Warrior of the Week: Ann Silberman, Breast Cancer? But Doctor... I hate pink!

Posted on 28 October 2015

Over the past few years, I have met some extraordinary women. Some by chance and some I have reached out to because their story touched me. Ann is one of these women.


Over the years of working on The Brobe, I’ve seen breast cancer do many things. I’ve seen it destroy bodies, stress relationships, and end lives. I’ve seen it cause pain, create scars, and break hearts.

I’ve also seen the women battling cancer make friendships, create communities, and provide support. One of the women I’ve watched bravely share her story in order to help others is Ann Silberman, blogger at “Breast Cancer? But doctor, I hate pink.

Whether you know Ann or have just “met” her on the blog’s “About Me” page, she offers this to women (and men) battling cancer:

If you need help, if you want to talk to somebody who has cancer, who has incurable cancer and is still going, if you have any questions about what I experienced during treatment, all you have to do is ask me.  I am very open about it all.”

Ann is not a doctor and can’t diagnose or treat anyone, but she can – and is more than willing to – openly share her experience, treatments, struggles, and joys as she’s fought cancer over the years. Through photos, chronological posts, a bucket list, and cancer timeline,

Ann meticulously archives her journey “from suspicion to diagnosis to treatment” and is now “living the Stage IV lifestyle.”

Her entries, like a recent one entitled, “Time,” give women in similar situation a personal account they can relate to, and offers people without cancer candid and honest insight into what the fight actually entails. As you can probably guess from her blog title, Ann doesn’t talk about pink ribbons and cutesy fundraisers. Instead, she tells the true story of being diagnosed with mets, or metastatic breast cancer. 

“Lying in these machines, waiting for them to probe through my skin and reveal the secrets lying beneath - to learn whether cancer is growing or retreating, whether I have time to live or it is time to prepare for death - I think. I think about what it means to have this disease take away your life piece by piece, health, job, functioning… but also what it means to be one of the lucky ones who enters remission and gets a reprieve from cancer and gets some of that back.
And then, have it taken away again.”

 

Ann is already a fighter for the surgeries, chemo, drugs, scans, probes, and radiation she endures to live with incurable cancer. But what makes her a warrior is her selfless will to share even the most raw, personal details of her fight for others to find comfort, support, or answers. 

“All we can do is try to do a little good while we are here; nudge the world in a way that we think it should be nudged.”

Ann, thank you for everything you do! We’re always thinking about you. Xo, Allison

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3 comments

  • Gail: October 30, 2015

    I have been reading Ann’sblog for a year now. I admire her strength and humor. Love and prayers from Chicago

  • paula winans: October 30, 2015

    Ann is a living blessing.

  • Judi Gesh: October 29, 2015

    I have know Ann since 1989 and she has been a fighter in so many ways. I am proud to call her my friend.

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