heidi kirkpatrick
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Women as Objects

This work is about how we as a society
Find it acceptable to portray women as objects
Viewed in pieces rather than a whole

I had a friend named Sue
She was young beautiful and full of life
There was something wrong and she knew it
She was scared and in a lot of pain
She tried to ignore it for a long time
We bartended at a topless club in Texas
For fear of what her peers would think
She decided against the surgery at first
Eventually she had her left breast removed
It was too late
The disease had spread
She died of breast cancer at the age of 32
I feel the pressures of our society killed her
I miss her

Breast cancer touches thousands of lives every year

Each year, 182,000 women are diagnosed with breast cancer and 43,000 die

One woman in eight has or will develop breast cancer in her lifetime

Since the death of my friend
Breast cancer has also touched my family
I am very thankful they are all still with us

There is no known cause or cure for breast cancer
Simply being a woman and aging is the biggest risk factor
All women should have regular screenings
Early detection is the key to survival

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