Diraimondo decided to share her own personal experiences - as well as her knowledge gained from her nurse's training - to educate others about HPV and the link it has to cancer. She is a vocal advocate for HPV testing and vaccination, and is featured on the website for the digene HPV test. She blogs about HPV and cancer for EmpowHER.com and also contributes expert information to the women's health site's community when readers ask questions about HPV and cancer.
Additionally, she has written and published a book titled Any Mother's Daughter, an autobiographical account of her experiences as well as information on the various types, grading and potential complications of HPV. The book includes current information patients seek about diagnosis, treatments, procedures and other factors to understand how to deal with an HPV related cancer. The book is endorsed by German virologist and professor emeritus Harald zur Hausen who received the Nobel Prize in medicine in 2008 for his research leading to the discovery of HPV as the cause of cervical cancer. Any Mother's Daughter is also recommended by the Gynecologic Cancer Foundation and used in their public education campaign.
Another form of Diraimondo's advocacy work is the website and online support system provided through the HPV Support Network. The non-profit organization's mission is to "dispel the myths and disseminate the facts on this very prevalent but sorely misunderstood virus." The site includes information on HPV basics as well as HPV related cancers. While the primary focus is on women's health, there is also a section specifically for men.
Diraimondo says the site has been certified as providing accurate medical information to assure those who visit of the validity of the documentation and information listed there. She hopes the site will "be a valuable resource for women (especially the newly diagnosed), men and health care providers." For more information on the HPV Support Network visit http://www.anymothersdaughter.com.
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