A Newsweek Magazine Wow
All I could think to myself was “WOW”!
Similar to my Charlie Rose Show experience last March, this email came out of the blue as well… I received an email from Fight CRC a few weeks ago that Newsweek Magazine wanted to do a story about our Late Stage MSS-CRC Trial Finder and my advocacy.
I was floored!
To have that level of readership (which will include many CRC patients, caregivers, family members and friends) hear about our trial finder is an incredible opportunity to help a lot of people at once!
I quickly said yes to the interview request and a short while later I was interviewed by phone. I was told it would be one of the feature articles in a special “cancer issue” in late July. I wanted to tell people (I was pretty excited!) but just in case the interview ended up on the cutting room floor, I kept my Facebook typing fingers under control…
A few weeks later another unexpected email arrived from the reporter… they now wanted to take my photo. For the COVER. gulp.
I was floored (#2)!
At this point we were working on tight timelines. They had to come to the house to take the photos on a chemo week. So I had chemo on Monday, the photoshoot on Wednesday. It was definitely an interesting experience, luckily I had practice from my Colon Club photoshoot two years ago! Over the course of a couple hours they took hundreds of photos – both portraits for the cover and shots from around the house/yard for the story.
I was running on pure adrenaline (with maybe some residual steroids in me from my chemo infusion!). My main goal? Not have any diarrhea hit before the photoshoot was done. I’m not sure how often that is the main concern of someone being shot for the Newsweek cover but it sure was for me!
The story has been posted online here. I think the reporter did a great job of it! The print edition lags behind the online edition by a few days, I think it will hit store shelves approximately Monday-Tuesday (July 24/25)!
Looking at the cover, I have to say that I LOVE the headline and tagline 🙂 “CANCER REBELS – Patients, Doctors, and Activists Breaking Rules to Save Lives” Note: it says “rules” and not “laws” so no, a federal prison is not a current risk of mine! 😉 It is true though – in order to make BIG impacts on any field – things that really move the needle – often a rule or two needs to be broken. When it comes to potentially saving a fellow cancer patient’s life – I never had/have any doubts on where I come down in that ethical question.
It is interesting… as my advocacy projects gain notoriety, increasingly larger media outlets are doing stories on them. What is larger than Newsweek magazine? I don’t know! But what I do know is that a lot of good is coming out of this ever increasing publicity. If there is just one patient that is helped by reading the Newsweek story – that is a huge success. Imagine the ripple effects in that patient’s social network as the help (and HOPE!) sweeps through his or her family… friends… you name it. And with a magazine like Newsweek – it is going to be a lot more than one patient who will be helped. It is mind boggling to imagine the potential size of these ripple effects! Wow.