welcome to the MovemenT
The #checkyourself movement
WHAT we DO
Keynote speech presentation for schools/universities, businesses and breast cancer awareness events.
Educate and empower young individuals to be confident, proactive health advocates for themselves.
Cancer support and coaching throughout each stage of breast cancer; diagnosis, treatment, post treatment and survivorship.
Accompany cancer patients to appointments and chemotherapy sessions.
In person and online breast cancer support group meetings for individuals diagnosed under 45 years old.
Provide a safe space to share personal breast cancer stories, concens and questions.
Share pivotal knowledge on what you need to look out for regarding your breast health and breast abnormalities.
Assist with clinic openings offering FREE mammograms and pap smears as well as referrals for all diagnostic testing in your community.
Everything that the #checkyourself movement represents is founded in the core belief that no one should ever feel:
Dismissed by a healthcare provider
Like a statistic and not an individual
Denied early detection screening exams because of their age
Like they are crazy or overreacting when expressing concern and symptoms
Alone or lonely during their breast cancer journey
The #checkyourself movement is committed to provide a safe space for:
SHARING, LEARNING, LISTENING, SUPPORTING EACH OTHER
8 months... 8 months of being ignored, denied testing and dismissed because of my age. I was 33 years old with a large lump on my right breast and I was told to watch it. I was told to keep watching it as it grew, as it became the focus of my life, as I developed other concerning symptoms. If I didn't trust my gut I wouldn't be here today. Invasive ductal carcinoma was what that lump was and I deserved to find that out before I did. Instead of having a mammography or a biopsy right away which would have possibly caught the cancer in it's earliest stage, I was told to watch and wait and see what happens. Stage 3 breast cancer with lymph node involvement. The cancer was spreading and eventually it was going to silently kill me. I endured months of chemotherapy, a double mastectomy, radiation therapy and now hormone suppressing medicine is keeping me alive today.
I founded The #Checkyourself Movement: A public speaking project created to empower and educate young men and women to be their own proactive health advocates. We are not statistics, we are individuals. I tell my personal story to hopefully leave an impact and create awareness not just regarding breast health, but for patient rights no matter your age! I have been in remission for 3 years. I often think about the day I heard the words "It is Cancer" and then "I'm sorry". I advocate for and educate people so they either never hear these words or get to hear them as early as possible. Currently, I have immersed myself into Healthcare as a career by becoming a PCA (Patient Care Assistant) and an Occupational Health Manager for clinics in my community. I have opened walk in clinics offering free mammograms and pap smears to any patient who needs them. I have also been able to guide patients in the right direction regarding their healthcare needs. I have used my unfortunate, late stage cancer diagnosis as a fire under my feet and inside my heart to create the #checkyourself movement. My focus today is educating underserved communites regarding their patient rights, continuing to serve these communities by opening clinics where patients will always be listened to, and supporting YOU or your loved one through a cancer diagnosis.
No one is going to fight for you, like you!
Why we do it
CANCER TREATMENT SUPPORT
KEYNOTE SPEAKER PRESENTATIONS
CANCER SUPPORT GROUPS
A SAFE SPACE TO SHARE
HOW WE DO IT
RESOURCES WE TRUST
"While going through breast cancer at age 35 my life turned upside down. I reached out to social media groups and that’s where I met Jana Geyer, who was my age and going through breast cancer as well. We immediately clicked and she was so supportive and there for me in my surgeries, radiation and hormone therapy. I joined her page The #checkyourself movement and was able to see so many stories of women going through this. I’ll never forget after having emergency surgery due to complications I woke up to flowers sent by Jana. She has been an amazing pink sister and a breastie. She is inspiring to all of us facing this terrible disease."
- Courtney, Stage 3 Breast Cancer Thriver