One of the benefits of being a blogger, even a lesser known blogger, is that you get invited to cool parties. Normally, when someone or some entity invites you to one of their cool parties, they expect, or at least hope, you'll blog about it.
Normally I'm able to skirt the issue by posting an event on Savvy Source, where I put in a handful of hours a week, or by tweeting it, etc. I hate to use this space, this white column between the yellow and green columns on All Adither, for anything remotely commercial. It's all my creative ramblings, my photos, and I want to keep it that way.
But last Monday night, some nifty women from theYellowUmbrella.org, came to Seattle, threw a small bash with food, drinks, cupcakes, musician Christine Baze and eye palette giveaways by Debra Macki (smart, because I don't know any woman, besides maybe my sister, who can resist a cute eye palette). They hoped we would help them spread the word about cervical cancer prevention. I couldn't say no.
I've never had cervical cancer, no one in my family has had cervical cancer. But I do know what it feels like to be told you've had an irregular pap and to have to undergo a cervical biopsy, which HURTS like a mother fucker (and I still say this after having two kids). I can sort of, in my worst nightmares, imagine the crushing panic of being told you do, indeed, have cancer. That's what happened to Baze, at the age of 31. She's a gregarious, cool, stunningly talented singer who isn't afraid to get out there and talk about her chemo, radiation, loss of fertility, and her cervix if it'll convince other women to get regular paps and tests for HPV (which can cause cervical cancer).
So, as a tiny-time blogger, that's my message today. Get tested for HPV. Go to your gyno once a year (without fail, ladies) and convince other women in your life to do the same.
And if you comment on this post by Saturday at 10pm Pacific Daylight Savings Time, I'll choose one of you at random to receive a free Debra Macki eye palette.
That is all.