This afternoon I received a message on Facebook:
Someone has proposed that us, GIRLS, do something special in Facebook to help gain consciousness of Breast Cancer. It’s so easy that I’d like you to join us to make it spread! … blah blah blah
What do you drink? blah blah blah
I misread “What do you drink?” as “What do you think?” and didn’t hold back in my reply:
What do I think? I think there is already a ton of awareness about breast cancer. People already know what cancer is. They are already aware of the numerous body parts that can be attacked. Even if they don’t know the difference between in-situ or metastatic cancer, they have a general idea of what cancer is and what’s involved in fighting it.
On the other hand, I’ve posted numerous times about raising awareness of autoimmune diseases – something most people are clueless about. I have not gotten any support at all. Do you click “like” on those posts? Do you re-post so that the people on your friends list have the opportunity to learn about this group of horrible diseases for which there is no cure and no known cause? Did you play in the IAAM scavenger hunt to raise awareness last weekend, as I requested everyone do? Did you let others know about the awareness weekend so they could play or have the opportunity? Do you even know what autoimmune diseases are?
There are horrible diseases deserving of a lot more publicity than something that everyone already knows about.
So, for those fed up with the slacktivist’s “I’m a beer/red wine/champagne/etc woman” FB status, any ideas on how we can generate more publicity for autoimmune diseases on Facebook (or other venues)?