Lynn Lane is a young prostate cancer survivor who founded a website, VoicesofSurvivors.org, where video and written stories give a voice to cancer survivors from all over the world.
Marisa Mir is a program coordinator for MD Anderson’s Anderson Network, and organizer for Cancer180, a program developed to provide support to survivors ages 18-39. She was diagnosed with colon cancer while in her 20s.
In a recent Cancer Newsline episode, they came together and talked with host Lisa Garvin about how their cancer journeys inspired online and offline outreach efforts to other young survivors.
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Lane recounts, “When I was diagnosed, all I did was sit online all day and night and just chat with people. You don’t have to wait for that once-a-month support group meeting, they were always there 24 hours a day. Someone’s always online willing to talk to you about what you are going through or what they are going through.”
Thanks to pioneers like Lane and Mir, there are a number of support resources available online.
Online and Social Media Cancer Survivor Resources
MD Anderson Young Cancer Connection (Facebook)
Anderson Network (Twitter)