So often when we talk about childhood cancer, we think of the child as the passive victim and their adults as the actors -- the doctors and nurses who make diagnoses and oversee and administer treatment, the parents who advocate and care for their children, the scientists who race against time to discover causes, medicines, therapies and cures. But that's not the way Alex Scott saw cancer, and it's not how Anna Ciamarra is fighting hers.
Christine Finnegan certainly would have good reason to complain that life isn't fair. Married 25 years with three children on the cusp of adulthood, she's funny and outgoing, known as a "dancing queen" who volunteers at Scouts and school and built a career as an occupational therapist so she could help those with physical and mental disabilities live a better life. As if her cosmic ledger needed balancing for all the good in her life, Finnegan was diagnosed with breast cancer.
In many medical journeys, getting a diagnosis is like finding a signpost when you're lost: It helps you figure out where you are and allows you to chart a course through symptoms and treatment on your way to your best-possible health. Being diagnosed with neurofibromatosis, though, is more like looking up to discover the familiar path you've been walking branches off in a bunch of different directions and each path leads into fog so you can't see what lies ahead.
Muck Rack makes it simple to find people, tweets, or articles that mention any name, keyword, company, hashtag etc. We've compiled this guide to help you make the most of your search.
Selecting a term
Start searching tweets, articles from media outlets, articles mentioned in tweets, journalists'
names, titles and bios with some suggested searches:
Companies or Topics (e.g. iPhone, Microsoft)
Phrases (e.g. "cloud computing") — use quotes to keep the terms together
Twitter handles (e.g. @username) — returns those who have mentioned or replied to
Names (e.g. "David Pogue")
Hashtags (e.g. #sxsw, #london2012)
Bio details (e.g. vegan, Olympics, father)
Muck Rack's Advanced Search allows for many boolean operators.
Find results that mention multiple specified terms, use AND or
+. For example, ensure each result contains both Elon Musk and Mark Zuckerberg by
searching Obama AND Romney or Obama + Romney.
Use the operators OR or , to broaden your search when you'd like either of
multiple terms to appear in results. (This is the default behavior of our search when no operators
are used.) For example, search for democrat OR republican to find results that refer to
Democrats and/or Republicans.
Use NOT or - to subtract results from your search. For
example, searching Disney will yield results about the Walt Disney Company as well as Walt Disney
World Resort. To exclude mentions of Disney World, search for Disney -World or Disney
When using one of these operators with a phrase, enclose it in quotation marks. For example, you can
find results about smartphones excluding Apple's iPhone 4S by searching smartphone -"iPhone
Exact case matching or punctuation
If you're searching for a brand name or keyword that relies on specific punctuation marks or capitalization, you can
find results that match your exact query by adding matchcase: before the keyword you're searching for, like matchcase:E*TRADE .
Use parentheses to separate multiple
boolean phrases. For example, to find journalists talking about having fun in Disney World or
Disneyland, search for ("disney world" OR disneyland) AND fun.
An asterisk can be used to search for any variation of a root word truncated by the asterisk. For example, searching for admin* will return results for administrator, administration, administer, administered, etc.
A near operator is an AND operator where you can control the distance between the words. You can vary the distance the near operation uses by adding a forward slash and number (between 0-99) such as strawberries NEAR/10 "whipped cream", which means the strawberries must exist within 10 words of "whipped cream".