By Debbie Kerr
Educate to Advocate then Advocate to Educate
Did you ever think you knew a lot about something only to discover that what you knew was incorrect or incomplete? Did you ever think that something was working well only to discover that there were flaws that needed fixing? If you have, you might have learned the truth yourself or from someone else. Once you were educated, you might have felt strongly enough about it that you shared that information with others to help them avoid the same mistake. You learned, you felt strongly enough about what you learned, so that you advocated by educating others. This is how education and advocacy can become an effective cycle for creating change.
This post is the first in a series where I will present potential misinformation, the correct information, and resources and actions that you can take to educate yourself and others. You might even want to become an advocate for change.
This is the first post in a series about the cycle of education and advocacy.
What I thought I knew
I was so wrong. I had so much to learn.
What I learned from my own experience
Even after my personal experience, I still had so much more to learn.
What I learned since having breast cancer
It’s never too late to learn more, even after having my own cancer experience. Now I am learning from various sources that are educating women and triggering change.
Dense Breasts Canada
This organization has taught me so much about dense breasts and breast screening guidelines in Canada. Here are just a few examples of what I’ve learned:
Know Your Lemons
I would be remiss if I didn’t mention that men can also develop breast cancer. I learned this from a male friend who has both breast and lung cancer. Although breast cancer in men is much rarer than in women, it is possible. Here is his blog.
What we can do
With knowledge comes the power to make changes that will benefit not only you but the people around you. Educate yourself. Take action to trigger change. Educate others so that the cycle of education and advocacy can continue. Please visit these sites as a great way to start your cycle of knowledge and advocacy:
If you have any suggestions for future topics, please send an email to firstname.lastname@example.org. Why not start the education process?
Over 30-years of writing experience, over 10 years as a cancer survivor, and a lifetime purveyor of wit and laughter.
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