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!
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.
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.
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'.
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.
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 first met Lynn Lane, Founder & Executive Director of Voices of Survivors Foundation on Planet Cancer, shortly after losing my son, a young adult, to cancer. Lynn has a friendly and down-to-earth demeanor and is extremely easy to talk to; his friendship during that time helped me through some rough days. I have watched Voices of Survivors Foundation take off & grow from the beginning, and I am very impressed with the quality and strength of the foundation as well as how quickly it has gained momentum. Voices of Survivors Foundation is instrumental to the empowerment of people living with cancer, as well as to those of us who have lost loved ones to this dreaded disease. It is a great educational site for doctors, nurses, social workers, and anyone who is working with people with cancer and their families, as well as the general public. I am always excited to find out what is new and believe me, Lynn Lane keeps things moving along with wonderful new ideas to support the good work he is already doing. First and foremost, Voices of Survivors Foundation remains a crucial resource for people with cancer, a mission that Lynn Lane never loses sight of that. This is a foundation that deserves a lot of credit along with financial support so that it can continue to excel.