I feel like everybody knows somebody who has been affected by cancer — especially breast cancer. Whether you're dealing with a loved one going through breast cancer or you're dealing with it yourself, you can show your support and love with these powerful Instagram captions for Breast Cancer Awareness Month. Social media is the most common outlet for displays of camaraderie these days, for better or for worse. And who knows, maybe your words will give someone strength, peace, or comfort.
My mom, grandmother and aunt have all had breast cancer — and thankfully, my mom and my aunt both beat it and lived to tell the tale. My grandmother unfortunately did not. But October is a special month for our family because it serves as a month to honor those survivors and those who have unfortunately left us. And it also serves as a very important reminder to encourage friends and loved ones to do self-exams or to get checked by their doctor — and you should most definitely do the same.
Let's also take a moment to remember to please not sexualize breast cancer awareness month. If I see one more "I love boobs" or "save the ta-tas" shirt I'm going to lose my lunch. Those breasts are more than sexual objects. Let's focus on the lives and health of the women those boobs are attached to, please.
Additionally, if you’re wanting to make a donation in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month to an organization that is not so controversial, check out the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, the Dr. Susan Love Research Foundation, Living Beyond Breast Cancer, or any other charities on this curated breast cancer charities list from Popular Science.
When I asked my mom — a breast cancer survivor — for a quote, she said, "Yes, these are fake. Cancer sucks." Humorous, blunt, and to the point. And maybe that's what a lot of people just want to hear. How much it sucks and how crappy everything is — not inspirational quotes. Because it totally is horrible and unfair.
My mom had a double mastectomy to make sure the cancer never ever came back, and I look up to her a lot for her strength and perseverance during that horrible time for still being positive and continuing on. I'm so proud of her and thankful she's still around to be my son's Memaw. Don't forget to tell your loved ones how proud of them you are and how thankful you are they're around this month, and every month — maybe with one of these quotes.