I have had a heap of positive feedback about the site and my website launch. Thank you! I have learned lots! Here are a few things that I learned and a couple of points on new directions:
I often hear that people who’ve gone through cancer lose a bit of confidence. Through launching my website, I came out of the closet about bc, my website and even made a speech. I went outside my comfort zone a lot and feel the better for it as I am feeling more confident in myself. So I encourage you – when you are feeling well enough – to walk outside your comfort zone and try some new things. You never know where those steps will take you.
Out of the closet
My friend Italia wrote a media release for me. In doing so, I realised that I have come a long way from ‘not wanting to talk about bc’ to baring almost all in public. When I first started the website, I didn’t want to talk too much about my personal journey at all. But a year down the track, it’s okay to talk about a breast reconstruction in public. I am feeling a stronger sense of being me and that that is okay.
I have always had a fear of public speaking; I guess caring what people think of me and a bit of perfectionism rolled into one. Through the launch, media release and making a speech, I have somehow launched myself out there on radio and shortly TV. Don’t get me wrong, I am not interested in being a cancer-lebrity or in the limelight. But this is not about me, it’s about helping others. I have done two radio interviews so far and I felt quite comfortable. With the second one, we even discussed a possible Q and A type second radio spot. Exciting.
What is my message?
I have always had a feeling with BC Nirvana that it was here to help others but how exactly? I wanted to provide hope, inspiration and support for those going through BC. But also, if I can persuade one person to get a mammogram or check up (and perhaps be diagnosed with early BC rather than late stage BC), then I have done my job.
Also, as I am a Samoan kiwi, people have been asking me questions about why so many Pacific Island New Zealanders have not had check ups or sought treatment early enough. I am happy to help provide a resource in this area. It all helps right.
I have also been communicating with another bc organisation called Shocking Pink which provides support for young women with bc. I am looking forward to connecting with them more in the future and hopefully some great bright ideas.
Looking forward not backwards
I am now just about to finish my bc treatment and it is a time for looking forwards not backwards. Watch this space for new directions and inspiration. And I hope you will find some optimism from my post bc life. As…you can get through this too and move on to other things post bc.
Practical help to give
One of the things that I’d like to help people with is practical support. If you know of anyone going through bc or cancer and needs some help or support, let me know. I will do my best to find the best resources or support for you or your friend.
If you or someone you know would like to write for BC Nirvana, let me know. I am always interested in hearing from other bc survivors who have their story to tell or tips and hints for others.
I also have a vacancy for an intern to finish adding content to BC Nirvana. If you live in Wellington and have a few hours to contribute, let me know.