Do the Thing You Think You Cannot Do

Sunday June 5th is designated National Cancer Survivors Day.  We went to the website of Cure Search (an organization dedicated to fighting childhood cancers) and found this wonderful quote:

“You gain strength, courage, and confidence by every experience in which you really stop to look fear in the face. You must do the thing which you think you cannot do.” – Eleanor Roosevelt

These are the things that inspire us, to tell stories that humanize the challenges and struggles of cancer.  Cancer is deeply personal, but at the same time affects the stories of everyone it touches, and all those around them, eventually changing us all.  Cancer changes the stories of patients, family, friends, caregivers and the medical community dedicated to conquering it. 

In the best tradition of storytelling, Remission frames one girl’s confrontation with “the Monster”, her fear and paralysis in the face of life or death decisions, and her journey to determining her own story through the stories of others.  Human stories.  Some heroic.  Some simply day to day universal experiences of everyday people, complicated by the worst of surprises. 

Today we honor survivors, those who struggle, those who provide care and the organizations that support them.  We all want the same thing:  Cancer stories with a happy ending.

(If you would like to make a contribution to support Remission, you can make a donation to NYMF,earmerked for Remission.  NYMF is the non-profit New York Musical Festival, where we are pleased to have been chosen for a development reading.