From the Lance Armstrong Foundation, survivors from all walks of life talk about what 'living strong' in the face of cancer means to them
The Lance Armstrong Foundation (LAF) was founded in 1997 by cancer survivor and cycling champion Lance Armstrong. The LAF provides the practical information, tools and support that people with cancer need in order to Live Strong.
Presently more than ten million Americans are living through or beyond cancer. The Lance Armstrong Foundation, a nonprofit organization founded in 1997 by cycling champion and cancer survivor Armstrong to promote cancer education, advocacy, public health services, and research, features first-person narratives by 26 survivors who "live[d] strong" from "diagnosis to [conventionally based] treatment to beyond." These storytellers differ in cancer diagnosis, age, ethnicity, and background, an approach that contrasts with narrative collections focusing on one type of cancer or one individual's survivorship, e.g., Betty Rollin's Last Wish. The stories here cover treatment-related decision making, therapy descriptions (with physical and emotional side effects), and sources of strength (e.g., family and God); "beyond" stages include transformations in priorities, beliefs, and relations with others. Despite some graphic surgical- and therapy-related details, these stories are not intimidating or self-serving. Their messages of courage and strength will apply to anyone touched directly or indirectly by both cancerous and noncancerous challenges. A great accompaniment to Elena Dorfman and Heidi Schultz Adams's similar narrative collection, Here and Now: Inspiring Stories of Cancer Survivors; recommended for all consumer health and public libraries.-Janice Flahiff, Medical Univ. Lib. of Ohio, Toledo Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.