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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Welcome to cancerland

October 22, at 1: Here she was bombarded with comments that advised her to see a counselor, or to find ways to be happy. She wants to be rid of the disease, it was unjustly thrust upon her, with her perfect record and good history.

Cancer Center, click here. The whole nature of the battle of cancer must be under scrutiny while reading this piece.

Since Barbara received her Ph. However, when you really think about it, what did they do that separates them from the survivors. I completely agree with you Gina on this essay being centered around identity loss. Her lack of emotion leads to an interesting read, but allows for questioning about the truthfulness some seemingly ridiculous claims. It is true, many people do make conscious efforts to sugarcoat the entire process, but the fact of the matter is that cancer is cancer is cancer — no matter what color is used to represent it, it is still deadly.


In her article, Barbara Ehrenreich discusses her personal experience with being diagnosed with breast cancer and the journey it put her on, both emotionally and spiritually. This was back in the olden days before I fully appreciated the implications of intellectual property and stuff like that in the digital age.

How can she discourage something so perseverant and individual? Ehrenreich wanted to be able to sympathize with someone about the negative aspects and doubts that were constantly haunting her, instead of masking the ehrrenreich with unrealistic positivity just as I longed for someone to be able to relate ehrenreicu my situation instead of passing it off as no big deal.

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Welcome to Cancerland

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Counting the days that they have lived through since each was first told they had breast cancer. How could a situation like her own possibly be positive? Please don’t send emails expressing dissatisfaction with the moderation process; I am already aware that it is imperfect. One of the main ideas that I felt was very strong was the struggle with identity loss. Filed under week 6.

Ehrenreich definitely takes a ehremreich on the culture of breast cancer that is different from any that I have seen before.


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These same companies, she argues, have also manufactured carcinogenic pesticides that pollute the environment. Like others have said, I too was somewhat irritated with the negativity that Ehrenreich had on the subject.

It is for this reason that she feels that the entire breast cancer trinkets have very little value to an actual cancer patient.

Why would she not want support through tough times? The reader discovers the culture of cancer to be a bizarre right with the narrator. You are commenting using your Twitter account. Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in: That comfort in discomfort from too much comfort is sometimes the best comfort there is.

Welcome To Cancerland

Barbara starts her article with how her struggle against cancer first began. The rage that fuels her insight is as much against human mortality in general as it is against breast cancer in particular. Ehrenreich is stating that this relatively new canccerland of breast cancer has affected the breast cancer community in a negative way.

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