As another New Year gets underway, I’ve been reading a lot about resolutions and goals; I’m sure you have been too. You might even be growing tired of reading about such things. I hope not, though, as I’ve got a post coming on this too…
One thing I plan to keep on doing this year is advocating for increased awareness and understanding about metastatic breast cancer, including the need for further research.
I’m driven. How could I not be?
I started blogging over two years ago now primarily to share about my own breast cancer experience, as well as the topic of loss and grief, among other things. Blogging is about sharing. We bloggers tend to bare our souls. This is part of the reason why the bonds between bloggers and readers grow to be so strong, at least in the breast cancer blogosphere. This is also part of the reason why every new mets diagnosis and every loss matters to all of us. In a very real sense, we are all in this together.
Somewhere along the way in this blogging gig, I turned into an advocate of sorts. This wasn’t in my original plan. Now I realize it was really part of the plan all along, I just didn’t know it at the start.
My friend Rachel of The Cancer Culture Chronicles helped bring out my inner advocate. In fact, she pointed out this very thing to me herself. One of the many things she taught me was to push myself, to step out of my writing comfort zone. Rachel’s advocacy sparked mine. I continue to learn from her voice even now.
And then, of course, there is my mother’s experience with metastatic breast cancer. Since it was her experience, it was also mine, partly so anyway. I remember everything about that time. How could I not?
We’ve made some pretty substantial progress of late in bringing metastatic breast cancer out of the shadows thanks to the work of many. Check out my Mets page for some great mets resources and also for a list of blogs written by individuals living with mets. If you are living with mets, writing a blog and would like to be added to this list, let me know.
This brings me back to Mets Monday and why it matters, to me anyway.
Part of being a #fearlessfriend is also being a #fearlessadvocate. (These are Twitter #BCSM hashtags. Here’s a link to learn about #BCSM).
I want Mets Monday to be another safe haven for anyone, with or without mets, to share, learn, vent, rant, cry, advocate or just lurk. I know it’s a small “campaign.” But I will use whatever platform I have because I believe it all matters. I have to. And just like every voice matters, every little step matters too, and you never know where even little steps might lead.
This is why I will also continue to use my blogs, here and on Huffington Post, as vehicles through which to speak out about metastatic breast cancer whenever I can. I will encourage others to do the same. I will use social media to spread the word whenever I see fit. I will keep speaking with those who will listen. I will just continue.
How can I not?
So join me on Mets Monday, or any day, because it’s not really about just one day of the week. Share on my page or on yours if you have one. If you are living with mets or not, share something mets related on Mets Monday. Share a post from one of the many wonderful bloggers living with and writing about mets. Or share your story, concerns, frustrations or fears. Ask questions. Answer questions. Share your voice. Share your passion.
Share your “spark.”
We have to keep this “fire” going.
Are you living with metastatic breast cancer or do you know someone who is?
Who or what sparked your advocacy?
Do you have a post you have written (or that someone else has written) that you would like to share? If so, please feel free to share the link.