June has proved to be a busy month—and it’s just getting started. There was a trip to Philadelphia right as the month began, then home in time for National Cancer Survivors Day and to launch the Buck Cancer collection with Elevated Equestrian, before heading back to Philadelphia again next week and then celebrating my official 10-year survivor-versary on June 17. I don’t know about you, but just writing it out like this makes me feel tired!
In between it all, I’ve been hard at work on the advocacy front sharing my thyroid cancer survivor and caregiving story. I was recently a guest on Gena Bradshaw’s Holistic Human Performance Podcast, where we both talked about what it’s like to be celebrating our respective 10-year thyroid cancer survivor-versaries this month. We also discussed holistic health, wellness, and how patients can advocate for their own care. Aside from the fact that we are both thyroid cancer survivors, Gena is also a fellow Long Islander, who I had the chance to grab a coffee with a little while back. I always love when I can connect with people in real life and have social media followers become friends.
Also, on the advocacy front, the first piece I wrote for PBS Next Avenue as part of their Caregiving In America: The 24/7 Caregiver series went live this week. My story, The Real Cost of Being a Millennial Caregiver, is meant to look at the vital role family caregivers play in the current caregiving crisis that we are seeing in this country. If you are a caregiver, perhaps you can relate to my concerns. If you aren’t, I hope this piece will give you some insight into what it’s like to be a caregiver and maybe inspire you to start caregiving conversations earlier with your loved ones.
I hope you’ll check out both of these pieces, and let me know in the comments below if you learned anything new about my cancer or caregiving story!