October 3, 2016

Submit Your Voice Memo with a Special Message for Pink October

Blog-Pink-October-Voice-MemoWho do you go pink for? Share your special message of love, hope, support and encouragement so we can share it with our community in our special podcast episode of My Healthy Life, especially for Pink October. Record a voice memo and send it in by Tuesday, October 11*.

Approximately 1 in 8 women will develop breast cancer during her lifetime. We know those women are your loved ones, either right here in western North Carolina or across the country — we want to help YOU send them a special message, in honor of Breast Cancer Awareness Month.

Share Your Message

Have you watched a woman in your life battle or overcome breast cancer? Have a special message for friends and family who have been by your side on your breast cancer journey? A ‘thank you’ to a provider, nurse or caregiver? Maybe you have a story to tell—whatever it is, simply record your message in a voice memo on your phone/device and send it in by October 11. Please review and acknowledge the terms and conditions at the bottom of this article before submitting your voice memo.

How To Record and Send A Voice Memo

Note to Android Users: These instructions are for iPhone users. These steps will work for Android users once you download a Voice Memo app—Smart Voice Recorder is recommended. Have a Windows phone? Try Creobe Voice Memos.

  1. Grab your phone and find the ‘Voice Memo’ app.

It may be under ‘Utilities’ or ‘Extras.’ The app icon looks like this:

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  1. Get ready to record.

Speak into the mic close, but not too close—hold the phone about four fingers away from your mouth and at a bit of an angle. Tap the red button to start recording (you do not have to hold the button down while you record!)—wait a few seconds before you start speaking.

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Watch the screen to make sure it’s recording—you’ll be able to tell when the time and sound levels are running across the screen.

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  1. Record Your Message: Introduce yourself and decide what you want to say.

If you want to be identified in the podcast, start by saying your name: “Hi, my name is ______.”

What do you want to say in your special message? Decide in advance. The best voice memos sound natural, like you’re talking to a friend. Sometimes it helps to actually talk to a friend as you record—so grab your friends/family and start recording!

For this particular episode, say who you go pink for and how she/they inspire you, or simply let someone know you’re thinking of them. Consider something like:

“I go pink for my mom, __________, who is a breast cancer survivor and one of the strongest women I know!”

Have more than one person to acknowledge? Say hi to them all!

“This message is for _________, __________, _________ and __________. You all inspire me and I go pink for you every day. Can’t wait to celebrate Pink October with you!”

Or maybe you’re a breast cancer survivor and want to send a special thanks to everyone who’s shared your journey with you.

When you’re finished recording your message, wait a few seconds and tap the red button again to stop recording.

Tip: Make a single point and make it well! The best voice memos to include in a podcast are under 20 seconds but if you have a story to share, record it and send it in.

To listen to your recording, tap the white ‘play’ icon — decide if it’s good to go, or record another one until you’re happy with it.

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  1. Save your voice memo.

Tap ‘Done’ to save your voice memo. When you’re prompted to title your recording, name it something like: “My Healthy Life: Voice Memo from <Your Name>”

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Tap ‘Save.’ The file will appear in your list of saved voice memos.

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  1. Email it to us — make sure to include this information!

Tap on the new file and click the ‘share’ icon on the bottom left-hand corner.

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Choose the ‘Mail’ icon:

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Send it to myhealthylifepodcast@msj.org. In your email message, let us know if you’d like your name to be included or not, acknowledge that you’ve read and agree to the terms and conditions at the bottom of this article and include any other information you think would be helpful or questions you have.

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You will be notified via email when the podcast airs so you can share it with your family and friends. We can’t wait to hear from you!

Need more help on recording and sending a voice memo? Similar instructions/tips can be found here, http://www.wnyc.org/story/how-record-voice-memo/.

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*Terms And Conditions

By submitting a voice memo, as the participating consumer, you acknowledge that you have received permission from the survivor to disclose information about their cancer and allow Mission Health to use the content for promotional purposes exclusively for recognizing breast cancer survivors and their journey. Read Mission Health’s social media guidelines.

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