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.
After I was first diagnosed with a rare form of leukemia in 2000, I found myself looking for other survivors or for an organization that would give support and hope to cancer survivors. An organization that I found, and I have been working for as a volunteer, is the Canadian Cancer Society, especially being involved with the 'Survivors Tent', at the annual 'Relay for Life' events in Chilliwack, British Columbia, Canada. Going on to Facebook has allowed me to connect with other survivors, and finding Mr Lynn Lane and his 'Voices of Survivors' was like a miracle. This has given me the opportunity to be able to read the stories of all the wonderful survivors, and it has given me strength and hope to carry on. As well, through the eye's of a survivor, I know that Mr Lane has given so many others, a 'Voice'.
Voices of Survivors is a fantastic organization and they literally give a VOICE to cancer survivors so we can really show our family and friends what life is, day in, day out, for a cancer survivor.
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.
My experience of VOS has been ongoing since I first encountered its founder Lynn Lane at the Lance Armstrong LiveSTRONG Global Cancer Forum in 2009. Lynn's personal and profession commitment to making the voice of survivors heard everywhere has inspired and motivated me since then.
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 have been reading and watching the Voices of Survivors Foundation web site for a while now, and I would like to tell you that it is designed to give cancer patients a voice to articulate their experience and to give and find support in an on-line environment. A network of friends has been formed through Facebook that are linked by the common denominator--CANCER. Those of us who have had cancer and have family and friends dealing with this disease can share their experiences, which gives readers and listeners an opportunity to be a part of something positive. Information shared includes very helpful knowledge on the type of cancer the survivor is or has fought against--how they suspected or became diagnosed with it, how they were treated, what social and clinical support they received, and real concrete help to a reader who may think he or she had cancer or who has been diagnosed similarly. I have come to know Lynn Lane through our Facebook friendship and through his interviews, posted through a link to the Voices of Survivors Foundation web site. I am also planning to share my "voice" as a malignant melanoma survivor and have learned a lot about different types of cancer through others who have shared theirs. I can't say enough good about the current impact and potential for impacting the lives of those who feel afraid, isolated, defeated, or are terribly ill from treatments. Having a support system is always helpful for any of the difficulties life throws at us, and Voices of Survivors Foundation is a marvelous organization.
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.