I received the email late Friday afternoon. Walked around in a state of total disbelief and then alternatively was jumping around like a child. That pretty much consumed Saturday and Sunday. On Monday, it was "Decide what to wear day."
And yesterday, I was sitting in the ABC News Now studios in a makeup room getting ready for my close up! Dr. Love was being interviewed for a piece about Army of Women and the producer wanted a "survivor" to participate in the interview. And, that is how I am still shaking my head in disbelief!
It's a short piece, I know I spoke. I know it wasn't gibberish. I believe I answered just a question or two and who knows what may hit the cutting room floor. It was a "live to tape" piece so it was official, "Lights! Camera! Action!"
I remember Dr. Love using a phrase I have come to love. It describes the complacency that seems to have attached to breast cancer research. "We are the victims of our own success." I believe I was asked something about pink and I believe I said something about being very appreciative but that buried underneath that pink are 40,000 lives that will be lost this year. I remember asking Dr. Love to clarify that my information was correct and how that number hasn't changed in however many years (20?).
I couldn't tell you what the hell the rest of the sentence was...... the only thing I can say is that the producer and Dr. Love's very wonderful assistant were watching on the TV monitor and they seemed very pleased with the results.
I'll see it when you see it and as of now, I have NO clue when and where.
The only thing I can share for certain? Dr. Susan Love is an enthusiastic, charming, brilliant woman who WILL change the face of this disease. Yes, she wants a cure. But, really, she wants answers. Because for her, prevention is the ultimate cure. She knows that the treatment we endure to keep the disease at bay comes at a price. For some of us, it's a small price and for others, it's far more difficult. And for her, nothing about this disease is okay. She is determined and so am I.
Clearly, I'm still off in a cloud somewhere. Color me speechless and that, my friends, NEVER happens.