Interview In the Bag
This morning I got up, showered, grabbed a cup of coffee and settled into my comfy chair. Then my computer rang. It was the Skype call I was expecting, from the East Coast. I got on and met Bill Girourd and Josh Tetrault, the creative behind the upcoming CDC Tips anti-smoking campaign. We had a good chat, got to know each other a bit, and I answered a number of questions about my background and history. It was a little strange answering many of the questions again.
Back when I started my blog (in 2009) I convinced myself I would never have to travel down the road of telling my story a-gain. Well, not unless I was being interviewed for possible inclusion in a CDC anti-smoking public service announcement about the link between smoking and colon cancer, that is.
I truly enjoyed talking to them. Having been in publishing and doing some video production I felt somewhat connected to them. They’re good people and I know their goal is to craft a great PSA that reaches people and motivates them to quit smoking. If that means I’m selected to be in the PSA, that’s wonderful. If it means they select someone else to bring their message to people, that’s okay, too. It’s not about me. It’s about saving lives.
In case I’m not selected for the PSA, here’s my tip to smokers: Do whatever you have to do to quit, but quit. Colorectal cancer is a pain in the ass. Life is much more enjoyable when you have all of your parts and they work the way they’re supposed to. Having an ostomy, neuropathy, erectile dysfunction, and any number of other possible circumstances as a result of colorectal cancer, which is linked to smoking… no bueno. Everyone loves a quitter.
Honor Roll Get Mention on CCA Page
In other exciting news, the Colon Cancer Alliance posted a link to the Honor Roll on the CCA Facebook page yesterday. The response has been overwhelming! So many people commenting, Liking and Sharing, and submitting names to be added to the Honor Roll.
What began as a trickle has become a flood of names coming in for the book! I am so thankful for the opportunity to honor those who’ve had colon cancer and I’m so grateful for the outpouring of support and the submissions that keep coming in!
What began as an idea to honor other normal people like me has really grown! That one post on the CCA page has been shared more than 72 times in less than 24 hours!
This weekend is the deadline for submissions for the print editions of the book. If you want to honor someone who’s had colon cancer by printing their name on the Honor Roll in the book, fill out the submission form before this Sunday, June 22nd, at Midnight PST!
On the Road Again
My sister-in-law, Tracey, flew out from Missouri to visit for the weekend. This afternoon we’re all heading down to the East Bay to attend a private party at our mentor’s home and then on to San Jose for our company’s International Training Event. We’ll be with 25,000 other like-minded people getting first-class training. There’s going to be incredible energy there and I know lives will be changed.
Perhaps the highlight of the event will be the opportunity to hear directly from internationally-renowned leadership expert, John C. Maxwell! Mr. Maxwell is the author of more than 50 books on Leadership, including The 21 Irrefutable Laws of Leadership and the book I’m currently reading, Sometimes You Win, Sometimes You Learn.
It’s going to be an amazing weekend. My wish for you is that you have an amazing weekend, too.
I’ll see you all when I get back to posting next week!