If you live in or near D.C. and you write about, care about, or just plain hate cancer, there’s an incredible workshop coming up at the end of the month that you should know about. The National Breast Cancer Coalition is holding its annual Advocacy Training and Lobby Day on the Hill April 30 – May 3, and cancer survivors, advocates, and friends are coming from all over to learn how to make our advocacy more effective. While I was too sick to sign up earlier (and all over feverish and chills and achy and painy from the Zometa this weekend), I’m better now – in body and spirit – and I’m determined that BONE METS ARE NOT GOING TO STOP ME.
I will keep speaking out about life with cancer. It’s what I do. And so why not do it more effectively?
NBBC has set a deadline for the end of breast cancer: 1 January 2020. I’m encouraged by their plan and I’m committed to working hard to bring that day about, for our friends and kids and kids’ friends alike. Going to this conference will help me to use my words more effectively, both when calling my Senators and Representatives and when typing out the occasional opinion piece from home. So today I took the leap of faith that I’ll be strong enough to attend the sessions and events in two weeks and registered today.
I’m most interested in this panel: “Changing the Conversation in the Media,” where participants will learn how to help reframe public discourse from “dressing it up in pink every October” to something of more practical use than a sea of pink. Although now that I look at the rest of the agenda more carefully, I see that Geoff Livingston is speaking on the social media panel! I should go! The other panelists are Dr. Alan Rosenblatt and Dr. Gayle Sulik. It’s funny to see social media experts listed without their twitter handles….