Story Telling for Cancer Survivors
Mike and Bonnie Lang are two remarkable people whom Heather and I met recently at the Young Adults Cancer Canada Survivor Conference (see previous post about the conference here). As a cancer survivor and supporter, this husband and wife team are totally committed to helping other young adult cancer survivors with their cancer journey. Along with their many speaking engagements, Mike and Bonnie also organize and facilitate adventure trips, retreats, conferences and social events for young adult cancer survivors (check out Survive and Thrive Expeditions), all while Mike manages to work as the CancerBridges Survivorship Network Coordinator and Bonnie as a busy personal trainer.
In 2010 they released a feature length documentary on their first (2009) Survive and Thrive Expedition - a kayak trip down the Owyhee River Gorge in Oregon, titled "Wrong Way to Hope: An inspiring story of young adults and cancer". This dynamic duo recently released a second (short) film titled "Ebb and Flow: Storytelling for Cancer Survivors". It was shot during a week-long sailing trip with Survive & Thrive Expeditions in the Discovery Islands off Vancouver Island, BC. and features the stories of eight young adults with cancer using the valuable art of storytelling.
Similar to the Maximum Capacity approach regarding group seminars, Bonnie and Mike recognize that there is great benefit to cancer survivors by sharing their experiences and concerns with others. In the context of Brain Fog, we find that participants benefit most from the group format because more often than not they realize that they are not alone in feeling or behaving in a certain way. Our participants constantly tell us that they learn not only from us, but also from each other. We feel the same way!
We urge you to spend the short 12 minutes it takes to watch this latest film. Time well spent.
Posted by Jen, December 9, 2011