Thursday, July 30, 2015

Third Annual YBCS Conference

This week I had the honor of representing the young women with breast cancer in Louisiana population at our latest Young Breast Cancer Survivor Advisory Council.  I have had the privilege of playing this role since the beginning of the Council.  It blows my mind that people would possibly want my opinion on things. I absolutely love it.  This is the Council that oversees SurviveDat, the young women with breast cancer support group.  I have met some of the most amazing women in the support group and by participating on the Council.  I don't know if I've mentioned this yet but we have expanded to include a support group in New Orleans and Covington plus groups in Mississippi (SurviveMiss) and  Alabama (SurviveAL).  An incredible feat we are proud to have accomplished.

This past April, I was a recipient to a scholarship that allowed me to attend the Third Annual YBCS Conference, in Birmingham, Alabama.

This was one of the best decisions I have ever made.  My mom and I hopped in the car and drove the six hours to Birmingham.  I swear my mom is Super Woman unveiled.  She gets pulled left, right, left, right to be my chauffeur.  Anyway, the first night we relaxed.  A couple of the girls and I went out to eat and visited and I really enjoyed myself.  I let my mom stay and rest after that trip.  She wasn't really up for it.  After that we went back to our respective rooms to rest for the early morning schedule.

The day was amazing.  I'm sad it's only a one day conference, but I know with time it will get bigger.  There were break out sessions, booths, a chosen speaker, and Barefoot Soul Yoga Dance!  That last one kicked ass.  Well, if you don't know, I am on oxygen.  I took my oxygen off and got down.  It was so much fun.  I almost felt normal.  As soon as it was over I had to rush and get oxygen.  It was worth it.  There were moments the leader showed us what to do and free dance at times.  It was something that broke the smile out of me.

When it came time to leave I felt refreshed, and ready to conquer the world.  If only those feelings last forever.  It was worth the trip and if you ever get the chance to participate in the Annual Conference, do it.  I wish I was still there.

Even if only one life is changed because of this group, it's worth it.  I know way more than one life is changed because of the group, especially mine.  I couldn't make it without the girls.  They are all such beautiful people, inside and out.  So if you have a friend diagnosed with breast cancer at a young age, send her our way.  If needed you can contact me but I do have a link in the blog.  SURVIVINGDAT!

shannon xoxo

Sunday, July 26, 2015


Breast Cancer Today:
Individual Treatments, Shared Experiences

Friday, Sept 18 - Sunday, Sept 20
Denver Marriott City Center, Denver CO

Conferences are a great way to learn about new forms of treatment, support both emotionally and spiritually, meet other survivors just like you, and learn some different ways of dealing with symptoms.  I have never attended a conference and then regretted it after the fact.  This specific conference is dealing with three different tracks; Triple Negative Breast Cancer, Hormone Receptor Positive or HER2+, and Metastatic Breast Cancer  With many different keynote and plenary speakers and a full three days of activities it should be a great time.  Let me know if you go!  I want to hear all about it!