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13 Things I Learned From HPV and Cancer That Could Save Your Life

I was 26 years old in 2015 when I was diagnosed with cervical cancer. I had gone for the dreaded pap smear that June (my first in 3 years) and when the results came back abnormal, I didn’t think anything of it because I knew I had HPV when I was 19. Then, I put off the follow-up colposcopy for months because I had a new job and trip planned to the Bahamas. I couldn’t be bothered with something as harmless as a few abnormal cells. There was practically no indication I was sick – I felt fine, worked out regularly, and went to happy hours and out on weekends like we all do.

Six Lessons I Learned in 2017

2017 marked the end of year two of business with Six Degrees Society. Two years ago I was in a corporate office, not quite sure what drove me and trying to figure out who I was. I was so unsure of myself and the choices I made. As a business owner I still have no idea what I’m doing but love making choices knowing that if they don’t work that it’s on me. While running a business feels like your whole life, I took this year to start understanding how I wanted my life to look. Through our event programming I learned so much that I was able to implement into my own life. Check out my year of learnings below.

Now Hear This: Women Speak Up at NYC Podcast Festival

Podcasts are often about topics we don't talk about in "polite conversations". Like talking about your dead husband and how your feelings don't just die with him. 

When Nora McInerny got engaged, it was on a hospital bed. Her fiancée Aaron was undergoing treatment for brain cancer. When the chemo proved unsuccessful, Nora found herself raising their son alone. In her podcast “Terrible, Thanks for Asking” Nora talks about what it’s like to be, in her words, a “notable widow.” After Aaron died, she found herself having awkward conversations with people navigating her grief like it was something optional, something to be ignored.