Yes, there will be plenty of critics and the only thing I can respectfully request is that everyone take a deep breath. Step back. Look at where we are. Today.
And now, I'm going to channel my inner Ronald Reagan. Are we better off today than we were forty years ago? Anyone who has read this blog, even intermittently, knows my response.
We are moving at a snails pace during a time when everything around us is progressing at warp speed. I won't say there haven't been gains but they are coming too slowly. They are not meaningful enough for this impatient patient.
The press release says that three powerhouse breast cancer organizations announced they are working together in a groundbreaking collaboration to document the long term and short term physical and emotional side effects of breast cancer treatments.
I have been excited about the Health of Women study from the moment I learned about it. I've written about it many times in advance of and since its official launch which was exactly one year ago. One year ago, we were answering the questions.
Today and through the remainder of the month, it's up to us to ASK the questions, to question the cure, to talk about the collateral damage associated with the treatments we have received, or continue to receive or, in the case of some, will receive for the remainder of their lives. The next module of HOW will be developed based upon OUR concerns.
I'm beginning to feel like a broken record but here goes. Collaboration is NOT a buzzword. It's a call to action. Collaboration requires leadership and to be an effective leader, one must not only have a clear vision, but also a willingness to understand that our differences should not stand in the way of progress. MUST not stand in the way of progress. I applaud the vision of Dr. Susan Love.
I applaud the willingness of those at Susan G Komen and Young Survival Coalition to join forces so that all voices may be heard. Remember. We are all on the same mountain. It's not about who reaches the summit first, it's about making sure we reach that summit. Period.
Want to chat? Tomorrow. Facebook first, and shortly afterwards, Twitter. So far, we're off to a good start. Day one is all about working together and addressing the needs of this community. So far, I like it.
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