would raise awareness for a dire situation: mine. It would sanction
I'm drinking a lot of water
lately. But no matter how much I drink, it doesn't help. I called
my doctor and said: "I can't get enough water. I'm worried.
It could be diabetes." "You don't have diabetes,"
he said. "You're thirsty." Shouldn't he test me? I told
him: "I'm drinking all the time and I'm peeing all the time!"
He said I'd be fine, then he hung up. What does he know?
I didn't have the chance to mention the
spot on my lower back that's itched for the first time ever and
has turned dark brown. It may be a melanoma! "Are you sure
it isn't just a freckle?" my friend Liza asked. We were out
to dinner. Sitting next to us was a man wearing an orange rubber
I wondered what it was for. "Whatever
it is," Liza said, "I deserve it more. How about a support
bracelet for being 38, single and alone?"
There's a reason why there isn't a Single
and Alone wristband. Nobody would wear it. I leant over and interrupted
the guy's dinner. "Excuse me, what's the orange wristband
for?" Leukaemia. Okay, we felt bad after that.
There are rubber wristbands in every colour,
all over the world. It can get confusing. In America, a blue band
is in support of ovarian cancer. But in the UK it has the words
"beat bullying" on it. I thought it was a statement
to stop bullying people with ovarian cancer. Then I discovered
it was a separate cause. Lately, it seems a lot of people are
wearing what goes best with their outfit. I saw a woman with half
a dozen wristbands on her arm.
How does she know where to concentrate her
support? How does she know what to wear with them? And if you
wear the wristband every day, it says you're behind the cause,
but the moment you take it off, what does that say? I'm no longer
There's another dilemma: what if you become
attached to a particular bracelet and want to wear it all the
time? Imagine the horror on reading that a cure had been found.
Now there are wristbands for everything,
from favourite football teams to political candidates. But where
are the wristbands for depression? I suppose those are the ones
handed out at the Priory clinic when you check in.
Since wearing a wristband creates a groundswell
of support, I'd like to wear one that goes direct to the source:
me. My wristband would be for raising awareness of a dire situation:
mine. It would be black and it would say: "No hope".
It would sanction wallowing. But it would have to stand for passive
support. I wouldn't want anyone going on Oprah talking about my
problems. I don't want advice. I just want to wear the band, quietly,
in solidarity. It goes with everything.
It turns out that there already is a black
wristband. And you know what it's for? Melanoma. It's a sign.