I was watching This Morning last week and saw Kerry Harvey, sufferer of pancreatic cancer) speaking about the controversial advert that is going around at the moment (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/06/pancreatic-cancer-campaign-envy-outrage-breast-testicular_n_4736451.html?utm_hp_ref=uk-cancer). The main headline of the awareness campaign is “I wish I had breast cancer” which has caused a lot of controversy and angry messages, including death threats. However, I feel the reaction is a tad over the top. The advert is not belittling the severity of breast cancer, it is merely pointing out that the survival statistics are much better (http://www.huffingtonpost.co.uk/2014/02/10/i-wish-i-had-breast-cancer-pancreatic-death-threat-no-regret_n_4758479.html).
It’s a bit like me say that I am lucky to have Friedreich’s Ataxia. I realise at first that comment sounds ridiculous, a bit like the cancer statement. However, if you think about this, it makes logical sense. There are loads of worse disabilities to have, cerebral palsy and muscular dystrophy to name but a few. Also, in my opinion, being in a wheelchair is not that bad. I believe not having senses, i.e. deaf or blind would be more difficult to live with, but this might be argued against. Its difficult to comment on these things as nobody has first hand experience of everything.
Sorry for the short post. I’m going to Arsenal in a bit and I’ve been busy with other writing commitments, including writing a post for my football blog (http://ateameffort.wordpress.com). Please like my Facebook page https://www.facebook.com/ATeamEffort and read ATeamEffort if you are a fan of the beautiful game.
Bye for now!