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.
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.
Wonderful! I shared my personal story, and a bit about what it means for me to be a survivor.- This is a fantastic resource for young adults dealing with cancer to see others like them and refelct on hope.
This is a great foundation in that it lets people who have experienced cancer tell their story so that other people know and learn of cancer in this world. It lets the survivors tell how they overcame an obstacle in their life which gives courage and hope to those going through the same thing. It gives others inspiration to step up and do something for themselves and others.
Any organization, be it a for-profit or a non-profit, is only as good as its leaders. Successful organizations have leaders that can develop marketable ideas and execute them. This organization, founded by Lynn Lane, will have a long and successful future because Mr. Lane has the experience and foresight to surround himself with the best talent in the market. I agreed to be featured on Mr. Lane's "Voices of Survivors" project because I believed he had an tremendous idea which would appeal to, not only cancer survivors, but all survivors of trumatic events. Further, Mr. Lane's talent, drive and utter determination to develop this Foundation to its full potential is immeasurable. I've recommended the website to every cancer patient I know and the postive responses have been overwhelming. It's inspirational, uplifting and provides a sense of community, comraderie and hope among its viewers. With Mr. Lane's guidance, this Foundation will exceed all expectations. I'm confident of this.
Voices of Survivors is an incredible organization that gives a "voice" to cancer survivors around the world. The sharing of stories and blending of experiences is an important aspect of living with cancer and surviving after a diagnosis. For those who are fighting, it is imperative. For those who have survived, empowering! Voices provides a venue of inspiration, movitation, and encouragement through the written words, videos, and conversations of survivors. I have been able to share my tory in both the written word and through a personal video. It feels wonderful to share with others that challenges can be conquered and that a stage IV diagnosis doesn't have to be a death sentence, but instead a testimony to survival. Voices of Survivors bring a whole new dimension to survivorship!
Voices of Survivors has been extremely valuable to me, I was going thru some really hard times, losing friends and dealing with my own cancer. VOS gave me an outlet to tell my story.. A friend in Lynn Lane, when I lost my friend, he listened. I have learned from the powerful stories, been given hope.. cried and laughed. Most of all I have found that I am not alone. For that I am grateful. VOS Is AMAZING!!!
I love this non profit..I go to this site often; Lynn Lane with Voices of surviors is very positive, humourous, inspiring, witty, and caring. Voices of Survivors is a great oppertunity for cancer surviovors to tell their story/journey...not only is it a healing experience for the survivor telling their story but it's also healing for other survivors too, to hear someone elses journey... it validates us all in some way and what we have gone through.. No one has to feel like they are battling this alone, there is a whole arcive of survivors. What a great learning and inspiring experience.
Voices of Survivors is playing a crucial role in the growing field of cancer "survivorship". Thankfully, more and more people are surviving the disease to continue with their lives. Many find, however, that they cannot or do not wish to continue with their life in the same way as before. Instead of returning to "normal", survivors often talk of finding a "new normal". Some take on new challenges, some have difficulty coming to terms with their new perspective on their own mortality, and others change their lives in more subtle way. Almost all find that their lives are changed. These changes are at the heart of the meaning of the word survivorship. Voices of Survivors provides not only a forum for survivors to air their insights on their "new normal", but by doing so also provides a wonderful resource for other survivors to compare their own stories against. The Foundation has grown quickly to become an international community of disparate and diverse individuals bound by a common experience and, notable, by a common spirit of positivity. Anybody who is starting a survivorship journey - a journey which starts at the point of diagnosis - should visit the site and be both reassured and inspired. Lynn Lane, the founder of the Foundation, asked me to contribute a piece to the "Written Word" section of the Voices of Survivors website. I was proud to contribute, and touched by the reaction to my piece. I am not religious, so it's rare for me to quote the bible, but I do believe the phrase, "the truth will set your free". The contributors to Voices of Survivors share the truth of their situations. Sometimes heartbreaking, often humbling, always inspiring, and above all, honest. Watch the videos, read the stories, cry, smile and be inspired.
I had the pleasure of meeting Voices of Survivor Founder Lynn Lane in NYC's Central Park last summer when he interviewed on video for his video series. Since then I have kept up to date on all that his organization is doing and the wonderful progress they are making in developing and implementing new programs that help to support the cancer survivor community. I'm honored to be a part of the Voices of Survivors story and believe that the Foundation is having an impact on many people's lives. As I, too, have started the non-profit Metropolitan Community Charities and getavision programs since recovering from Burkitt's Lymphoma, I hope to be able to help the Voices of Survivors Foundation to further their potential impact among the gay and lesbian population.