“I was amazed that when I opened up and starting sharing my vagina stories with friends and strangers, almost all of them had their own vagina stories to share back. I found I wasn’t alone. My sharing gave them permission to share what they were holding inside and we were all better for it.”
Overall, she believes that “strong mental health, positive energy, and patient empowerment all play a vital role in overcoming cervical cancer.” She added that this positivity might “empower” the immune system and assist with eliminating diseases.
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Whitlock, Michelle. Email interview. Jan. 7, 2013.
Reviewed January 10, 2013
by Michele Blacksberg RN
Edited by Jody Smith