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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Ehrenreich is stating that this relatively new view of breast cancer has affected the breast cancer community in a negative way. These same companies, she argues, have also manufactured carcinogenic pesticides that pollute the environment. It seems that while cancer patients want to believe that there is more than the defeating battle of cancer, maybe barbaa the ash falls there is nothing left that remains the same.

But her research and depth that she has reached in this subject persuades me to rethink the breast cancer culture and community.

Edition November What is this thing? The incessant wave of stories online that breast cancer was a positive and enlightening experience in the lives of women felt like the proverbial slap in the face to Ehrenreich. But our narrator wants to not feel helpless, she wants to know what causes the disease and is frustrated that so many members of society accept hope as a solution to the problem.

The pressure is on, from doctors and loved ones, to do something right away — kill it, get it out now. D in cellular immunology, she understood how cells are shaped and how they function and knew how to illustrate these cellular terminology and knowledge to readers.

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Presenting the facts in a descriptive way, without emotion. However, when a young man or woman is still shining full of life, and life deals one cancer, it becomes excruciatingly difficult to believe in our invincibility. She is cancerlans and cold towards these type of people. Ehrenreich, being an intelligent woman in a harrowing situation, knew the odds, ins, and outs for her situation, ones that hardly solicit optimism.


Why would she not want support through tough times? January 8, at Even from the moment of diagnosis, Ehrenreich harbors more anger and resentment than fear and sorrow. She points to the teddy bears, ribbons, and crayons among other items and states that these objects and ideas bxrbara come with them are wrong. Yes, it is horrible, and painful, but it something that she dealt with and is history.

In this mindset everyone wins. How can she discourage something so perseverant and individual?

Welcome to cancerland

Ironies notwithstanding, few women would be willing to forego mammography or adjuvant chemotherapy. You are commenting using your Facebook account. This essay was hard for me to wrap my head around.

They found it, let them fix it. I found so much of the research to cloud my initial perception of how the author was feeling. Please don’t send emails expressing dissatisfaction with the moderation process; I am already aware that it is imperfect. Filed under week 6. She quickly discovers it is inappropriate and taboo to discuss breast cancer in a self-defeating way and rather it is more accepted to remain upbeat, happy and feeling beautiful.

I absolutely loved this essay. This site uses cookies. Faster at G mail Follow IBlame. She wants to be rid of the disease, it was unjustly thrust upon her, with her perfect record and good history.

I will not go into that last good night with a teddy bear tucked under my arm. Like others have said, I too was somewhat irritated with the negativity that Ehrenreich had on the subject. How could a situation like her own possibly be positive? Stuffed with facts and background and cold statistics this essay overwhelms the reader. That line really shows how hard the disease has hit her and hit her hard. Thank you, once more, You are commenting using your WordPress.


The fear she went through when the radiologist will not answer any questions about what they may or may not have seen on her mammogram results was apparent and the length of time she had to wait to get her mammogram results bothered Barbara as well.

October 22, at 5: Barbara also points out how one should be careful in her celebrations, because a cancer can always return somewhere else or in a different form, causing the same if not more damage. You are commenting using your WordPress.

That circles the trip back to that final defeating blow that life bestows upon us. Your Personal Problems S.

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Welcome To Cancerland

The reader discovers the culture of cancer to be a bizarre right with the narrator. Throughout the entirety of the essay, Welcome to Cancerland, I could hear the frustration and anger of Barbara Ehrenreich, in some parts louder than others.

She decides to cling to herself and her identity until the very end, refusing to bring that dreaded pink ribboned teddy bear with her, and implicitly encouraging affected women everywhere to do the same thing. Barbara and her peers remember the people who had succumbed ehrnereich the disease with candle light vigils.