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The 411 on Planning an Online Event for your Cause

The only thing you need when planning a campaign to raise awareness for your cause is the desire to make change happen…

Of course, there are many other components in planning any type of campaign, network or mission that aims to influence the public and media but, in order to do so, you must be committed to your mission and the endless hours it may take to see it through.

As an advocate, I would love to move mountains with one single thought, story or event but, I have learned you sometimes need to start small. Even if you are reaching just a handful of people it’s about making a difference and building a loyal network in which you create a foundation for larger scale campaigns in the future.

Online campaigns, in particular, offer low maintenance, low cost, target audiences and the ability to be far-reaching. It in many ways can be like running a non-profit for your cause, with infinitely less manpower and regulation.

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2016 Best Kept Secret winner, Lisa Cypers Kamen, Celebrates New Book Release

It’s safe to say that 2016 was a tough year and, with the start of 2017, things don’t seem much brighter. From political upsets to the loss of major icons, and anger-filled social media feeds to daily violent news reports, it’s understandable that stress levels are running high. Internationally recognized positive psychology coach and talk radio show host, Lisa Cypers Kamen’s powerful message of how to take control of your own happiness is not only relevant but desperately needed.

Internationally recognized positive psychology coach and talk radio show host Lisa Cypers Kamen’s powerful message of how to take control of your own happiness is not only relevant but desperately needed. “It’s not enough to just think happy thoughts,” says Cypers Kamen. “We must take action to create happiness.” And thankfully she’s sharing just how to do that in her new book, Are We Happy Yet? Eight Keys to Unlocking a Joyful Life, a no-nonsense fusion of science and heart, filled with proven tools and techniques for creating your very own “happiness revolution.”

In Are We Happy Yet? Cypers Kamen reveals her breakthrough system for cultivating sustainable happiness and well-being, regardless of life’s drama, trauma, or challenges. Through practical tips, tools, and exercises, she shows readers exactly how to boost their “Happiness-Factor” to new levels, and tap into the joy and peace they deserve. Through her wide-ranging, decades-long career, Cypers Kamen has redefined — for herself and many others, worldwide —the pursuit of happiness, even during life’s most challenging times. Are We Happy Yet? draws on that expertise and shows readers how to take the applicable principles of positive psychology, and start using it in their daily lives.

“Positive psychology focuses on what’s right with life here, now and tomorrow, rather than ruminating on what’s wrong with it and what happened in the past,” says Cypers Kamen. “Are We Happy Yet? helps readers embrace the absolute best parts of life, each and every day.”

Are We Happy Yet? is available for pre-order on Amazon, Barnes & Noble, IndieBound and neighborhood booksellers and will be released on March 20, 2017 —the United Nations International Day of Happiness.

Keep reading as Lisa gives you a taste of the powerful tools “Are We Happy Yet?” can offer!

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Feature Friday: Martinus Evans – Obesity/Weight Loss Patient Leader

After 20 weeks of physical therapy for a hip pain, Martinus Evans visited an orthopedic specialist hoping for some answers.

“Mr. Evans, it’s because you’re fat and you need to start walking and losing weight.”

Although shocked and embarrassed, Martinus’ response was clear.

Screw walking, I’ll run a marathon.

His doctor said it was the stupidest thing he’s ever heard (#WhatTheHealthcare) but Martinus was determined to do what his doctor felt was the impossible.

Martinus left the doctor’s office, bought some running shoes and created his blog, 300 Pounds and Running.

Starting his blog wasn’t a hard decision, “When someone tells you no you have to prove them wrong.”

And prove him wrong he did. Martinus has ran numerous races the past couple of years.

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Tardive Dyskinesia Side Effect, Not Side Show.

Have you ever felt that you were the one patient who just couldn’t be helped? That was my mindset three years into my search for relief from Tardive Dyskinesia. My only saving grace at that point was my husband; he didn’t entertain that thought and wouldn’t let me. We were both up every morning at 5am, googling “movement disorder specialists,” “neurology,” “extrapyramidal symptoms,” “Tardive Dyskinesia,” and more.

Tardive Dyskinesia (TD) is a chronic condition some people develop after taking anti-depressants, certain GI medications, and atypical antipsychotics.

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A Look Back on 2016 and the Cancer Moonshot Initiative

 

“For the loved ones we’ve all lost, for the families that we can still save…let’s make America the country that cures cancer once and for all.” This powerful statement from President Obama came just under a year ago, as he gave his final State of the Union Address. It was then, he announced a nationwide Cancer Moonshot initiative – an initiative with the end goal to cure cancer!

At the charge of this initiative we have Vice President Joe Biden. VP Biden has had a very personal connection with cancer. In May 2015, he lost his son, Beau, to brain cancer. Beau passed away at the very young age of 46. He was a lawyer by training, and joined the Delaware National Guard in 2003 serving as a major in the Judge Advocate General’s Corps. In 2008, he was deployed in Iraq – during his father’s run for Vice President.

Vice President Biden explained how the Moonshot is not necessarily a time bound campaign. It’s more than that. “The Cancer Moonshot is a movement that lives in communities across the United States and the world — and it will live long after we leave office,” He continued, “Mr. President, we can’t afford for it not to, because the need is too great and the promise even greater.”

Cancer Moonshot Summit

June 28th, 2016 the Cancer Moonshot Summit was hosted at Howard University in Washington D.C. Not limited to this location, mini-summits were held at more than 270 locations across the country. At this summit, VP Biden, along with over 350 researchers, oncologists, data and technology experts, patients, families and advocates, would come together to discuss the goal to double the rate of progress in cancer prevention, diagnosis, treatment and care.

Treatment

Huge strides have been made in cancer treatment over the last year. One method in particular has been immunotherapy.Immunotherapy is a method of treatment using one’s own immune system to work smarter and harder to combat disease. There are a variety of different immunotherapy treatment types, but one in particular that has shown hope this year is called monoclonal antibody drugs (anti-PD1 or anti-PD-L1).

This targeted therapy can be used on it’s own, or in combination with other types of treatments. The specific drug, Keytruda (generic name pemrolizumab), is one in particular that has been used to treat a variety of different types of cancer. This type of drug targets specific sites or proteins, within cancer cells. The pro to this is that it targets bad cancer cells and leaves your bodies normal cells alone, unlike traditional treatments like chemotherapy and radiation, that can actually hurt the rest of your body, while trying to get rid of cancer cells.

In October 2015, Keytruda was FDA approved to treat non-small cell lung cancer. Just over a year later in October 2016, it was approved as first-line treatment of certain patients with metastatic non-small cell lung cancer. This means, it is not only an approved treatment method, but it is actually the first option – as opposed to traditional treatments like chemotherapy, radiation and surgery. With this drug’s success, it is being used in new clinical trials for other cancers, like mesothelioma.

This is a huge feat, and goes to show that emerging treatment methods can really make a difference in how those with cancer are being treated.

To Infinity and Beyond 2016

Inevitably, along the way to finding a cure for cancer, there will be hurdles and barriers. Luckily, the first year of the Cancer Moonshot initiative has proven to be successful in terms of rethinking how we currently view and deal with cancer. More efforts will be put into technology, data, diagnosis, treatment and prevention. Eventually, the work being done can bring us to a cure. Along the way, the Moonshot will be bringing plenty of benefits to those affected by cancer!


screen-shot-2016-09-23-at-10-29-49-amThe Mesothelioma Cancer Alliance is dedicated to serving mesothelioma victims and their families. Make sure to follow them on Twitter and Facebook for the latest updates!

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