Your Health Unlocked Episodes

036: Surviving Cervical Cancer And Helping Others Do The Same – Tamika’s Story

Publication Date: January 11, 2024

By: Rachel Grimsley, (RN, BSN, MSN) Volunteer Health Officer

Episode Trailer

Imagine a world where a common virus is both widely misunderstood and grossly underestimated in its potential to cause harm. This is the reality of human papillomavirus (HPV) and its relationship with cervical cancer. Countless individuals, at the prime of their lives, are blindsided by a cancer diagnosis that could have been prevented or caught early with proper education and screening.  However, there’s a flip side to this narrative: survivors are channeling their pain into purpose, advocating for HPV awareness, and providing a beacon of hope for others. In our latest podcast episode, we dive deep into the personal battles of Tamika Felder, her journey of advocacy, and the life-changing impact of informed action against cervical cancer.

In this episode, you will learn:

  • The prevalence of HPV and its direct link to cervical cancer, and why public awareness is still alarmingly low.
  • The personal struggle of Tamika, who turned her cervical cancer diagnosis into a mission to advocate for women’s health.
  • The need for sensitive storytelling and systemic healthcare changes to better support individuals affected by cervical cancer and HPV.
  • The critical role of community groups in providing emotional support and practical advice for cervical cancer survivors.
  • The importance of accessible cervical cancer screenings and advocating for flexible appointment times and free screenings.

More about Tamika:

Tamika is a cervical cancer survivor who has taken her fight beyond her own healing journey to advocate for widespread awareness and patient advocacy. With a background in broadcast journalism, Tamika brings a unique perspective to the dialogue around cervical cancer. She is a beacon of hope and resilience for people navigating their own challenges around the world. Whether delivering a captivating talk or working as an award-winning TV producer, Tamika is all about driving change. Notably, as a cervical cancer survivor, she founded Cervivor, Inc. in 2005 to empower women to share their stories and take control of their well-being. She lends her sought after voice to Presidential Panels, international conferences, and media outlets, and is the author of “Seriously, What Are You Waiting For? 13 Actions To Ignite Your Life & Achieve The Ultimate Comeback” as well as her own blog at In intimate conversations, public stages, and the written word, Tamika’s brilliance shines as she transforms her experiences into inspiration.

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