This is the first post under my new name, Christine’s Memes. I would like to take credit for the name but my daughter Alex was the creator. (I am so proud).
According to Wikipedia A meme (pronounced /ˈmiːm/, rhyming with “cream”) is a postulated unit of cultural ideas, symbols or practices, which can be transmitted from one mind to another through writing, speech, gestures, rituals or other imitable phenomena.
My definition is a meme is anything I want to talk about. I changed the name so I could differentiate my personal blog posts versus my JTMarCom posts. There will be duplication but I feel that this is a better format for more personal thoughts and ideas.
My original thought for this first post was to talk about my learning curve in social media after being a traditional marketer for over twenty years. My learning curve was no curve at all but a straight up rocket. And it has been a fantastic ride.
But all of a sudden life has gotten in my way.
So if you are squeamish stop now. 🙂
I had to have a radical hysterectomy on March 8. And I was not happy about it. My hysterectomy included the removal of my uterus, ovaries and fallopian tubes. Fortunately, I am finished with my child rearing. I have two wonderful daughters, Alexandra and Victoria ( Alex and Tori.). Why the surgery? Well, I did what all smart women should do. Get a regular OBGYN check up and found out that I had an “unidentifiable mass”.
Yes, I was freaked out. I was scared. But more than that, I was and am pissed! Our COBRA insurance runs out in a month. An unidentified mass was the doctor’s way of saying it could be cancer, which means I cannot switch to the insurance company I planned to. My mass was considered a pre-existing condition. The medical and insurance company had limited my choices. I could not try alternative treatment because if it didn’t work I would not be covered at a later date. I have even been told that mentioning the word cancer in my blog could hurt me in obtaining insurance.
Why am I telling you all this? I need your help. How can we as the social media, marketing, public relations community address this issue? I am embarrassed to say I have been so busy building a business that I have not participated in the healthcare debate in our country. I will take a guess that neither have you.
I for one, plan to change that. Getting the GREAT news that I did not have cancer has given me a much needed wake-up call. I will no longer put up with mediocrity either within myself or others. I can bitch and moan or I can do something. I will be doing research over the next few weeks, to see how I can be more involved. I do not care about political parties, red or blue. I do care about my and my family’s future. The question is where do I start?
I know that the healthcare bill just passed. I want the details and I intend to get them. I am looking for sources….NOT political rhetoric. Life is too short to be mired in useless words. Do you think getting the facts is possible?