I am a breast cancer survivor. I never thought I would get breast cancer at 37. It does not run in my family and I do not carry the gene mutation that causes many types of female cancer. Without a trip to the emergency room and a CAT scan for an unrelated issue, I would have never have caught it early. That is why women’s reproductive health means so much to me. Early detection is key. Hormone related cancers have to be maintained. Without Planned Parenthood many women would not have access to the care they desperately need.
The state of health care is at its infancy and probably at a total upheaval. So where will the disadvantaged or even the middle class go for treatment? Right now, cancer treatment is extremely expensive. I stand by my pink sisters as they have stood by me through the journey of diagnosis through maintenance treatment. And it doesn’t stop there. You then worry about cervical, uterine, ovarian and skin cancers all relating to reproductive health. And I could continue on with the various side effects of the treatments. Women need places like Planned Parenthood for many reasons. And for this reason I march with my sisters to hopefully spare one young woman from a horrible death, sparing her from radical treatments when for less invasive procedures are available. Especially when it is much cheaper to pay for treating the the disease at its earliest stages. I march to save my sisters, mothers, daughters, wives, mothers, cousins, friends, roommates, whoever that person might be. It is that simple.
I also march because I have two daughters. I have two intelligent daughters who deserve to grow up in a country that does not find it acceptable to grab women’s genitals and make comments about their place being barefoot, pregnant and in the kitchen. I want more for my daughters. I want them to know that they are equal to boys and they should never be treated differently. I want my daughters to be able to love freely. To not be afraid to express their feelings. To not be afraid to explore new things. To have ambition to do what they love and to do it to the best of their ability. I want my daughters to know that life is not about being better than everyone else. Life is about being the best you and being happy being the best you possible. I march for them and all young girls who are too young to even know what rights they have and what rights need to be protected for them.
I march for the many reasons too long to report each one here. But the above explain the two important reasons I march for women today. I continue to stand up for women not only here but for women globally.