NYC Pap Rally & Run 5K Run/Walk

The Faces of Cervical Cancer/HPV
Five years ago I heard four words from my doctor that I never in a million years thought I would hear-- "You Have Cervical Cancer".

I was clueless about the whole thing. I was facing my own mortality, I did not what to do, and I had to fight hard for my life.  It was a tough journey, but I came out on the other side.

Even though I won the battle, I was left numb and scared.  Will this monster come back again?? You don't know the answer to that question, but you hold on to hope and positive vibes.

My Five Year Cancerversary - A Big Milestone

Me and My Wonderful Doctor
It's my fifth year CANCERVERSARY!!!!  I have been counting the days to reach  this big milestone.

Five years in this time and age is not a long time, but as a cancer survivor it means a lot.  It means that the odds of this ugly monster coming back diminishes.

Make no mistake, there will ALWAYS be that  thought in back of my mind, but I'm able to control it a little better now. I'm not looking over my shoulder as much.  Life does go on after cancer.

Health Screening Event - A Success

(L-R) Nadia, Michelle, Cervivor Patti, Jessica & Ayanna
On Saturday, April 26, 2014 the organizations LUCES and Tamika and Friends partnered with the New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center to offer breast, cervical and colon cancer screenings.

It was a cloudy and raining morning but the mission had to go forward, and forward it did.  We are pleased to report that over 20 women had their pap tests and over 50 women had their mammograms.  Yay!!!

We couldn't have ask for better numbers or maybe we can.  We hope that next time more women take advantage of this great opportunity as a preventive measure to prevent breast, cervical and colon cancer. 

mAss Kickers Interview

I was honored to have been featured  on the mAss Kickers organization's website a few months ago.  The mAss Kickers Foundation (MKF) was founded by brain cancer survivor Eric Galvez  . MKF is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization, which provides support and motivation to all newly-diagnosed patients, family, and friends affected by tumors or cancer. MKF serves this mission through its website, fund-raising, and select events throughout the year.

Screenings for Breast, Cervical & Colorectal Cancers

The non-profit organizations LUCES and Tamika & Friends partnered with the New York Presbyterian/Columbia University Medical Center to offer the Manhattan community FREE Health Screenings.  

On Saturday, April 26, 2014 between 9am -1pm there will be Health Screenings for Breast, Cervical and Colo-rectal Cancers at the Herbert Irving Pavilion - 161 Fort Washington Avenue c/o 168th Street, New York, NY 10032.

Raising Awareness on Breast and Cervical Cancer by LUCES and Tamika & Friends

Zumba® Fitness Instructors,  LUCES and T&F
On March 29th, 2014 there was a fundraising Zumbathon® at Our Lady Queen of Martyr Church's Auditorium in upper Manhattan, NY.  The weather did not cooperate because  it was raining, but it did not stopped our mission.

Many people dropped by to have a great time, give support, and be empowered with knowledge.  The three hours just flew - it is true when they say "Times flies when you having fun."

Fundraising for Breast and Cervical Cancer Awareness

L.U.C.E.S. and Tamika & Friends
The non-profit organization L.U.C.E.S. (Latinas Contra el Cancer del Seno) which means Latinas Against Breast Cancer and the non-profit organization Tamika and Friends will be working together to bring breast and cervical cancer awareness in upper Manhattan in NYC.

On Saturday, March 29th, 2014 there will be a Zumbathon to raise funds to continue educational workshops and events to educate all women on how to prevent and early detect symptoms of these two diseases that affect us.

The Zumbathon will be three hours long in the Washington Heights area in upper Manhattan - at the Our Lady Queen of Martyr's Church Aditorium.  There will be lots of prizes and surprises.  Amazing Licensed Zumba Fitness Instructors will be leading this great party.

Love, Marriage & Cancer

Not to many of us survivors talk or open up about what goes on with our relationships before during and after a cervical cancer diagnosis. It is important to know that there will be changes in the relationship and it will take patience, understanding and most importantly love to find each other again.

Cervivor School - Iganaural Class 2014

Cervivor Advocates
On January 25, 2014, I was honored to have been handpicked to be one of the first survivors to attend Cervivor School being held at The Eventi Hotel in New York City.

 Cervivor Shcool  was a full day of  learning. Survivors came together in person. and...
  • We gained a better understanding of HPV and how it created cancer inside of you.
  • We learned about impactful storytelling so we can share our journey in a meaningful way with others.
  • We learned to connect with each other and become a community of sister survivors, committed to making a difference in this world.

Happy Belated 2nd Birthday - A New Camino

Happy Belated 2nd Birthday A New Camino.  I can't believe it was 2 years ago on January 9, since I started A New Camino.  Two years ago I decided to start documenting my way back from that horrible diagnosis that stopped my life as I knew it.

Sorry to be a little late wishing it a Happy Birthday, but in honor of its birthday, January being cervical cancer awareness month, and this year marking a milestone for me -- I decided A New Camino needed a new look, and more TLC - so for January it was under construction.  I hope you all like its new look. Yay!!

Feautured on CervivorTV

So what is CervivorTV?  Well, Tamika Felder, Founder of Tamika and Friends,  is a TV producer and interviewer for her day job, so  it makes sense that to bring lots of great information to everyone through video. Each week, you will hear interviews with exciting and interesting people, such as survivors, health care providers, leading researchers, advocacy group leaders, and policymakers.
  • You’ll hear other women’s stories.
  • You’ll get the latest news in HPV and cervical cancer prevention and treatment.
  • You’ll hear how to have a steamy sex life after cancer or how to deal with the frustration of fertility issues.
 You will not want to miss one episode!  

What Is Cervivor?

So I am sure that by now you must have heard of Cervivor.  If you haven't, then let me tell you what this revolution is all about.  I'm so excited to be part of this amazing project.

Cervivor is a project launched by Tamika and Friends, Inc.   in September of 2013, and its a nonprofit organization that works to prevent cervical cancer diagnosis through patient education and survivor empowerment.