I didn’t know Holley Kitchen but I visualize her face when I hear her name. She has cute blonde hair and expressive eyes. When I first searched online for metastatic breast cancer in 2016, her powerful video was one of the first advocacy pieces that I saw. I cried at the computer when I watched and then I called my husband to sit beside me so we could watch it together. I handed him a Kleenex. Like Holley, I was a young mother that will be fighting cancer until my journey on earth is over.  

 

Holley Kitchen used her voice for good
Holley Kitchen used her voice for good

 

Holley passed away from metastatic breast cancer just a few months before I was diagnosed. It was more than a year later before I started thinking about advocating and educating others on MBC and one of the most successful videos was still the one that Holley made.

 

The ironic thing about Holley using her voice to educate about metastatic breast cancer is that she didn’t say a word in the video. She used cue cards and the inspiring “This is My Fight Song” by Rachel Platten along with dramatic facial expressions to share her story of fighting cancer. 

 

I think advocacy happens when our anger and frustration converge with our energy and desire to make a difference in our own destiny. It took me more than a year before I felt comfortable educating and advocating about MBC and I was fortunate to blend my professional background expertise with my personal health situation. Here are a handful of things to consider if you’re interested in being an advocate: 

 

Remember, you may not see all the results of your advocacy work. It can take years and multiple inputs to make a difference and it’s easy to get discouraged. I tell myself that while I might not recognize the difference, I’m confident it will make an impact for my children and that’s the type of legacy I want to leave. 

 

Ann Camden balances making a difference through advocacy with making family memories
Ann Camden balances making a difference through advocacy with making family memories



Ann Camden has been writing since middle school when she found solace during chaos by putting her thoughts on paper. After a successful career in public relations, she's pivoting to advocacy work for metastatic breast cancer, especially related to parents affected by the disease. She is also busy creating her personal legacy for her teenage daughters and husband. Ann has been living with Stage IV breast cancer since 2016. Her family was blessed to attend an Inheritance of Hope Legacy RetreatⓇ in 2018.