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Our Internet, Our Power

Our Internet, Our Power

Posted on Wednesday, March 28, 2012 in Awareness, About CancerDancer
We have all now heard the tragic tale of Trayvon Martin, the boy killed while walking home from a convenience store in Florida. But why did we hear about it? Because of the power of the internet. It happened a month ago, on February 26 — we did not hear about it then. Floridians heard about it, but it did not receive national attention until much later.

Black reporters and correspondents received Facebook and twitter requests to investigate the matter, as reported in this New York Times article.

We can cull some important lessons from the coverage of Trayvon’s tragic death:

First, the public can impact what gets reported in the news. The citizenry of this country got so outraged that the President addressed the subject and the Justice Department is conducting its own investigation. We, the public, did that.

Second, small groups and minorities can impact the broader discussion in ways not previously available. USA Today reports that minorities are accessing social media in larger numbers than the general population. Trayvon’s death once would have been reported heavily in “alternative” newspapers as a story of interest to the minority community. Because of the efforts of this community, we can see ALL of the news through the major outlets.

Third, each voice can matter. People across the world bought hoodies, and took a picture of themselves wearing it. Those pictured appeared across Facebook, making a statement about the burden of suspicion that African-American men carry as they make their way through  American life. This not only brought Trayvon’s death into the spotlight, but a bigger discussion about race and stereotype in 2012.

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You Can’t Spell Awareness Without a Couple $$’s

You Can’t Spell Awareness Without a Couple $$’s

Posted on Sunday, March 04, 2012 in Awareness, About CancerDancer
How can a website save a life?

Running a nonprofit like CancerDancer can feel like riding an emotional rollercoaster: strangers hug you telling you how much you’ve helped and you feel yourself climbing into the sky; board members mention how little is in the bank and you feel your stomach drop, images of women facing the unknown flashing through your mind.

This morning I came to fully understand why CancerDancer is so important, why we work so hard and why we need your support. Let me tell you how this epiphany happened.

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The Language of He’s

The Language of He’s

Posted on Wednesday, February 22, 2012 in Friends and Family
Him: So, uh, how are you. You know?

He: Pretty good.

Him: So, good?

He: Yeah. I guess. You know.

Him: Considering. Yeah…..And she?

He: Well…that’s. You know how it is.

Him: Hanging in there?

He: Yeah. I guess. Hard to say. What can you do?

Him: Right. You know. We can talk. About it. If you want.

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This moment – right now.

This moment – right now.

Posted on Tuesday, January 24, 2012 in Esther's World, Health News that You Can Use

As many of you know, my motto through this scary journey has been “Don’t panic.” Panic is the enemy. It turns good times to bad ones, clouds your judgment, and robs you of essential sleep. It is ruinous. If you can keep panic at bay, you can still find your joy, even in the worst of times.

I was reminded of this in my yoga class last week, when the instructor said, “There is no past, not really, and no future — there is only this moment — right now.” Okay, we all know that peaceful moments in yoga class are really good times to have clarifying thoughts. And I was struck, again, by the power in remembering that life is what is happening in this very second– as I am typing or as you are reading. Right now.

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The Greatest Health Resource is…….Us.

The Greatest Health Resource is…….Us.

Posted on Monday, December 05, 2011 in Health News that You Can Use, Community
One of my goals in writing this blog is to get healthy people ready for they day that they or their loved one gets sick. Statistically this will be almost all of us. How can we be as ready as possible? Will we make the right steps in the beginning when it may matter most? Many of us have an emergency plan for a home fire, but how many of us have a plan for a serious health crisis?

So today’s blog will focus on an amazing tool that can save your life. It is my  hope that you will remember it when the proverbial, uh, stuff hits the fan. That resource is the online community. Patients, everywhere, who have experienced every illness and every treatment, met every doctor and can tell us all about it when we are making our choices.

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