Getting diagnosed with cancer is terrifying. Getting treatment doesn't have to be. After surgery, I faced 33 radiation treatments, one every day. Rather than focus on how scary that was, I doubled down on resilience. I wanted to embrace being alive! Especially if these were to be my last days. I decided I would wear 33 dresses to my 33 radiation treatments. This became a bit of a movement, with lots of people joining in.
It made me randomly a little bit famous. UPMC, the hospital in Pittsburgh, PA where I was treated made this commercial. It was directed by Gabriela Cowperthwaite who directed Blackfish about the whales at Seaworld. She is very cool. Talk about five minutes of unexpected fame - this ad has been shown continuously for the last five years. My face has graced buses, billboards, Steelers games, movie theaters and the Superbowl.
Moral of the story - be your best self, you never know who's watching and getting inspired.