I am so excited -- and this is a departure from my usual post -- because I just found out that I was chosen as one of the Top 25 finalists in the LIVE! with Kelly Cohost Contest!
The show is choosing one "regular" person to cohost for a day with Kelly Ripa! This is such an amazing opportunity because 1) I love all things pop culture/entertainment and I am working on my TV hosting career and 2) I have decided to be more open about my cancer journey (yes I know I have a public blog!) but I haven't always been completely open about that part of my life on Facebook and Twitter because, well, I was still ashamed that I got cancer.
But recently after connecting with so many wonderful, young adult cancer patients and trading stories with them and feeling inspired by them, I wanted to do more. I think my story is such an important one to share because I have been LIVING (not dying, not battling, not suffering) with cancer for 3 years. Sometimes that fact makes me very sad, but on the other hand, damnit I'm in awe of myself! I never knew you could live with cancer this long (I've heard of people living with it for 20 years!) and while the goal is still remission (and I will get there!!), I have come to accept that cancer is a part of my life. BUT, it doesn't define me, I can still go on and live my dreams!!
Sooo, long story short, my dream is to be an entertainment host (I want to be Giuliana Rancic - she was my hero before, but even more now that we are cancer buddies), but I also want to share my story with other young adult cancer patients who feel alone, feel that noone can relate, and think their life is over. I have those thoughts all the time! But then I remember, I'm not alone. Besides my friends and family, there are thousands of young adults (sadly) suffering with various types of cancer, and we all need to know that we're not alone. We can inspire each other to live your best life (as Oprah would say!) and not let cancer take control. It's taken me about 2 1/2 years to realize this, but I think I've finallyyyyy got it.
So if you're a fan of my blog, if you love LIVE! with Kelly, or if you just want to make a 29-year-old woman with big dreams happy, PLEASE see below!
The producers of LIVE! with Kelly are selecting the Top 10 finalists from the Top 25 based on how many likes/shares/comments on the LIVE! with Kelly website (not on Facebook) AND how much they like each contestant's video.
So here's what you have to do: from today until the end of Sunday 7/8/12, I need as many people as possible to share my video, like it, and make comments on the LIVE! with Kelly website. Even if you made a comment before, you can make another one or Like a previous comment. Everything helps!
But remember, all comments should be on the LIVE! with Kelly website, NOT Facebook.
Link to LIVE! with Kelly website:
Link to my video to share: