WELCOME TO CANCERLAND A mammogram leads to a cult of pink kitsch. By Barbara Ehrenreich. I was thinking of it as one of those drive-by mammograms. Barbara Ehrenreich: Welcome to Cancerland. In this essay Ehrenreich takes a surprising and somewhat controversial take on Breast Cancer. Barbara Ehrenreich is a freelance writer and feminist activist who wrote the award-winning article “Welcome to Cancerland”, to express her own.

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July 18, at She sees these organizations as businesses that promote breast cancer awareness for their own financial gain. The incessant wave of stories online that breast cancer was a positive and enlightening experience in the lives of women felt like the ehrenreoch slap in the face to Ehrenreich. That line really shows how hard the disease has hit her and hit her hard.

I will not go into that last good night with a teddy bear tucked under my arm. The reader discovers the culture of cancer to be a bizarre right with the narrator.

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As Gina and Raphie mentioned, though she knows that she has no place to say anything to the doctors, she does mind how removed from the situation she is. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published.

Here she was bombarded with comments that advised her to see a counselor, or to find ways to be happy. By continuing to use this website, you agree to their use. I wish you another merry trip around the sun.

This site uses cookies. It dissects the positive messages and encouragement that come with the pink bows and awareness.


Alternative methods for treatment are available; numerous celebrities like Suzanne Somers have also published books discussing their success with alternative medicine in destroying cancer. Hope life is going okay UterusWatch That circles the trip back to that final defeating blow that life bestows upon us. Edition November Leave a comment Filed under week 6 Tagged as Barbara Smuts.

In the beginning, the focus is more about her removal from the minds of the doctors. Just as Susan Sontag dealt with her cancer diagnosis by writing the influential Illness as MetaphorErhenreich vigorously expiated her own trajectory with this articulate demonstration of classic anger.

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I completely agree with you Gina on this essay being centered around identity loss. There should be more sadness, and emotion in her explanation, but she is straightup with us. A breast cancer cure is not in existence so regardless of which path Barbara chose ehrenreichh take with regard to her surgery, she was painfully aware that the death rate for people who have breast cancer has changed little in the last seventy years.

Barbara discovered hundreds of websites dedicated to the issue, breast cancer pamphlets, several books cited within the article, a monthly magazine called Mamm, and she also found out that there are four, nationally supported breast cancer organizations that financially support many programs geared toward breast cancer awareness and funding for a cure.

You are commenting using your WordPress. I wslcome would have read it without your recommendation. Stuffed with facts and background and cold statistics this essay overwhelms the reader.


In the end, Ehrenreich focuses more on her relationship with the cults that are breast cancer societies. About Me Kristen C. I completely relate to this identity crisis that Ehrenreich experiences. Leave a Reply Cancel reply Enter your comment here Throughout the article, she explains how mainstream breast cancer has become useless. The reason that Ehrenreich is so upset at society is that they are not being realistic. October 22, at 7: She spends lengthy time telling the reader of online discussion groups and comments other fighters of breast cancer have been through.

She began to loose control of herself and not because the cancer was too much to handle, but because she felt the treatment and procedures she had to go through were changing her into a different person, someone who she did not want to be. There is really no personal nature to life because once one person gets familiar with it; the biological nature of life is taken from them.

However, when you really think about it, what did they do that separates them from the survivors.

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What hit me the most was the surprising message behind the essay. Numerous organizations exist to support people who have been diagnosed with breast cancer that were not welcomme thirty years ago.

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