Christine Baze and Debra Macki were at the Southern Women’s Show Charlotte all day on Saturday, September 18, 2010. Christine (Yellow Umbrella Tour founder and musician and cervical cancer survivor) shared her touching story and gave out ‘save the hooch’ pins while Debra (celebrity make-up artist ) gave eye makeovers from the “Yellow Umbrella” eye shadow palettes. The eye shadow palette is a sultry combination of nude shimmer, plum and blue/purple sparkle and this event was a smashing success!
Christine has an amazing story to tell; a story that needs to reach every woman in the world.
For 13 years, Christine had gone for a yearly pap.
“My mom was a nurse and told me that was something I needed to do,” she says.
In 2000, when Christine was 31 years old, she went to the doctor for her ‘usual’. Apparently the office had switched to a newer version, the liquid pap. Christine’s liquid pap came back showing abnormal cells. After more screening, she was ultimately diagnosed with infatic, extensive, invasive cervical cancer.
After a hysterectomy, radiation and chemotherapy, Christine felt her world had been turned upside down.
“I had been married for 10 years, loved doing yoga, had a job and found joy in my music as a musician. After being fried from the inside and told I would never have kids, I felt alone and depression set in.”
For a year and a half, Christine let her music go.
“My light was dimly flickering,” she recalls.
Eventually she realized she had to do something. She had to tell the story-her story and the story of the women who had not survived this silent killer and couldn’t tell it themselves.
Christine decided to get some musician friends together and throw a concert to get the word out about HPV and cervical cancer. The name of the concert was POP SMEAR. The media and the radio got a hold of this event. Not only was the Paradise Rock Club in Boston filled up, the concert raised 10K between ticket sales and straight donations. The proceeds were donated to the organizations that had been so helpful to Christine when she was going through her darkest experiences: NCCC, ACS, and GCS.
“Over 400,000 people in the world have this disease. 80% of women by the age of 50 have HPV. There has been such a stigma attached to HPV but it should not be a blame game. I want women to get empowered and educated and go to their doctors and ask for the best care and tests out there. Men can get it too! It lives on the skin,” says Christine.
She also shares the fact that vaccines are only 70% effective so women who have been vaccinated against HPV still need to get their pap smears. Also, there is a new test for women 30 and up that will show if they are carrying the disease.
“It’s as easy as 1-2-3,” says the musician. “Get vaccinated, get the pap smear on an annual basis and HPV tests when applicable.”
If you didn’t have a chance to stop by the Yellow Umbrella booth at the women’s show, you can still visit their website to order the eye shadow palette. 80% of the cost will go to Yellow Umbrella Organization. Learn more about HPV and cervical cancer then help spread the word. After all, that is what Yellow Umbrella is all about!