I know I mentioned in my last post that in my next one, I would be sharing some tips on how to build up one’s body image and self-image post cancer diagnosis, but that will have to wait. I just returned from a wonderful visit with dear daughter and dear son-in-law in sunny California (gosh, that was a nice beak for so many reasons) and learned there was an event called Stomp Out BC Monday planned for today. Read more about it here and watch a video here. I am super excited about this event and decided I just had to write a post about it today. How could I not? The self-image post will be up tomorrow, so stay tuned.
A couple of incredibly driven women (both stage 4) whom I am delighted to be getting acquainted with, Beth Fairchild and Susanne Kraus-Dahlgren, collaborated to bring an idea of Beth’s to fruition. Determined to be heard, they devised a brilliant plan, aka Stomp Out BC Monday and Project Hashtag, with the goal of bringing more focus, and ultimately generating more research dollars, specific to metastatic breast cancer research. Their idea is to pummel the internet/social media venues for a day with informational posts, tweet messages and images using the hashtags, #MetsMonday, #BCKills and #DontIgnoreStageIV added. When hashtags are used extensively on social media, they are considered to be trending and this is a big deal because it garners more attention to causes. I am thrilled that “my hashtag,” #MetsMonday, is one of the chosen hashtags with which to do some of this internet pummeling. (When choosing which hashtag(s) to use, I’ve been told it might be better to go with one or two).
When I first started my Mets Monday efforts over two year ago, one of my goals was to try to get as many others involved as possible. I wanted anyone and everyone to join in by taking one day a week to share primarily mets related stuff on her/his social media account pages. Of course, it’s not like I (or anyone else) only think about and share about mets topics on Mondays, but I
needed wanted a simple and easy to remember campaign name for this particular effort. Admittedly, I worried about it sounding trite and even patronizing. I asked some metster friends and they all assured it me it was neither.
So this #MetsMonday I will say what I say every #MetsMonday:
Read something. Write something. Say something. Share something. Do something to help others better understand metastatic breast cancer.
Read a metster’s blog. I have a list on my mets page. If you are a metster with a blog, let me know if you want to be added. I am more than happy to do so.
Share a blog post or article about metastatic disease on your social media account page(s).
Check out the exciting new site, Live From Stage IV.
Talk with a friend, neighbor, co-worker, or whoever will listen about what metastatic disease is. I am always amazed by how many people do not know what metastatic even means. This is a BIG FAIL of breast cancer awareness campaigns in October and all year long.
Visit Project Hashtag for lots of fantastic images (thank you, Christine Fields) to view and share.
I am asking you, my dear readers, to share this post. Click like on the button below. Tweet it. Share it on Facebook and elsewhere. If you do choose to share, be sure to use one or two of the hashtags: #MetsMonday, #bckills, #dontforgetstageiv and #bcsm. Of course, you can use other hashtags, too, but please include at least one of these.
Join me and so many others in helping to get the topic of metastatic breast cancer “trending” and not just today, but every #MetsMonday. Because…
Breast cancer awareness without mets awareness, isn’t awareness at all.
What will you do today to help others better understand metastatic breast cancer?
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