Write for Life: Expressive Writing for the Cancer Community
ABOUT THIS PROJECT
Every 23 seconds, someone in America is diagnosed with cancer. What if they began writing about their experience?
What if they could take better control of their situation by communicating more effectively and sharing their feelings?
Research conducted at the Lombardi Cancer Center at Georgetown University indicates that expressive writing––dealing with one’s deepest thoughts and emotions––may contribute to improved physical and emotional health.
A study in The Oncologist medical journal found patients who participated in a single 20-minute writing session improved their outlook on cancer and their physical quality of life.
WHY I AM WRITING THIS BOOK
Expressive writing can become a therapeutic, educational, and artistic tool not only for patients and survivors, but for caregivers, family members, friends and medical staff.
But the question persists: How do I start? This is often the toughest part for anyone, especially someone associated with a cancer diagnosis.
Writing can be intimidating, especially finding entry points. Write for Life offers a simple collection of do-it-yourself exercises, prompts and examples to help anyone––and I mean anyone––make writing work for them in positive and healing ways.
Since cancer comes out of the blue, why not simplify a complex tapestry of emotions by breaking down the writing process into manageable and meaningful steps? That is what Write for Life is all about.
WHO IS DAVID TABATSKY?
I am the Co-author of Chicken Soup for the Soul’s The Cancer Book: 101 Stories of Courage, Support & Love, and co-creator and facilitator of the Write to Fight Cancer workshop program (sponsored by Genentech), conducted in cancer centers around the country including The Anderson Cancer Center in Houston, Beth Israel Deaconess Medical Center at Harvard University in Boston, and University of California Medical Center in San Francisco.
I am the editor of two cancer memoirs: It’s Just a Word, by Elizabeth Bayer and Slipping Reality, by Emily Beaver, as well as the co-author (with Mark Banschick MD) of The Intelligent Divorce book series and The Wright Choice: Your Family’s Prescription for Healthy Eating, Modern Fitness and Saving Money (with Randy Wright MD).
I am the founding editor of High School XPress, a national newspaper for secondary students and a teaching artist in the New York City public school special education system.
Write for Life has been in progress for the past year-and-a-half. Your support will allow me to finish the book, arrange the layout, finance the first print run and navigate distribution. I have excellent colleagues lined up to make this book a reality –– as soon as I finish the manuscript!
I aim to have the book in print by early fall to coincide with a series of live events I am conducting around the country in cancer centers, support institutions and therapy retreats, so it’s critical I raise the money now. Funds collected will pay for graphic design, website, printing, and initial distribution.
If you think this book can help people, please contribute!
HOW THE FUNDING WORKS
Your contributions of $100 or more are 100% tax deductible.
This will be facilitated by Unique Projects, a 501(c)(3) not-for-profit corporation, acting as my fiscal sponsor (www.pentacle.org).
WHAT IF WE EXCEED THE FUNDING GOAL?
It's great news for the book and all the people it’s meant to help. All funds go toward producing a quality product and getting it into the hands of those who can benefit most––patients, survivors, caregivers, family, friends, doctors, nurses, etc..
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT WRITE FOR LIFE
Please send this link to your friends and colleagues. Post it on Facebook, LinkedIn, etc., and enlarge the network! Use the Indiegogo share tools!
THANK YOU FOR CHECKING OUT WRITE FOR LIFE.
I AM GRATEFUL FOR YOUR SUPPORT.