Welcome to Cancerland by Barbara Ehrenreich published her essay in “Harper’s Magazine” in November of 2001. Introducing the essay, Ehrenreich stated, “I was thinking of it as one of those drive-by mammograms…” which foreshadowed her breaking news of breast cancer. Though, through the whole process of her so called, drive-by mammogram, Ehrenreich explains her feelings of the external world and her internal mind. She attacks the situation with a mocking sarcastic tone, but also addresses it as a casual pre-experienced memory that she witnessed before through the solicitation of the pink ribbon movement. She detests the thought of the “...photocopied bits of cuteness and sentimentality: pink ribbons...” as well as the cartoons about women with no breasts and the worst of all in her opinion the teddy bears. It could be argued that Ehrenreich essay engages a feminist approach to the sentimentalism of the pink ribbon movement with her flawlessly casual tone, mixed with her ability to capture the essence of what is really happening in the social normality of the movement.
Leading to, the newly factual information that the medical professionals provided to Ehrenreich, she has a sense of self denial. She insisted, in her last act of dignified self-assertion, to request to see her pathology sides herself, which is easily done because of her Ph.D. in cell biology from Rockefeller University. She leads to an exclusive state of mind of let me die before, “...Sticky sentimentalism in [those] Teddy Bear[s].” In the emerging state of mind, that Ehrenreich is brought, she starts posting her thoughts on an online chat site. In shock to find that most women scolded her on her view of the situation and believe that she may need medical help; a psychiatrist to be more specific. Ehrenreich’s essay, was not a pity essay in any matter. It was something more with empowering syntax, which may have came off pessimistic, but in no ways is. The stylistic writing is an honest yet optimistic outlook on the devastating disease.
Furthermore, Ehrenreich took a new stance in her writing by personifying the cells, she expresses; “Maybe this is what my rebel cells have in mind, and I ty beaming them a solemn warning: The chances of your surviving me in tissue culture are nil. Keep up this selfish rampage and you go down, every last one of you, along wit the entire barbara enterprise.” The statement shows a humane relationship like an elder lothing the site of a child and reprimanding them. But, she rebuttals with the fact that cell immortality has happened, in return to her commentary, Ehrenreich ensures that the chances of the genome she possesses to be able to have immortal body are slim, almost nil.
To say the least, Ehrenreich's knowledge on the molecular cellular subject area is not one that is to be taken lightly, she engages in a self debate of the path she should take. Whether, it be the one of the two: lumpectomy and mastectomy. Ehrenreich concludes an interesting view of...