I hope this blog encourages you to reach for the stars, to accomplish your dreams. My hope is that you believe anything is possible, and that you can overcome any challenges that come your way. As a stage IV HPV throat cancer survivor, staying positive is key to serving as a role model for other survivors, caregivers and those currently battling cancer. Remaining positive was critical as I battled cancer back in 2014.
I have been truly inspired all week, as I stayed up late watching the Golden Buzzer Performances from America's Got Talent (AGT). For those of you who do not watch this show, a performer is awarded the golden buzzer when their act is extraordinary, and when the judge hits the golden buzzer the act is assured automatic placement in the live semi-final rounds. This show takes places in countries all over the world.
Please watch this remarkable video of Lorelai Mosnegutu, a 14 year old girl who was born without arms or femurs as she sings and plays the piano on Romania's Got Talent. This golden buzzer performance brought tears of joy to my eyes, and has me looking within myself to make certain I am creating "golden buzzer" moments in my life.
I have watched this video ten plus times, as her voice is magnificent, and the fact that she plays the piano with her toes is remarkable. The reaction of the audience also continues to move me, as I think of all that I am working to accomplish in life, hoping that my contributions are effecting people at a high level just as Lorelai does during her performance.
As many of you know, my goal is to have my cancer story shared in as many languages as possible on all seven continents to save lives worldwide. After watching this video all week, I am more determined than ever to make this happen. I truly believe that parents worldwide must learn about the HPV vaccine, and how it can protect their sons and daughters from HPV related cancers. As three out of four adults by age thirty have HPV, my hope is that my story will encourage parents to speak with their kid's pediatricians about this vaccine. People need to learn about HPV, and hopefully get screened for oral cancer. While HPV throat cancer effects both men and women, men between the ages of 40 - 60 are the most highly diagnosed decades after being exposed to the virus.
I hope that you have enjoyed this blog, and that you will share it with your family and friends. Each of us have the ability to accomplish greatness, and we can all positively impact others and change the world for the better. Go Make Your Dreams Come True!!! There's No One Stopping You But You.
Thanks for listening.