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.
I happened upon Voices of Survivors early on when it was just a new organization. Lynn Lane, President, was getting cancer survivors to share their personal stories about their cancer experiences. Quite a few people had already shared, when I was asked to share my story, and it was as hard as it was easy, and I prayed someone would benefit from reading my story as much as I did from reading theirs. People were opening up, and it was through this sharing of voices, that so many of us, have found comfort, and gained much knowledge about our cancers, and about what it means to each individual to be a survivor. Everyones stories are different, and Mr. Lane has taken his own experiences and turned them into the most positive, enlightening, and, cant wait to read the next "voice" help yourself, and others organization. I look forward to reading every story, watching every video, and now hearing every conversation. Its raw emotion and its a great cause! It has and will help many. Totally pay it forward! 2 thumbs up! Thank you Mr. Lane.
I found Voices of Survivors at the same time I joined Facebook and heard of the site through a friend. Around the same time I learned the Livestrong summit was to be held close to my home town in Dublin Ireland and signed up as a volunteer which put me in touch with many other cancer survivors and delegates with similar and passionate views of cancer survivorship. This involved getting the message out there by advising and educating people to our abilities whilst playing an active role in helping others to understand that a cancer diagnosis need not be a death sentence as it once was. I found by reading and listening by video to individual stories of surviving cancer and living a full life therafter gave me renewed hope and enthusism to continue fighting on a daily basis personally and never give up hope we finally would have a cure one day. Voices of survivors I feel helps so many people from all walks of life to speak of their own personal experience with this disease and share their innermost thoughts they may never have had the courage to do. I added my own cancer journey to this wonderful site and was amazed by the positive feedback from so many people who read my own story and were recently diagnosed and frightened. I feel Voices of survivors brings together and unites people from every age, race and gender in a common bond we all share to join hands and never give up. I've since introduced many of my own survivor friends to this site who have also shared their story and are as impressed and glad to have found it and the friends it has brought with it as I am.
The Voices of Survivors Foundation has given cancer not only a face but a voice to go with it. I've been in the trenches with two types of cancers since my initial diagnosis in 2004. At that time there were not too many outlets for me to turn to. When you are diagnosed as a young mother with cancer and noone around you has it or has had it, you feel very alone. It's almost an outcast type of feeling. Noone understands what you are going through and it is a very scary and lonely time. The Voices of Survivors Foundation has allowed many people to share their stories in the written word and also HEAR their stories. There is quite a difference between reading about someone's cancer and hearing about it from their mouth to your ear. It's heartwarming, it's hopeful, it's a reminder that you are not alone and you CAN get through your cancer. Voices bonds us and allows us to come together as cancer community. Everytime there is a new Survivor story it instills HOPE in those who are battling the disease. I have not personally been able to meet the founder of VOS Lynn Lane in person, however through the wonderful social networking within the cancer community we have become great friends. Lynn is someone I admire and truly respect. I look forward to where the Voices of Survivors Foundation is headed. I believe in this foundation and know they have great things on the horizon. I know they will continue to be an extraordinary way for cancer survivors to help other cancer patient's in any stage of their disease by sharing their "voices" with the world.
As one of the very first survivors to share my "voice" with Voices Of Survivors, I have been involved since it's beginning. Lynn Lane, founder and cancer survivor himself, is an incredibly bright and caring man who has created a foundation that gives individual cancer survivors a chance to share their specific story in a totally unique and personal manner. In such a simple way Lynn has empowered so many people to feel less like victims and more like warriors. In today's world of a million colored ribbons and denominated "honorary cancer months" Voices Of Survivors has introduced countless survivors to one another in a universal atmosphere in which all cancers are treated equally. I know this young foundation has only just begun to show it's full potential and I personally am extremely excited to see where it takes us in the future.
I'm a survivor of testicular cancer and I joined The Voices of Survivors Foundation to hear other cancer survivors stories and also make new friends in the "survivors" world....I haven't been disappointed....it really is inspiring to hear about how other people have beaten their cancer and also how, in many cases, cancer has changed their lives for the better....just to read or hear how positive people can be during such tough times is a credit to society.....Voices of Survivors is a great foundation and it really does show me as a survivor that I am not alone....I've made new friends to chat with and reading or hearing at least one story a week on their Facebook group really does brighten up my day.....Voices of Survivors does a fantastic job and really does help and inspire many people who have felt they were alone in their fight against cancer....long may the foundation continue.....
I'm 29 years old and I am living with a chronic cancer. Voices of Surivors has allowed me to share my own voice with the entire world, while connecting me with thousands of other cancer survivors. It has been a therapeutic and magical experience for me. Words cannot possibly express my gratitude to this foundation.
This foundation does many things that are wonderful, but two things in particular, in my opinion, are the most significant. The first thing is does is give the person sharing their story a voice to share their experience with cancer. In this, it is a therapy in itself. Giving voice to a cancer survivor/fighter is a part of growing stronger than the cancer itself, highlighting their strength and determination to beat it. This is invaluable to a person who sometimes needs to be reminded inwardly of how tough they are. Being apart of this foundation, definitely does this. The second part is for the person who the story is shared with. Be it a current cancer patient/survivor/co-survivor, or even a person who fears a cancer diagnosis, hope, inspiration and relation are passed on from these stories. Voices of Survivors, is like a beacon from a lighthouse. Imagine if you will people out in a fog, like ships looking for the harbor. That beacon brings them home, shows them where it is safe and shows people that they are not alone and that they can win this battle. Voices of Survivors is definitely a beacon of hope that should be shared throughout the world.
This site allows people to share their stories with others. It is important for the survivors to tell the stories, and it is important that the rest of us listen! Amazing place for people to begin the healing process.
Voices of Survivors is an amazing website that is great not only to survivors but to those recently diagnosed with cancer and those who have a loved one with cancer. You can read and see all of these courageous, heartfelt, and moving stories from people that have battled all different types of cancer. As a cancer survivor myself this website really helped me cope with the disease I had, I’ve been in remission for 3 years but still find myself having a hard time looking back on my hardest days. But knowing so many others have gone through the same thing and reading how they cope and deal with life with cancer really helped. Lynn Lane is an inspiration to me in how he took this horrible disease that he was dealt and turned it into his life mission to help others. This website is a must see for all. -Brandon P. Erkkila
As a Cancer fighting advocate Voices of Survivors is truly a guiding light in the efforts to truly express the meaning of "Survivorship". Through their unique approach, individual 'Survivors" express their own personal meaning of what it means to be a cancer survivor. It captures the true 'voices" of those who have undergone treatment, recently diagnosed or are in post-treatment. It gives you an clear insight on the lives of people dealing with this horrible disease. Thank you to Lynn for all of he is doing in the fight against cancer.