Here I am. Ears and eyes open. Ready to listen and learn. I’m in Fort Lauderdale about to board the Ruby Princess with 3000 other people and 150 of those in particular are incredibly important to me. They are breast cancer survivors – or breast cancer “thrivers” – as Breast Cancer Wellness, the publication sponsoring the cruise, calls them.
I am seven weeks into my adventure as the President of Some With’s online marketplace for breast cancer patients. I am putting my more than two decades of business experience to good use – but all that business experience still hasn’t equipped me with everything that I need to be successful. I need to understand fully the breast cancer journey.
Here at Someone With we have so many ideas and aspirations. So many things we want to offer to breast cancer patients. We are so passionate about our mission and the way we run our marketplace. But we are only as good as the products and services we provide. Thus, we rely on feedback from survivors to guide us.
I’m incredibly excited at the privilege of spending seven days with this wonderful group. I haven’t met my fellow Breast Cancer Wellness cruisers yet but I love them already – for their spunk, passion and zest for life. (I’ve seen the pictures from previous cruises!!)
I know these people will become my friends and my inspiration as I shape SomeoneWith.com into the company that I know it can and should be. I am going to listen to each and every cruiser who is willing to talk to me. I will take lots of notes and ask for permission to stay in touch.
In the coming months, Someone With will launch our product review initiative that is going to ask thousands of breast cancer survivors to “pay it forward” by reviewing products that they have used and found helpful. In the same vein, we’ll ask them to let patients know what products didn’t work for them. This kind of knowledge sharing will surely help breast cancer patients spend less time searching for all the items they need for their treatment and focus more time on the many other “to dos” that fill a breast cancer patient’s plate.
For two years, www.someonewith.com has been the one place on the Internet to find the full complement of products a breast cancer patient needs. But moving forward, we intend to become an even more valuable resource for breast cancer patients by collecting product reviews and expanding our patient registry.
As I embark the Ruby Princess, I wish for myself and all the other cruisers nothing but smooth sailing – not only for the next 7 days but for the rest of our”someone with” journey wherever that may take us!