It was an emotional experience viewing this news broadcast. It made me think back to last January, #CCAM15. I was already writing for my tealelfs blog last January, however I didn't even make a single post on the blog for January 2015. I had just finished months of treatment, concluding with radiation and chemo, had returned to work, and I was playing the waiting game for a scan. Well the scan came in March, I heard the words "no evidence of any cancer left" and it was time to celebrate. In May when we found out the cancer had returned is when I really picked up writing again. At that point, this blog was still a tool of information, not a tool of advocacy. In July I started to transition to adding in more advocacy pieces to the blog, met with Roche to create a video, and found Cervivor. The evolution of my blog continued from purely an informational tool to an advocacy tool.
Cervivor really kicked off my advocacy efforts! Cervivor School San Diego was a life changing event, I didn't even realize at the time how much of an impact it would have on me. Cervivor also helped me to format my story in to a cohesive message which could be used to reach out to media outlets. After many contacts, I reached out to a junior high acquaintance who is a reporter at FOX59, Larra Overton. She was able to complete the puzzle by connecting me with Jillian Beam and the result was this fabulous Cervical Cancer Awareness Month story for #CCAM16. I am so thrilled to be able to share this important message with you.
Check out the whole story here with community resources for the upcoming Cervivor School Hoosier and Someone You Love screening at Bulter University!