2014 Lobby Day

This year it seemed as though I was better prepared for the 2014 ACS CAN Leadership Summit & Lobby Day.  Over 600 volunteers from districts and states attended more this year than ever before.  Leading up to Lobby Day I had the opportunity to share my story and what I’d hoped to accomplish while in DC with my local newspaper.  Survivor Makes Voice Heard in Washington

Tears were shed because I had just learned of an old friend passing due to cancer.  She was only 34 years old with three young children.  One day she’s in the hospital having survey and chemotherapy.  A few short months later she had passed away.  So young and to die from colon cancer this just doesn’t seem real.  Doing this volunteer work each year many of us are faced with our own cancer challenges.  Several ACS CAN volunteers were being remembered for their hard work and dedication.  The room filled with sadness because they were no longer with us.  There are many moments of heart aches that comes along with dealing with cancer.  I continue to push myself in memory of all those we have lost.

My nerves get to me right before meeting with the Senators and Representatives from my district, but the training that we receive I feel much more confident to face them.  The Lights of Hope ceremony is just breath taking. Spiritually you sense the spirits of those who lost their battle with cancer present.  We all remain hopeful that one day soon this disease will no longer exist.  The ACS CAN Opener is the fun part, because we know that we can’t get though this 3-day event without reflecting on the good times that we’ve had.  Gillian Anderson once said, “Be of service. Whether you make yourself available to a friend or co-worker, or you make time every month to do volunteer work, there is nothing that harvests more of a feeling of empowerment than being of service to someone in need.”

P.S.

In memory of Sherri, Charley, and Shannon, because of them and their fight I will do every step and action to be a great volunteer.

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My Staff Partner and Team
My Staff Partner and Team

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Speak Up

I know that you are scared of bringing up those feelings when you were first diagnosed with breast cancer. As women of the military we are trained to be hard and withhold so much, but being afraid is a normal feeling after dealing with a traumatic event in your life.
Sharing your story maybe can help some who has served and are now dealing with breast cancer. Did you know that active-duty military have a higher risk of being exposed to cancer than the general population? So imagine the number of women who needs support. In 2009, it was reported that there were over 2,000 cases of breast cancer among active-duty people.
Department Of Defense and Veteran Affairs have been successful in determining that breast cancer is service-connected. Some will be satisfied with this decision and move on. The others may want more answers and how we can make new controls to continue to cut the alarming rates.
Whatever your choices don’t remain silent and not help your fellow veteran.