational, but being isn’t about courage, well not to me. Courage is laying down your life for another?

Where is the bravity,

In bearing it all?

I just see a cavity,

Into which we fall,

The brash of the victim,

Or physical kicked in?

Is honest exposure,

The lure of the maul?

I know that it is all interpretation, and people don’t mean to cause offence.  I am all for showing the reality of survivorship, just not brave!  Brave is for the glorious dead and we are very much alive!

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2 thoughts on “Brave…

  1. I agree with you and think there’s a real danger these ‘campaigns’ set a social expectation of total positivity. It can mean we isolate ourselves when we can’t conform or others have a subconciuos “”permission to see ‘bravery’ as the accepted response. Sometimes we just need to break down and cry and be comforted, not feel like a failure to live up to these media images.@”@lllll..l..l.lllll..l…l…l@””l.”@”.ll

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