Thoughts from The Mayor of Worldwide Breast Cancer

Mapping the Journey of The Worldwide Breast Cancer Project

The honeymoon is over, writing a dissertation

It’s true, I got married last month to a wonderful Brittish man. I met him while living here in England studying for my PhD over two years ago. That’s my little personal side-note to you.

This week has been filled with writing my dissertation and putting together images and research that I’ve been gathering for the last 2.5 years. I have a lot of work ahead of me, but it is good to be able to tie everything together and make more sense of all of the pieces!

And, I wanted to thank all of the people that comment on my blog and wish me well. Sometimes I think that I’m doing this little project without influencing anyone, so it’s good to know that there are some people out there that do like all of the work I’ve done so far! Thank you. šŸ™‚

Today I have been searching blogs for mammogram experiences, cataloging words people use to describe their screening. The consistent messages seem to be for those…

antipating their first mammogram: “scared”

after their first mammogram: “It was uncomfortable, but not as painful as I thought it would be.”

anticipating a 6 month follow-up appointment: “Iā€™m not nearly as worried about the mammogram as I was before.”

This is just an initial survey, I hope to look into this message further. The reason being is that some are not recommending yearly mammograms for some people because of the anxiety and stress these appointments make according to a few good sources.

So my question would be, “Could a nice, friendly designed information packet for your first mammogram experience help a patient be less anxious or scared?”

Hey, why not? šŸ™‚

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The votes are in

Congrats to everyone who made the top 20 projects for the Netsquared.org challenge. Sadly, my project won’t be joining you but I am so grateful to everyone who voted. This map will get built one way or the other and I’ll be sure to keep you posted!

Top 20 Winners announced tomorrow!

Thanks to everyone for voting for my map mashup! The top 20 winners will be announced tomorrow morning at 9 PST. I’ll let you know what happens!

How to vote for breast cancer


I’ve made a mashup project for my phd breast cancer work and need votes to get it built by a group of geeks who feel democratic.

If you have 5 minutes to spend, I’d really appreciate it if you could take the time to vote for it before Friday afternoon, here’s the details:

Ok. Let’s rock the vote!

1. Please register and log in to the NetSquared site by Thursday, and pick a user name for a new account. They will email you a password. (don’t worry, they won’t spam you, these guys are good guys)
2. Registration has been automated for the duration of the voting process. If you did not receive a confirmation email, please check your junk mail.
3. Click the Projects link to review project proposals.
4. Click on my Worldwide Breast Cancer Map project in the list and click “add project to ballot” at the top of my project page.
5. You must choose at least 5 (and up to 10) of your favorite projects.
6. You may only vote once for a project.
7. Once you have chosen the 5 projects you want to vote for, please review your selection.
8. Submit your ballot to cast your final votes. Once you SUBMIT, that’s it!

They request that you vote for 5 projects. I think it is to help get more than one project to stand out. So, add 5 projects to your ballot and then submit them. The voting ends on Friday at 4pm Mountain Standard Time. There are some cool mashups out there!

Thanks! Email your friends and have them vote too! šŸ™‚

NetSquared Mashup Challenge

It has been a busy few months…mostly because I’m getting married in a few weeks!…but I couldn’t pass up this opportunity to submit my breast cancer project to the Netsquared Mashup Challenge and ask for your feedback (and hopefully your vote!).

Now you can send e-cards!

That’s right, Worldwide Breast Cancer has some lemony delicious ecards that you can send to your friends, all for free. You can find them under tourism of course! Happy ecarding.

Worldwide Breast Cancer is in Facebook

Facebook is a great way to network, so naturally Worldwide Breast Cancer is going to be a part of that. Right now I’ve started a “cause” on the site. Feel free to join!

I have also advertised the breast cancer awareness survey, and within 48 hours over 100 people have responded. It has given me a lot of great information that will help me in designing educational materials. Thanks to everyone who has helped!