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Early Detection, Personal Stories

Ovarian Cancer Whispers, So Listen

Play an active role in managing your ovarian health. Learn how you can be #OvarianSelfAware!

My mom’s first symptoms were back pain and heartburn. Her doctor told her to take some antacids and that was that. It wasn’t until a bit later that she started having to go to the restroom more frequently. Then abdominal pain woke her in the middle of the night, three nights in a row. While her first symptoms didn’t seem to signal anything serious, it was the sleep-disrupting abdominal pain that ultimately made her take notice and visit the doctor.

“I think mothers are those rare people who will listen to you talk about seemingly nothing for hours. At least, mine is! She’s really supportive, and I think we have more of a friendship now that I’m older.”

My mom and I had both had prior gynecologic surgeries. Unfortunately, they’re a little too commonplace in our family. So when she underwent surgery in 2011, I didn’t think much of it, but the doctors immediately knew it was ovarian cancer. Waiting after her operation to hear just how far the cancer had advanced was agonizing. When we finally got results, we learned she had Stage 1 ovarian cancer. Reflecting on this moment today, I realize how little I knew about cancer at the time – I didn’t even know there were different stages! And in my mom’s case, the stage her cancer was detected was key. In fact, it is likely what saved her life.

“It’s unusual for ovarian cancer to be detected that early. It’s kind of like what they always say about ovarian cancer… it whispers, so listen.”

Lauren and her mom in front of a Christmas tree

I was 11 years old when my grandmother passed away. But it wasn’t until after my mom’s diagnosis that I learned that my grandmother had been diagnosed with ovarian cancer just three weeks prior to her death.

I began to connect the dots about what my strong family history of ovarian cancer meant for me and my health.

 “I know that I fall within the ‘increased risk’ category, but my risk feels even higher to me sometimes.”

This information, on top of my own history of gynecologic issues, led me to make some very important changes to my health and wellness.

I began by making changes to my lifestyle to reduce my risk. I changed my diet and became a vegetarian. It was a personal choice that has really helped me learn different healthy ways of cooking. I also make sure to stay on top of my workouts. In addition to eating healthy and working out, I monitor my gynecologic health with two ultrasounds a year, and while these aren’t to screen for ovarian cancer, it makes me comfortable knowing how closely my gynecologic health is being watched.

And finally, I surround myself with other young women who are advocating for their health through Bright Pink! Bright Pink is an organization that’s tackling the issues that are so often at the forefront of my mind. I’ve had a doctor say to me “You’re too young to have ovarian cancer, so we’ll rule that out,” despite knowing my family history! My mom has met many young ovarian cancer survivors; young women need this information, too!

“It was a breath of fresh air to find Bright Pink.”

This summer I graduated from Bright Pink University (BPU). The other ambassadors and I all had different motivations for going through training, and the diversity of experiences helped me grow. I’m really excited to get out into my local community to give Brighten Up presentations and start these conversations!

Lauren Herzog Bright Pink education ambassador

There are so many misconceptions about ovarian cancer and most women don’t know much about it. But it’s my own experiences with gynecologic issues that have made a strong impression on me. Symptoms of ovarian cancer can be really vague and hard to explain. In general, I’ve learned to be an advocate for myself and get a second opinion when the first one didn’t give me the answers I needed. It’s so important to push when you know something isn’t right, it can make all the difference – that’s what I want other young women to know!

Take control of your ovarian health like Lauren and be #OvarianSelfAware at BrightPink.org/OvarianSelfAware

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Personal Stories

Everyday Changemakers: Jen Fisher’s Story

Jen Fisher found a small “almost undetectable” lump during a routine breast check. She saw her doctor and was diagnosed with breast cancer in May of 2016. At 40 years old, Jen had not yet had her first mammogram. (Bright Pink aligns with a majority of cancer organizations that recommend women begin mammograms at age 40 or earlier if you have a first-degree relative who was diagnosed with breast cancer before the age of 50. Read more here.)

“I think for me the last thing that I thought of at my age was that I could get breast cancer”

She credits her support system for getting her through the journey; her husband, her family, and her coworkers at Deloitte LLP. Jen is the National Managing Director of Well-being at Deloitte LLP; in fact, that’s how she learned about Bright Pink.

Janet Foutty, the CEO of Deloitte Consulting LLP and a breast cancer survivor herself, introduced Jen to Bright Pink. Jen feels fortunate to have had the support of the Deloitte community throughout her journey, and today, feels a renewed sense of purpose in her role as a well-being leader.

“Deloitte is a changemaker because of our innovative approach to well-being. We really believe that as an organization we want to be there through the life journey of our people or for the unexpected, like being diagnosed with breast cancer.”

We’re grateful for Jen’s commitment to spread Bright Pink’s message to the Deloitte community and beyond. By turning her story into something positive and informative for other women, she’s also a changemaker in our eyes.

Learn more about Jen’s inspiring story below. And join Deloitte in support of Bright Pink’s work at ChangeMakers on September 27 in Chicago.

 

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Early Detection

This September Become #OvarianSelfAware

September is National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month and here at Bright Pink we’re empowering women to learn their ovarian cancer risk and how to manage their ovarian health proactively!

Despite Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, many people still aren’t aware of the symptoms and risk factors that can sometimes lead to an ovarian cancer diagnosis.  The symptoms of ovarian cancer can be confused with digestive or menstrual issues, for this reason, ovarian cancer is often detected at a later stage, when it has already become life-threatening. It is even called the “silent killer” because symptoms are often attributed to other ailments.

1 in 75 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime.

1 in 75 women will be diagnosed with ovarian cancer in their lifetime and 2 out of 3 women will die as a result–often due to a late-stage diagnosis–making ovarian cancer the 5th leading cause of cancer death in women. However, when caught early, the 5-year survival rate for ovarian cancer is greater than 92 percent!

“Bright Pink will help women study up and speak up related to this silent killer” says Bright Pink CEO, Katie Thiede, “we are determined to make noise about it.”

This September, in honor of National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, Bright Pink is encouraging women to become #OvarianSelfAware and take an active role in their health by practicing Ovarian Self-Awareness. Our goal is to empower thousands of women to know and manage their ovarian cancer risk this National Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month.

Ovarian Self-Awareness is defined as a recognition of one’s own ovarian health and cancer risk.

Here are two key things all women can do to personalize their approach to ovarian health management by being #OvarianSelfAware:

  • Know your family history: Who had cancer? What type of cancer did they have? What age were they when they were diagnosed? 
  • Know the symptoms: It’s so important to stay alert and aware of what’s happening with your body. Some symptoms include pelvic or abdominal pain, prolonged bloating, frequent urination, constipation, and heartburn. 

Sound familiar? Even the healthiest women face these symptoms on a regular basis. The key is persistence. If you notice any of these symptoms persisting for 2-3 weeks, it’s time to make an appointment with your health provider and ask “Could it be my ovaries?”

Learn more here and follow along with our Ovarian Self-Awareness campaign all month long on Facebook, Twitter, and Instagram by using the hashtag #OvarianSelfAware.

 

 

Community

Announcing Our Brighten Up College Tour!

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Bright Pink and Zeta Tau Alpha are hitting the road to Brighten Up college campuses across the country by educating and empowering students to be proactive about their breast and ovarian health! Workshops will be proudly hosted by the school’s local Zeta Tau Alpha chapter. Aerie is also joining us for the ride to lead a wellness activity & provide fun freebies for all attendees. We invite students to join us for this interactive health experience on their very own campus. Attendees will walk away with life-saving knowledge to practice wellness and prevention.

See below for a list of campuses we’re visiting this fall. We hope to see you there!

Virginia Tech
September 19, 2017 @ 6:00 PM
Squires Student Center
Commonwealth Ballroom
290 College Ave., Room 225
Blacksburg, VA 24060

Baylor University
October 9, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
Fountain Mall
1325 S. 5th Street
Waco, TX 76706

University of Maryland
October 11, 2017 @ 7:00 PM
Adele H. Stamp Student Union
Grand Ballroom, Room 1206
3972 Campus Drive
College Park, MD 20742

University of Washington
October 17, 2017 @ 7:00 PM

College of Charleston
October 26, 2017 @ TBD

And more coming soon!

 

P.S. – Want to bring a Brighten Up to YOUR college campus? Request a workshop here

ChangeMakers 2017 speakers
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The Makings of a ChangeMaker

ChangeMakers: A Bright Pink Benefit, is back for a second year, featuring a powerful lineup of  thought-provoking speakers who are changing the game for women’s health. Read on to learn more about these inspirational leaders, and purchase your tickets to support our work at BrightPink.org/ChangeMakers.

By joining us on September 27th at our annual fundraiser, ChangeMakers: A Bright Pink Benefit, you’ll have the opportunity to learn more about our life-saving mission and hear how other industry leaders are engaging and empowering women.

So, what makes these ChangeMakers so innovative? Here are some fast facts on our presenters:

Shradha Agarwal

Shradha Agarwal

  • Day job: President and Co-Founder of Outcome Health
  • Side hustle: Pays it forward through JumpStart Ventures to fund other passionate entrepreneurs who are executing ambitious solutions in healthcare, education and media communications
  • Early beginnings: Launched her first business at the age of 9 years old
  • Recognized authority: Named “Champion of Change” by the White House and awarded the title of “Prominent Woman in Tech”

Lisa Latts

Dr. Lisa Latts MD, MSPH, MBA, FACP

  • Day Job: Deputy Chief Health Officer for IBM Watson Health
  • Credentialed: Medical Doctor, Master of Science in Public Health, Master of Business Administration, Fellow of the American College of Physicians
  • Advising: Member of Board of Directors for the Denver Health Medical Plan, Inc. and Wildflower Health
  • Fun Fact: IBM Watson was introduced to the world as a contestant on Jeopardy!

James Toney

James Toney

  • Day Job: Senior Vice President, Technology & Innovation at 20th Century Fox
  • Go-getter: Cofounded an LA-based agency specializing in social impact marketing
  • Honors: Named one of Forbes’ 30 under 30
  • Expertise: Social Impact strategist for brands including Nike, Timberland, Virgin Mobile, Ford, Verizon Wireless and Gap, and causes including Save Darfur Coalition, and Bright Pink

Alicia Quarles

Alicia Quarles as Emcee

  • Day Job: CEO and journalist at AliciaQuarles.com
  • Entrepreneur: Launched her own multimedia company
  • Resume: Worked at E! News and The Associated Press
  • Expertise: Writing has been featured in The Washington Post, Google and Yahoo News, USA Today, TIME, Essence, and People

Support our own game changing approach to women’s health by purchasing your tickets today.

All proceeds from ticket sales directly benefit Bright Pink educational programs. Don’t miss this chance to help Bright Pink enable more women to live happier, healthier, and longer lives through the prevention and early detection of breast and ovarian cancer.

Risk-Reduction Lifestyle

3 Misconceptions about BRCA Gene Mutations

We’re breaking down 3 misconceptions about BRCA gene mutations with Bright Pink’s founder, Lindsay Avner and our friends over at Outcome Health.

  • Misconception #1: The BRCA gene is only relevant to women.
    This is false.
     Both men and women have BRCA genes. And since we get 50% of our genes from our mom and 50% from our dad, not only can the men in our life possess a genetic mutation in the BRCA gene, but they can also pass it on to their children. So when you’re collecting your family health history, don’t forget about Dad! It’s just as important to pay attention to your father’s side of the family history as your mother’s side because they both influence our breast and ovarian cancer risk equally.
  • Misconception #2: BReast CAncer susceptibility (BRCA) gene mutations are only associated with breast cancer.
    This is not true. Despite the name, the BRCA gene mutation is not only associated with breast cancer. Breast cancer affects about 1 in 8 women; making it the most common cancer diagnosis in women in the United States and ovarian cancer affects about 1 in 75 women. Women with a genetic mutation linked to breast and/or ovarian cancer are at much higher risk of developing these diseases at an earlier age than women born with a normal set of genes. Ovarian cancer, pancreatic cancer, and male breast cancer–are just some of the other diseases to be paying attention to if you carry a BRCA genetic mutation.
  • Misconception #3: Only Jewish people can have a BRCA gene mutation.
    This is incorrect.
     If you’re Ashkenazi Jewish you have a 1 in 40 chance of having a BRCA gene mutation compared to the general population where there’s a 1 in 400 chance. So while it may be less prevalent, it still is carried amongst the general population, only further emphasizing the need for Bright Pink’s work empowering all women throughout the US to personalize their approaches to breast and ovarian cancer risk assessment and proactive management.

Watch the video here:

 

For more information visit ExploreYourGenetics.org!

This video was produced by Outcome Health. The opinions or claims expressed here do not represent Outcome Health.

Girls Gone Rx
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Coming Together Through Crossfit to Save Lives: The Girls Gone RX Story

We have so many amazing people and organizations that put time and effort into fundraising to make what we do at Bright Pink possible, but the women who lead and participate in Girls Gone Rx are definitely among the most inspiring.

Girls Gone Rx athletes fundraise to compete in intense crossfit competitions across the country in support of Bright Pink’s mission. And so far this year, they have raised $80,000! Their hard work and dedication works to help Bright Pink educate women to be proactive about their breast and ovarian health.

Lindsey Marcelli and her mother, Linda

“We wanted to do something that showcased women’s strengths and weaknesses, because those are the two most important parts of battling something like cancer.”–Girls Gone RX Founder, Lindsey Marcelli

This powerful movement of women lifting for good started in 2012 with Girls Gone Rx founder, Lindsey Marcelli. Motivated by her own mother’s courageous journey with breast cancer, Marcelli wanted to create a way to inspire other women to feel strong and confident while raising money to help educate and empower young women.

“This team building event helps women learn to fight through obstacles and overcome them while learning to be strong, confident and fearless.”

Girls Gone Rx 2 Competition

The team-based crossfit competitions started at Lindsey’s own gym, Crossfit Eminence in Thornton, Colorado, and now has events all across the United States, Canada and Sweden.

In 2015, Bright Pink proudly became the beneficiary of Girls Gone Rx’s powerhouse fundraising efforts.

At U.S. events, a portion of each team’s registration fees benefit Bright Pink; but it doesn’t stop there. The competing teams of three are then incentivized to fundraise for Bright Pink because it makes up a portion of their overall competition score. Fundraising efforts and performance scores are then combined, and the winning team receives exclusive prizes.

“Each event and each workout is designed for women to come together and overcome something they perhaps didn’t think was possible.”

Girls Gone Rx Competition

A Girls Gone Rx event is a unique and powerful experience. The athletes who partake in Girls Gone Rx competitions are strong and inspiring whether they’re in the gym competing or out in the world.

“Everyone involved in the events, from judges to volunteers to vendors and athletes, are committed to the cause. This is not just another competition – it’s an energy-fueled event built on a shared belief in supporting something greater than ourselves.”

Girls Gone Rx athletes jumping

Think you have what it takes to join them? Visit GirlsGoneRx.com to register for an event near you today!

Power Boobies pin
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Using Art for Empowerment: The Power Boobies Story

Hyewon Grigoni created Power Boobies to support her cousin, Mary, during her journey with breast cancer. Now she’s donating a portion of the proceeds to Bright Pink in an effort to educate women across the United States to be proactive about their breast and ovarian health. Check out her Power Boobies enamel pins  here and here.

I’ve always made stuff. I think most artists say that. I paint and draw and sew, and sometimes, I get to make stuff for companies and individuals. I know it’s a privilege to be able to live as an artist. The older I get, the less seriously I take myself, the more I love my own work. As a kid I loved Vincent Van Gogh and Marc Chagall. In college I loved Lucian Freud. For the last ten years or so Maira Kalman has been my favorite artist.

My cousin-in-law Mary is amazing. She is super talented, super loving, and also super funny. She is someone I look up to so hard I have to crane my neck. That kind of person. And then, Mary was diagnosed with breast cancer.

I loved her the first time we met. I knew I’d scored in the in-law department. She’s the kind of person who brightens anything she’s a part of. A room, a conversation, a life. She’s genuine, she’s hilarious, you can’t meet this woman and not love her. That’s why it was frustrating not knowing how to support her.

She lives on the other side of the country, but I wanted to do something supportive for her in a tangible way.

I started looking for something to send her in the mail and couldn’t find anything that made sense, so eventually I just started sketching out ideas for the kind of thing I wanted to send her. I wanted to make her something that gave her a sense of empowerment, to encourage her daily; “you’ve got this!” but also something that was a little funny, to give her something light and silly to counter the darkness. It’s going to be a few years before a full recovery is achieved, so I wanted to make something that would last, that she could just have with her at all times, even if it meant just keeping it in her pocket like a secret superhero power kind of thing.

Power Boobies pin on sleeve.

One day I was visiting my mom when I sketched out what would become Power Boobies. My mom is a cancer survivor too, and thought it was a little nutty, but I knew I had made exactly the thing that I wanted to give to Mary.

The process took a while – I’d never designed an enamel pin in my life. I designed it by hand at first, then worked it up on my computer to be able to send the design to a company who could manufacture it. Since I’ve never had someone else actually make something I designed, it was important to me to have it made in the U.S. So I started calling pin shops. But all the companies I called had a minimum order of 75-200. That was a bit unexpected. But I’d set out to make this thing for Mary so I just went ahead and had them made.

I couldn’t wait to send it to Mary. I knew she’d either love it or hate it, and thankfully she loved it. I asked her what she thought if I put some pins on my Etsy site and she said to go for it. I was surprised when people started buying the pins and more so when they opened up to tell me their stories.

It is a huge honor to play even the tiniest part in someone’s life journey in this way. 

It wasn’t my intention to make a product to sell when I made Power Boobies. So once they started taking off, I wanted to find an organization with a tangible impact on women’s health. I found that in Bright Pink and wanted to partner with them through Power Boobies.

Women have worn the Power Boobies for themselves as supporters, fighters and survivors. Men and women have bought them for their loved ones who have just recently been given a diagnosis. Last week a woman bought them as party favors for her “Tata Titties” party before a risk-reducing double mastectomy.

I am so grateful to be able to spread a little bit of joy and encouragement to other women in their fight against breast and ovarian cancer.

I know that in many ways, I could have been a better friend and supporter to Mary. But one thing I’ve learned by now is how important it is to be genuine. To show up and show love as genuinely as you can – and as much as they need or don’t need. Don’t be afraid to connect with someone whose situation you might not fully understand. And also offer specific help: something as simple as bringing dinner and a stack of books, cleaning the bathroom, or walking their dog can mean so much. There are infinite ways to show love and encouragement.

Power Boobies enamel pin

Power Boobies started as something small and very personal between my cousin-in-law Mary and I, but it has turned into so much more than that for so many people. I am honored and humbled to be helping women, both by providing comfort and encouragement through the pins, but also by supporting Bright Pink with the proceeds.

 

If you’d like to use your passion or talents to fundraise for Bright Pink like Hyewon, check out VIPink for more information. Get your Power Boobies enamel pin here and here for $10. 

 

 

Community

National Call Your Doctor Day Is Today!

The following post was originally featured by our friends at Aerie, who are proudly teaming up with Bright Pink to support Call Your Doctor Day.  See the original post here. 

Call Your Doctor Day is today, June 13th! Aerie is teaming up with the non-profit Bright Pink to remind YOU to take a minute TODAY and schedule your yearly checkup. Need some encouragement? We talked to Dr. Deborah Lindner, OB/GYN and Bright Pink’s Chief Medical Officer, about why it’s so important to see your doctor every year and what to expect from your appointment. Read on to find out why you should take charge of your health and call your doctor!

Call Your Doctor Day With Bright Pink

Why should women go to their doctor every year?

DL: Seeing your doctor or other primary care provider once a year is one of the most important actions you can take for your breast and ovarian health. I remind women that even when you feel healthy you still need to go. It’s important for you and your doctor to have an understanding of what healthy means for you specifically. It’s your baseline.

What if I’m nervous or uncomfortable about going?

DL: That’s natural! But don’t let it stop you from taking care of your body. I encourage women to see their annual exam as this one day a year that you have a partner in managing your health. National Call Your Doctor Day is all about getting up the motivation to call and put your health first. It’s important to find a provider that takes time to answer your questions and makes you feel comfortable. And don’t forget that it never hurts to get a second opinion.

What should we know before our appointment?

DL: It’s helpful to come prepared with your questions—ask us anything, we’re here to work with you—so you can walk away with a more personalized plan to manage your risk for cancer and other diseases. I recommend taking the AssessYourRisk.org quiz by Bright Pink to get a comprehensive report on your baseline risk for breast and ovarian cancer that you can print and bring to your appointment.

Also, it’s helpful to keep track of any changes in your body, specifically in your breasts, or changes to your menstrual cycle or digestive system. If anything has persisted for longer than 2 weeks, bring this to your doctor’s attention.

What should we expect when we’re there?

DL: A well woman exam should include a clinical breast exam, where your healthcare provider will feel your breasts with their hands. It should be thorough, cover all the breast tissue, and typically last several minutes. If your doctor offers this exam, say yes—and if your doctor doesn’t bring it up, make sure you do.

Your provider will also perform a pelvic exam where he or she will actually feel your ovaries to see if there is anything abnormal. During your pelvic exam, you may also receive a pap smear. It’s important to note that a pap smear checks for cervical cancer – not ovarian cancer.

As an OB/GYN, what is your biggest piece of advice for young women?

DL: You’re your own best health advocate. Be confident and take charge of scheduling your appointment. Let Bright Pink help you – join us and Aerie on June 13th  and make the call. Get all the resources you need by visiting CallYourDoctorDay.org.

Through 2017, all annual well woman exams are covered by insurance through the Affordable Care Act.

 

Bright Pink founder, Lindsay Avner with Education Ambassadors Cailtin Lopez and Brittany Whitman
Personal Stories

A Bright Pink Education Ambassador’s Story: Caitlin Lopez

Interested in making a difference in the lives of young women? Become a Bright Pink Education Ambassador or PinkPal today. Read on for Cailtin Lopez’s story.

In my family, the only known case of breast cancer was my maternal grandmother when she was around 50 years old. She had a single mastectomy with no reconstruction and that was it. However, my gynecologist advised that I should consider genetic testing because of my family history of other cancers. My mother was tested first and when she received her results I immediately went in for testing. It was then that I discovered I am BRCA+.

I met with a genetic counselor and we discussed all of my options for prevention and early detection such as surveillance, medications, and surgery. She also introduced me to Bright Pink and suggested their PinkPal program which matches young women who are at high risk for breast and ovarian cancer with fellow high-risk individuals. I immediately reached out and received a PinkPal. I was partnered with a wonderful woman who had been in my exact situation. She helped me feel confident, answered all of my questions, and made me feel at ease.  Cailtin Lopez with her Bright Pink T-shirt

After my PinkPal helped me realize that I would be OK, I made a decision and a life plan of what I would do in regards to my BRCA+ status; I went through with surgery. After I recovered, I decided I was ready to support others.  

I received a PinkPal in 2013 and I became a PinkPal in early 2014. It was important for me to provide that comfort for other women that my PinkPal provided for me. It’s nice to know that you have a support group when you’re going through something that affects your life so much.

I wanted to continue my journey of volunteering with Bright Pink so I attended Bright Pink University, a training program for volunteers, in the summer of 2014. There I learned how to present the Brighten Up Educational Workshop, which is a 30-minute presentation that covers the basics of breast and ovarian health, introduces the idea of different lifetime risk levels, and provides early detection and prevention strategies.

Completing Bright Pink University was one of the greatest things I have ever done. Not only has it been beneficial for me, but for others in my family and community as well.

I remember being nervous while waiting to present my first Brighten Up Workshop. It was at St John’s University in Queens. The group was really positive and asked lots of great questions.  I’ll never forget that group – and I have educated new groups at St John’s University every year for the last three years. They always welcome me with open arms.    

Being informed is an important factor in order to be in control of your health.  I am honored and happy to be a part of an organization, like Bright Pink, that helps empower people to be proactive and teach them to take knowledge and turn it into something wonderful.

Caitlin Lopez after presenting a Brighten Up Workshop

While a goal of mine is to educate as many women as possible, I’m a huge fan of smaller groups too, because women (and men) tend to ask more questions, share their stories, and feel more connected. I love the feeling of helping women understand that they have control over their health and can choose to be proactive.  

Empowering women is something I am truly passionate about.

Becoming a Bright Pink ambassador has empowered me and I love the fact that I can help people dig into their family history and question their doctors. I always want to help others, especially women, and Bright Pink helps me accomplish this. My own family health history and personal genetics push me to help others realize that they are in control of their health and they don’t need to be afraid of their genetic testing results. I want everyone to know they can help themselves and their families and choose to be proactive.

 

Caitlin was inspired to volunteer with Bright Pink because of her genetic testing journey and her drive to empower others.  Find out how you can make a difference in the lives of young women. Become a Bright Pink Education Ambassador or PinkPal today.

 

 

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