Breast Cancer Awareness Month means different things to different people. For some, it’s about celebrating survival and new life after the long battle with cancer has been won. For others, it’s about remembering and reflecting on the life of a loved one lost to the disease.
Sadly, a large number of students who are leaving high school and transitioning into college often lack the knowledge and or skills to advocate for themselves. That being said, it is imperative that they learn and develop self-advocacy skills, as well as cultivate a strong sense of empowerment before exiting high school.
At 8 years old, I received my first wheelchair and it gave me the freedom and independence my legs failed to provide. It became my equalizer, allowing me to live a more inclusive lifestyle. Today, it still affords me the opportunity to maintain the independent lifestyle for which I am so grateful.
Mental health issues affect 1 in 4 people every year. Therefore, no one should feel ashamed. By sharing our experiences and not being afraid to speak the words, "I need help" when we feel we do, together we can eradicate the stigma.
Having a voice and being a strong self-advocate when it comes to accessible healthcare is of the utmost importance. After all, who knows your body better than you?