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The biggest things in my life that always seem to pop up this time of month is the stupid Facebook Memes and "buy this and proceeds go to research" crap. Have you ever stopped to think about where this money is going, or what you are really buying? Have you ever stopped to think about someone suffering from the fight against breast cancer? How does a woman who has had a double mastectomy fill in the blank of what color her bra is?
I have always thought these Facebook Meme's were stupid for several reasons. What do vague sexual innuendoes do to support a cause? Who gives a crap where you keep your purse? Also, you would be surprised to hear the amount of men out there fighting breast cancer as well. Not because their wives have it, but because they do! Sorry but bras, purses and the color pink do little to help men. Today, I was shared the link to a few different articles and blog postings that really struck me.
Susan Niebur is an Astrophysicist, mother of two and blogger, that is battling cancer for the third time. Earlier this morning I was directed to a letter she had submitted to Salon.com about this whole Facebook Meme of bra colors and purse locations. These games have really romanticized something truly devastating. Susan writes in her letter "Cancer is not pretty. It's not pink. And it's definitely not flirty. It's a deadly, bloody, nasty disease, and it's killing me." As someone that watched her grandmother die from cancer and lupus, I can completely agree. No Facebook status update is going to change that.
One of the ways people can really help is stop thinking about "Awareness" and start focussing on action. Start with yourself. Touch your breasts. Examine yourselves! Schedule a mammogram, especially if you are over 40 and/or there is history of this disease in your family. Speak up. More and more men are finding out they have breast cancer when it is too late. Men and women alike, if you notice something weird about your body tell someone! Last but not least, donate! Whether it be your time or money, give something worthwhile to cancer research. Participate in studies in the area, online surveys, Relay for Life and monetary donations, but be smart!
In this economy, no one can afford to be just throwing money away. I have never bought something in a store or online just because it was pink, of had ribbons on it or said "proceeds go to cancer research". October and the earliest week of November seems to be the time of "pinkwashing". Hell, they even have the NFL in on the act. After posting the link to Susan's letter to Salon.com. I was referred to her personal blog and her views on both the Bra Color game from facebook last year and how little you actually donate from grocery store product pushes, Cafepress support t-shirts and other pinkwashing schemes.
So before you decide to post "where you like it" or to buy that $25 shirt "in the name of awareness", think about what you are really supporting. I introduced one of thousands of other cancer survivors and fighters that feel just like she does. If you want to help someone, think about something that will really make a difference!
I know alot of you on my friends list have grown up Riding, Camping and just Loving Carnegie SVRA. Many of you have also heard that Judge Frank Roesch of the Alameda Superior Court to ruled to close Carnegie SVRA on December 29, 2009 to all OHV activity. Thanks to every one who was able to make it out to Carnegie on the 28th of December, one of our favorite places to ride will remain open until at least January 11, 2010 when the case will be heard.
To learn more about the case, efforts to fight closure, and what you can do to help check out the Carnegie Forever website. The petition can be found at http:
If you have a facebook account you can find a Save Carnegie group at this link:
Be sure to pass this along to everyone you know that can help support the fight to save Carnegie SVRA!!
So I figured since alot of my friends now, havent been around since I first got my journal, I figured I would do something of the same sort. Just like a 411.
SO here goes...
Name: Ashley Marie Armstrong
Birthday: September 14, 1987
Age (just in case you cant add or are too lazy) : 19
Location: Grew up In Antioch, Ca (roughly an hour east of SF) Lived there for 17 years and Now I am in Flagstaff, Az for college.
Family: I have 3 sisters and 1 brother. 2 years ago in May, the most influential person in my life, my Granmother, passed away and left me in a new place. My mom was pregnant with me at 15 and had me 9 months later at the age of 16. My biological father is often referred to as my "sperm donor". I thought you all should know just you dont tihnk I was a test tube baby.
Username: I used to know this kid and he always told me that I was spunky and that I was upbeat. So when I created A new Screen Name I came up with Spunkymxr914. One because I was spunky, two because I grew up racing and riding dirtbikes. And lastly, 914 is my birthday. So when It came time for me to create a username I just modified that screen name.
Journal Style: Semi-Friends Only. Its pretty much filtered. Some posts are okay for everyone to see. and Some arent. Default setting is friends. But it tends to be broken down even more than that, once on the inside
Random facts: sometimes I type correctly and sometimes I dont. Alot of times i just type and however my fingers hit the keyboard is how the words come out. I speak my mind and I ususally dont give a damn. Im also allergic to bananas and coconut. I have a myspace too. www.myspace.com/spunkyash
I have gone through alot in my life and not even the half of it is listed here.
Any Questions? Just Ask!
So I cleaned up my friends list. If I removed you as a friend could you please do the same. After this post I will not be posting any other public posts so it would be pointless for you to keep me as a friend. If you really want to still be friends, comment explaining why. Thanks.
Once again its that time to gather the address for those of you that would like a holiday/Winter season's gretting Card.
So If you would like one Leave your contact info here. Comments will be screened and will be deleted when I get my list made. </p>
Cory: "Just put it this way, by this time next year you could be married and be a mommy if you wanted"
Ashley: "Are you serious about that?"
Cory: "Yeah I've been thinking about it alot lately"
Ashley "For real this time?"
Cory: "I promise if you were out here then yes for real this time"
Ashley: "Are you willing to wait until I can move out there. Are you willing to wait until I gradute in a year and a half?"
Cory: "Its not like you can't visit and you can't spend the summer here"
Ashley: "Where would I stay?"
Cory: "I dont know yet, It was just a suggestion"
Ashley: "If this is gonna happen I want it to be for real. I want it to be serious. I want you to be serious about it"
"You're a Christian, aren't you, son?"
"Yes sir," the student says.
"So you believe in God?"
"Is God good?"
"Sure! God's good."
"Is God all-powerful? Can God do anything?"
"Are you good or evil?"
"The Bible says I'm evil."
The professor grins knowingly. "Aha! The Bible!" He considers for a moment. "Here's one for you. Let's say there's a sick person over here and you can cure him. You can do it. Would you help him? Would you try?"
"Yes sir, I would."
"So you're good...!"
"I wouldn't say that."
"But why not say that? You'd help a sick and maimed person if you could. Most of us would if we could. But God doesn't."
The student does not answer, so the professor continues. "He doesn't, does he? My brother was a Christian who died of cancer, even though he prayed to Jesus to heal him. How is this Jesus good? Hmmm? Can you answer that one?"
The student remains silent.
"No, you can't, can you?" the professor says. He takes a sip of water from a glass on his desk to give the student time to relax.