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Every step makes a difference! November 1, 2009

Posted by PAS in cancer, research, survivorship, the 'net.
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A few weeks ago, in an effort to improve my blogs I joined http://www.problogger.com. I know that the tips and tricks I’ve picked up so far are improving my blogging – who knows, maybe someday I’ll even move my blog(s) to their own domains!

One of the things I really enjoy about the blogging community is that I’m always finding opportunities where my blogging can make a difference. I’ve blogged here to support Yoga Bear and tweeted to support Cancer and Careers – two organizations who give direct, real-time support to cancer survivors, support which makes their days easier. The most recent opportunity was a call for bloggers to help compile an ebook designed to benefit the Susan G. Komen Foundation and raise funds and awareness for breast cancer research and support.

Yeah – I know. I don’t have breast cancer; I have rectal cancer…and we have our own awareness and funding issues. But at the end of the day, I’m a woman. I have breasts. I have cousins and an aunt who’ve had breast cancer, and one of my cousins died of recurrent BC. I work in pre-clinical research, helping to make cancer drugs – and in the vivarium, drugs don’t wear single-color awarenss ribbons. Drugs that work on some kinds of cancer often become candidates for treatment regimens in other types – and every step forward makes a difference for all types of cancers.

I submitted one of my favorite posts, “The (reluctant) cancer warrior,” — and I’m proud to announce that it was accepted and appears in the Blog4Cause ebook produced by Lance Ekum (@lance02) and Joanna Sutter (@joannasutter), authors of the Journey of Life and Fitness & Spice blogs, respectively.

Every donation, large and small, to the Komen Foundation from the targeted Blog4Cause page gives the donor a download key to the ebook Ekum and Sutter compiled. Even more important, the ebook puts survivors’ perspectives in the hands of even more people. Through this effort, awareness about and understanding of living with cancer will reach a new audience. I’m very proud to have been accepted in Blog4Cause’s effort – and very happy that by doing something I enjoy, I can do a little good.

Ekum and Sutter’s effort also stirred up some sleeping marketing and PR skills, has me thinking that there’s ebook potential out here to raise year-round awareness about colorectal cancer.

Bloggers and friends – would you be up for a similar effort targeted as a colorectal cancer awareness/fund-raising effort? Take a look at your best posts (or write up a new one) and let me know!

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1. Joanna - November 1, 2009

You have my support for your colorectal fundraiser!

2. Rotorhead - November 2, 2009

I don’t know…I have a hard time seeing rectal cancer (or any other type of cancer) ever being nearly as “popular” as breast cancer. I mean, who doesn’t like breasts? The ladies appreciate them, babies love them and men…well I’d just better leave that one alone. Buttholes on the other hand are just nasty, even healthy ones. I’m always up for a challenge though…what am I supposed to do?

3. gaelenscafe - November 2, 2009

Joanna – thank you so much! Your name is on the list. First steps are organizing – feeling out the communities, lining up the organization(s) who will benefit, and setting up the website donations page. I’ll be watching and learning from Blog4Cause’s project as this one develops.

RH, CRC doesn’t have the awareness level of BC…but this is the kind of effort that could help change that. Breasts are (mostly) more visible – but everybody’s got a colon! The challenge is something you’re already doing – writing about your experience(s) or just writing about life. You can even use an older post if it puts your perspective right out there – I can think of a few of yours that have made a difference for me!

Stay tuned for details…

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6. Tami Boehmer - November 3, 2009

Congratulations Joanne! I’ll check it out. I would be happy to support the rectal cancer blog I’m a breast cancer survivor so I don’t think I qualify as a participant

7. gaelenscafe - November 3, 2009

Tami – that’s the key that inspired me about Joanna and Lance’s B4C ebook – although there are blog posts from/by survivors, the point of the ebook is inspiration and information. It also includes humor, fitness, personal development and nutrition bloggers – and me, clearly a survivor of a different type of cancer. Each piece included is relevant, even if it’s not directly about cancer. My plans for a CRC ebook will have that same focus – inspiration, humor, things that are important whether you’re dealing with cancer or with any other serious part of life. So look for the call for submissions, and please, feel free to contribute when I announce that we’re taking submissions!

8. Tami Boehmer - November 3, 2009

Oops, I meant to say Pat, not Joanne. But I visited her site too and decided to subscribe.

9. aftercancer - November 4, 2009

Congratulations on your submission being chosen. I think you speak to a bigger truth here. I am a breast cancer survivor and sure breast cancer is popular. But I have as much in common with other cancer survivors as I do with breast cancer survivors. I was diagnosed young and my treatment was pretty significant. I am on medications, likely for the rest of my life and surgical menopause is the gift that keeps on giving.

It’s why I decided to blog about cancer in general rather than just breast cancer. I wonder if we could accomplish more together than we do divided by disease process.

gaelenscafe - November 4, 2009

Kate (do you mind if I call you Kate?) – I’m sure you’re right about all of us being more effective working together, regardless of cancer classification. From dx (diagnosis) I’ve worn a LiveSTRONG bracelet, and I support StandUP2Cancer and other groups that work from a global cancer focus. As individual disease survivors, we will only accomplish so much – but banded together, nothing can stop people who’ve learned how to live through cancer. Thank you so much for stopping by – I very much admire your blog: After cancer now what? Don’t be a stranger!

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