This past week when my story of being a former tanorexic hit newstands in the New York Post I was shocked that it was on the front page of Pulse. Yet, never have I ever imagined it would continue to grow and affect so many people. Today, Yahoo published a very honest story highlighting my former tanorexic days and the role Cosmopolitan played. Now, a new chapter unfolds... I feel I owe it to you, my readers, to express not only gratitude for being as dedicated as you have been these past couple of years, but also for showing a tremendous amount of support as the press has picked up on my "Confessions of A Tanorexic" blog post.
Since, I've been in touch with my old boss, Kate White, the Editor-In-Chief of Cosmopolitan. I wrote her a thank you note expressing how thankful I am to have launched my career at Cosmopolitan, because if it wasn't for that, I wouldn't be where I am today, but of course, I also thanked her for changing my life as her staff looked out for my best interests. She responded and is thankful that the messaging is on point in my post and on Yahoo.
The most inspiring thing that's come from this so far are emails I've been receiving; some from melanoma survivors who are thanking me for raising awareness. I cannot believe my story has made this much of an impact on other people's lives and feel honored and blessed to have a platform to be able to share it on and continue educating about safe sun. The best part, this is only the beginning...