Sometimes I have days at work that make me feel like I'm starring in an After School Special. Today was one of those days.
I was asked by my oncologist to be his guest on AM Buffalo. They were doing a segment about Cervical Cancer Awareness Month and he needed a patient that was willing to talk about her diagnosis. Go on live tv and talk about your hoohoo? Who would do that? I said yes.
It made it easier to say yes because I knew what I was getting in to. I work at Channel 7. I've seen live tapings of the show. I know Linda is a fabulous host that makes you feel like you're chatting with a friend, not being interviewed on live tv. She's been in my shoes. I knew I was safe.
I think I was fine and excited about my decision to do this until I walked in the studio. I didn't know my heart could beat so fast. Besides having to be on live tv, I was wearing adult clothes so i was uncomfortable. 'Why are you telling us this?', you ask? I had surgery last Friday. This was the first day since then that I wasn't wearing elastic waisted comfy pants AND I was wearing high heels. Silly me thought I should look professional on tv. It wasn't until my coworkers started trickling into the studio and each one asked me where my red shoes were that I regretted dressing like an adult. They know. They're amazing. That was all it took-I needed my red shoes.
This is where the After School Special portion of my day kicked in. Picture little Susie sitting on the sidelines at her first basketball game. Her friends bring her these red shoes and then she magically plays the best game ever as her friends cheer her on.
In real life, my entire sales team came down to the studio before the interview. They saw I didn't have my red shoes on, so someone ran up to my desk to get them - They know how much these silly shoes mean to me. Then they all stuck around to watch their little assistant talk about having cancer on live TV. Its not just at home, from family and friends, that I have support. I have support from these crazy kids at work and I'm super grateful.
They care. They're not coworkers. They're friends. They're my work family. I'm a lucky girl.
Check out the Doc and I on AM Buffalo: http://www.wkbw.com/am-buffalo/cervical-cancer-awareness-month
And when you're done watching, call and make a Dr. appointment. It could save your life.