From Mother To Mother

I would like to address (without attacking) all the concerned mothers out there who have recently read into all the false information regarding the Gardasil vaccine.

First of all, I would like to say I understand why some mother’s are hesitant to give their children the vaccine. After reading the intent of these articles, who wouldn’t be. But let me reassure you the vaccine is safe and millions of pre-teens receive it every year.

shutterstock_186335381-375x250I feel with so much false information circulating social media it’s easy to believe these stories. For example, I just read an article claiming how Dr. Diane Harper was the “leading researcher” for Gardasil and Cervarix, this information is totally false and also claiming how children don’t need the vaccine. Dr. Diane Harper backs that statement up by telling mother’s across the world that our bodies “can clear the infection in 2 years”.

When actually, researchers don’t truly know if our bodies fight it off completely. We also don’t know why one will develop cancer and another won’t. It’s so dangerous to me that someone with no scientific proof of these alleged injuries caused by Gardasil could urge mother’s to look into the vaccine before vaccinating their children to PREVENT cancer. Let me also remind you, anyone can report a side effect that may have absolutely nothing to do with the Gardasil vaccine. We have to be better advocates for our children, we need to get the facts and not some Internet medical bologna.

I would urge women to go the CDC.GOV /HPV.com for accurate information regarding the Gardasil vaccine and HPV-RELATED cancers.

PicSayPro$201f50903_101111-picsayI knew very little about HPV, nothing of cervical cancer or all the other cancers HPV can cause. In 2006, I actually denied the Gardasil vaccine because I too was misinformed. Let’s fast forward to 2014, after never missing a Pap smear or ever having an abnormal Pap smear, I was diagnosed with stage 2A1 cervical cancer. I couldn’t believe it, I was so pissed and after all isn’t it preventable with annual Paps? I was so angry, I pulled all my medical records and contacted an attorney right away. How could I? I was healthy and took care of myself, I feel when tragedies happen to us we naturally want to hold someone or something accountable. I now have recurrent cervical cancer and currently, there’s no cure. I would do ANYTHING to protect my children, I would die for my children and coincidentally I’m fighting for my life; for my children. I will be vaccinating both of my boy’s to prevent HPV-related cancers, genital warts and to also protect their future partners.

I too was misinformed and not vaccinated. I would give anything to have Gardasil available when I was a pre-teen. The numbers of HPV infections are dropping, the vaccine works guys so protect your children. Cancer is horrible and HPV doesn’t discriminate.

Please talk to your pediatrician or better yet, call the CDC. Too many people are suffering from the affects of HPV. Get your info from a reliable source and not some hocus pocus on the Internet. Ask yourself why are we denying science and why have we become a generation who is opposed to vaccines that have been saving lives for decades? There is no hidden agenda, vaccines work.

Don’t you want to protect your children from potential cancer? I do…

Jillian Scalfani is a #Cervivor of cervical cancer, not once but twice and she’s currently in remission and her goal is to educate and empower women on the facts of HPV and HPV-related cancers. 

She is a long time Massachusetts resident, mother of two and a hairdresser. She enjoys spending her time with her family and friend’s as each day is a gift and takes nothing for granted. 

Squeezing It All In: Advocating on LIVE TV

By Cervivor Ambassador Heather

IMG_9008Recently, fellow Cervivor Ambassador, Melissa B., and I had the opportunity to do some advocacy work on a local TV show, and it was LIVE! It was our first time being on live TV, and we weren’t quite sure what to expect. Everything happens so fast — you show up, wait until they call you to the set, seconds later you’re on the air, and minutes later you’re done, whisked away to get your belongings and be on your way!

We knew in advance that the focus would be around Cervivor Ambassador Danielle’s lovely Disney Princesses, but, aside from that, we went in pretty blind.  There was no time to meet with the show host beforehand. We didn’t even know what she’d ask or how the segment would flow.

How did we get the important messages in? We did as much in advance as we could. We knew what we wanted our talking points to be, and we manipulated the conversation the best we could to focus on our intended messages.

WATCH HERE >>> http://wishtv.com/2016/02/16/disney-princess-campaign-brings-cervical-cancer-awareness/

Chatting with Danielle beforehand allowed us to get some talking points about the Disney Princesses from her point of view. In a way, we were there representing her and illustrator Maritza Lugo – so we wanted their perspective. As ambassadors, we were also there representing Cervivor. Therefore, we made sure to speak to some of the pillars of Cervivor’s mission: sharing our stories, giving factual and impactful information, and advocating for women to advocate for themselves in order to help eradicate cervical cancer. We knew what we wanted to say and knew we had to be quick. We adapted our responses to the host’s questions to fit our agenda the best that we could. It’s a bit ironic that even though live TV is somewhat unpredictable, we still had control of our responses. We listened for small details and hooks within her questions that we could grasp on to and use as leverage into what messages we wanted give.

It was quick, it was fun, and we made the most of the time we had.  Every little bit helps our cause!