Are you aware of your family’s history with cancer? Do you speak up for yourself when something with your health seems and feels off?
Cancer is one of the leading causes amongst women of color. African American women have the highest mortality rates for all cancers combined compared to any other racial or ethnic group.
Today on the Black Women Rising Podcast, we sat down with national cancer advocate and writer Kandis Draw. Kandis shares her story about how losing her mother to ovarian cancer and researching gynecological cancer led her to become a cancer advocate. Kandis now travels and speaks all over, advocating for those who can’t advocate for themselves as she encourages those of us who can advocate for ourselves to do so. Listen here as Candice shares tips for combatting cancer and multiple ways to advocate for ourselves.
Key discussion points from this episode include:
[00:03:53] - Learning The Lesson of Accountability
[00:05:44] - Being Inspired And Being My Best Self
[00:07:20] - Advocating For Cancer
[00:08:53] - How Women of Color Can Begin to Combat Cancer
[00:13:00] - Knowing The Right Questions To Ask
[00:18:20] - Getting Educated on Gynecological Cancers
[00:20:50] - *Black Girl Magic
Connect with Kandis:
Website: Caring for Multiple People (caregiving.com)
Kandis Draw lives in Chicago, IL, and is a National Illinois Advocate for the Ovarian Cancer Research Alliance, writer and a contributor on Caregiving.com. She writes for Curvicality.com, an online magazine for plus sized women that focuses on body positivity, fashion, news, and more. Kandis has been featured across Cancer Wellness Magazine, Tina's Wish Blog, Ignite Hope Candles, We Have Cancer, my Cancer story podcast and more.