“How do you fight for More Birthdays” was a question that I asked many Type-A Parent attendees over the course of the multi day social media and blogging conference. Time and time again I got the question, “what do you mean More Birthdays?” As I described the efforts of the America Cancer Society and the More Birthdays campaign, the meaning became clear.
Celebrate life. Live longer. Being informed. Being an advocate for our own health.
The voices of the women that I interviewed told stories of personal connections to cancer. They told stories of wanting to model living life to the fullest for their children. Of wanting to be models for healthy living. They told stories of optimism and hope that one day, our future grandchildren and great grandchildren, will indeed know how it feels to live a life with more birthdays and less cancer.
Tracy Beckerman fights for more birthdays by living a healthy lifestyle and making the choice to laugh EVERY DAY. Tracy believes there is huge power in laughter in healing and to connect with others.
Becca Bernstein chooses to see the humor in situations instead of being frustrated. By enjoying the moments she focuses on the lighter side of life which goes a long way in living a life with more birthdays.
Tracy May lost her mom to Cancer many years ago and fights for more birthdays by being vigilant with health tests like colonoscopies every two years and by promoting awareness as an endurance athlete with DetermiNation.
Kelly Whalen and Grace Duffy both feel like maintaining friendship and in real life relationships help them fight for more birthdays. These two friends and business partners believe that you cannot go through life without the support built on “in person” time to stay up late, giggle, and talk always putting friendship before work.
Carissa Rodgers stays active with friends playing basketball every Tuesday night. Plus her family has a new summer goal of biking together now that her husband a bike of his very own.
Rajean Bloomquist believes in living every single day with curiosity and a sense of wonder.
Tamara from Mom RN keeps up on her regular physicals, exams, and screenings to stay on top of her health.
Cecily Kellogg believes that women deserve more birthdays, so she fights for women’s health issues. She also tries to eat well, walk every day, and take plenty of time for herself.
Tracy is a runner of twenty years. She is trying to teach her three daughters to be active everyday (two of her girls run with her and she pushes the third in the stroller!). Whether it is riding bikes, running, or dancing, Tracy models activity as a key to More Birthdays.
Lolli Franklin fights for more birthdays by trying not to worry about the small stuff. A positive attitude goes a long way.
Kelly Pugliano keeps her body moving always. She runs (as in marathons, half marathons, 10ks, AND 5ks), cycles, AND she speed skates.
Emily Paster believes in not taking things for granted. The recent passing of her dad cemented her belief that life can change in a heartbeat, which makes it crucial to live a life with no regrets.
Twelve ways that Type-A Parent Conference attendees fight for More Birthdays. Twelve voices that remind us that we can do so much in our own lives to advocate for more life and less cancer.
What about you? What would you add? How do you fight for More Birthdays?
Disclaimer: As a More Birthdays correspondent, the American Cancer Society is assisted me with expenses to attend the Type-A Parent conference. All opinions are my own.