1,000 Cancer Stories, or 1,000 Stories as I call it more often, was born in July 2017- and I had no idea where it would lead to.
This whole idea of collecting 1,000 stories of cancer came originally from me planning a fundraiser. I'm currently working on attempting to book a large comedy act to put on a fundraiser where we can raise a lot of money for the Relay for Life of Yorktown event. When I began trying to figure out how I could grab their attention- the stories campaign was born.
But it quickly became so much more than trying to book an act.
I jumped in with both feet trying to find people who were ready to share their cancer stories. Even writing them down & mailing them in is a difficult task if you're not ready. But I was so surprised at how willing people were to share what they've been through- whether they're a cancer survivor, a caregiver or somebody who has simply known far too many people who have fought the fight.
Every single story that has been mailed in, I have personally read. It's become a part of my life, but consistently reading stories can be very difficult at at times. However, I have found that reading these shared stories- has helped me personally in so many ways. It has shown me even more sides of this disease, of family & friend dynamics and they've made me want to fight even more for continued progress.
When the deadline came & went for the stories to be submitted for my potential fundraiser, I felt sad that I wouldn't get to connect with those who have experienced similar things as I have through the stories. Thankfully, my community also wanted to keep going too. People have felt connected as we have shared many stories through social media or videos.
What I have found is that people are looking to connect, to relate & to validate what they're going through. Cancer isn't easy to deal with no matter where you stand in the journey. Just because you're not necessarily going through it doesn't mean you're not experiencing difficult emotions. Or if you're in remission- it's ok to feel anxious or anger. This site is meant for people to candidly share their experiences & emotions and feel safe about doing so. It's about helping others who are going through the same thing and encouraging them by lifting them up.
So that's when I decided to take this a step further- to give the 1000 Cancer Stories its own platform, its own set of social media links & its own safe space for those to come to. Now I aim to eventually collect more than 1000 stories. And once that happens- we're going to see what it could take to take those stories & put them into a book!
With that, I am very happy that you have found your way here. I hope that you find a sense of community that you can relate you. I hope that you feel encouraged & ready to choose to share your story with us in any capacity (there are several options for doing so). If you know somebody who might be interested or who might need a community- send them our way.
I am ready to continue to grow this movement with you all! Thanks for coming by & for being a part of this journey.
I'm happy to open up this blog! I'll be writing personal posts & reflections. I'll also be sharing stories from those of you interested on being a guest blogger. Email us if you're interested!