Voices of Survivors is a wonderful foundation that helps give a voice to all people with cancer, particularly young adults. The Voices shared are so real and help others going through a trauma of a cancer diagnosis help realize that everything they are feeling is actually normal. As a cancer survivor myself, it has helped me by inspiring me to continue the fight.
As a prostate cancer patient and 'survivor' I was able to share my story through VOS as well as being able to hear about other survivors journeys. The open and honest views of others dealing with cancer is an amazing thing... Offering support to others who have been diagnosed by sharing these 'Voices' was a great idea!
Voices of Survivors is an excellent resouce for first-hand, frank discussions of what cancer does to individuals -- in their own voices. Voices allows the so-called "everyman" to express what role cancer has played in his or her life. It acts as a guide or lamppost for people who may just be enter the confusing world of cancer treatments to see what they may have in store. I applauld Lynn Lane and his excellent site for all that it has done for cancer patients and survivors. There are many out there, and Lynn finds us and gives us a voice so we can help others.
I followed Lynn on Twitter and was impressed by the way he spoke about Voices of Survivors and the amount of time and passion he put in it.
My experience with Voices of Survivors has been an unexpected gift to me and my family. I had no intention of having 'my voice' heard or my story told ... I figured that when I had surgery to remove a Desmoid tumor, then I was done. That wasn't the case ... and there is SO much more that goes into being a survivor than the initial diagnosis and treatment. While those things are totally life-altering, I never thought to prepare emotionally for the after-effects. Voices of Survivors has given me an outlet for my emotional/mental responses to cancer. I've read stories of people who have been in this battle for many years and also newbie's like me - but we all share a common thread ... we are survivors of cancer and practice the act of survivorship in our daily lives. I am grateful to Lynn Lane and for the many wonderful people that I have met through VoS - without them, I would have never shared my story and realized the depth of emotions that comes along with this diagnosis.
I frequented VOS' website after meeting its founder, Lynn Lane, at a LIVESTRONG function. Although I am not a cancer survivor, I find VOS' website invaluable to my daily life and to my journey to be a better person. I tune in daily to read the latest written word or to listen to the latest conversation. The voices of these survivors have taught me so much in the few months since I learned of the Foundation. These cancer fighters are so courageous and have seen life from a perspective that I have not. From each voice, I learn a little live lesson: how not to accept the status quo, how to be at peace with who you are; how to find humor in difficult times, how to stay true to your identity, how to fight, and how to love yourself. I am also involved in other cancer-related charities and I have friends who are currently in or have recently completed treatment. From VOS, I am able to direct these people to the site so that they can find a voice with whom they can relate and I have learned how to better relate to them. VOS has shown me that cancer-survivors are a special tribe of people. They are so more in the know and we can all learn from their experiences. Tune in.
I was given the opportunity to share my "voice" on camera and write my story. Not only did this opportunity potentially help others not feel alone, but it was also cathartic for me. Whenever I begin to feel overwhelmed with fighting cancer, I always go to voicesofsurvivors.com. Reading and watching the videos help me feel a sense of community.
Voices of Survivors Foundation is an incredible vessel that allows the individual survivor to rip off the label of statistic to being that of mom, dad, sister, brother or friend. Though our experiences are different and though we may be at different places in survivorship; mentally, physically and spiritually, to have the venue where we can speak out and no longer be a poster child for the disease but an expample of determination to live is a great move forward into the healing process where the thriving begins.
As a cancer co-survivor I have learned a lot in reading and hearing the different stories cancer survivors have shared. I hope with time more stories by Co-survivors will be shared. The struggles for co-survivors are very different from those faced by the cancer patient. When my Uncle died following a massive stroke secondary to brain cancer, 5 yrs ago his battle ended. The family though is still working through the emotions of all that happened.
Voices of Survivors is an amazing non-profit that is dedicated to exploring what survivorship really means through personal survivor stories. It is incredible how powerful all these stories are for all of us no matter what shoes we are walking in (fighter, survivor, caregiver or none of these). When I read some of these voices in written word, it is like taking my daily medicine of hope and inspiration. The impact of the experiences and stories remind me what my real purpose is, they ground me and make me want to really make a difference in this world. I am reminded how fragile life is and how so many, like myself, have been given another chance at life. I feel so blessed to know about Voices of survivors and know this is a place I can always count on for daily inspiration.