Even before I went to graduate school to get an actual education degree, I’ve spent a lot of time in my life teaching. This role was given to me early on in life as the eldest of six and continued as we were all homeschooled, most of us through middle school. While we didn’t have a “one room schoolhouse” model, my mom often had those of us who were older help the younger ones.
Fast forward through law school and managing law firms for others and finally owning my own law firm, I also spent a lot of time educating my clients, then the other lawyers and the Judges. I’ve only participated in a few jury trials since most of my career was focused on mediation, settlements, and then Bench trials where it’s just the Judge who makes a decision. This experience was education with a large dose of persuasion as I learned to use the facts to show how my client should prevail.
After my diagnosis with Stage IV Metastatic Breast Cancer in 2017, my focus and efforts and goals have changed. Now, when I speak, I comfortably mix vignettes and personal examples with the statistics that have become familiar to me, but are still unfamiliar for the general public. Since immersing myself in the MBC community, I’m still so astonished when I spend time with others who are as yet uninformed.
And so I take every opportunity that is offered to me to speak about MBC, my experiences, and how others can be allies. When my friend, Dr. Jill Norburn, a fellow allumna of the University of Central Florida and Real Estate Mavin, asked me to put together a seminar for the Winter Park Health Foundation, I eagerly accepted. The presentation was recorded and I have shared it below. Jill, of course, asked the best and most probing questions during the presentation.
I hope you enjoy this presentation and I welcome any and all questions!