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THE EBB AND FLOW: STORYTELLING FOR CANCER SURVIVORS-A NEW FILM ABOUT YOUNG ADULT CANCER

By Stacia Wagner
Wednesday, December 7, 2011

Thank you to Mike and Bonnie Lang for creating such a moving and honest movie that allows young adult cancer survivors to talk about the impact of a young adult cancer diagnosis. The idea for this film came out of their experiences facilitating adventure trips, retreats and conferences with young adult survivors.

One of the opening discussions talks about the story people think they have laid out as young adults and the fact that “cancer makes you live a different story”. They talk about dealing with anger, the security of having a port, and how cancer defines you.

Many of the movie topics are also frequent discussion topics at CBTF groups. Two themes which are eloquently discussed in the film are “how does cancer or a brain tumor fit in your life” and “resolution (emotional and resolution to how does this fit in)does not necessarily come with remission.” For many people finding a balance between running from the fact you were ever diagnosed with a brain tumor and letting a brain tumor define who you are is a struggle which may take years to resolve and which can return at different points in your life. The second point regarding resolution not occurring at remission is something the general public especially needs to be aware of. Many young adults talk about even their closest friends just wanting them to “return to normal” after treatment is over.

Mike and Bonnie did a stellar job showing the power of storytelling for opening doors and giving hope. We hope this inspires you to share your story. Please watch the moviehttp://www.ebbflowstory.com/ and share your story.

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