Q: Obviously any fight against cancer is highly intense and personal. What’s your take on the Pros and Cons of sharing this journey on social media?
It started as a way to update friends and family because the text messages were just too much to keep up with. It was emotionally draining. Personally, there were more positives to sharing my journey. It was INCREDIBLY wonderful to connect with other survivors when I was first diagnosed. I was only 31 with a husband and 4 year old daughter. At the time I felt alone, but sharing my journey on social media was instrumental in finding other survivors my age. Since then I have made some life-long friendships, but I’ve also grieved for the many young lives that succumbed to breast cancer.
I also want to add, there are times when a break from social and talking about cancer was needed.
Q: How did you make the decision to share your own cancer history with your followers? What response have you seen from your followers?
I know that sharing my journey will help other newly diagnosed women. As a survivor-creator, I want to be that hope on the other side of this long and exhausting journey. My goal is for them to know that there’s another young Mom with kids, a career, and Husband who is going through the exact same thing. The response is always encouraging and I honestly can’t think of one instance where there was a negative response.
Q: What’s one thing you would like everyone to learn and become aware of during Breast Cancer Awareness month?
Do your research on which organizations you chose to donate to. Consider donating to smaller nonprofits who directly help those diagnosed with breast cancer. Many non-profits directly cover expenses for reconstruction surgery, temporary housing, medical bills and even wigs.
Q: How can sponsors, followers, and other creators show support in the online-sphere to someone going through a cancer battle?
I love what Social Native is doing. Giving us a platform to share and educate others does more than just wearing pink on the football field. I also think it’s SO important to raise awareness for other non-profits who directly help those going through cancer.