Spotmany: Leading Folks to a New Frontier of Long Term Cancer Survivorship

George Caleb Bingham [Public domain], via/image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

George Caleb Bingham [Public domain], via/image courtesy of Wikimedia Commons

How many of you are eager to spread the word about your cancer survival? How many of you feel you have a greater purpose in life due to your cancer diagnosis? How many of you feel compelled to inspire others on their cancer journey? Spotmany has a greater purpose to find long-term cancer survivors and mentor others towards becoming long-term cancer survivors.  We want you to be mentored by those who have changed who they are (who they have become) and to learn what they have done so that you too can have long-term cancer survivorship.

When you were initially diagnosed with cancer, did you wonder who else traveled this journey? Did you wonder, if I could only talk to them and ask them my questions? Given the choice would you rather ask questions of cancer patients in treatment or would you rather ask questions of those patients who completed treatment and were now on the other side – alive?

Try this: Pretend you are an early American settler who wants to travel from your town in North Carolina to settle in Kentucky. Would you rather ask your neighbor, who never set foot outside your town, to guide you across the mountains into Kentucky or would you prefer to ask the American frontiersman, Daniel Boone, who knew the way across the mountains because he created the Wilderness Road through the Cumberland Gap? A long-term cancer survivor mentor is your Daniel Boone.

My friend likens my survivorship from ovarian cancer to being the new frontier. From the day we met, the question that stumped him was, why don’t other cancer patients, or better yet – the doctors, want to know how I did it? Today folks do ask me how I did it. When I think about it, why wouldn’t all cancer patients and their doctors want to know how am I surviving?

I am an anomaly. Doctors call me an outlier. (In statistics, an outlier is an observation that is numerically distant from the rest of the data. In medicine an outlier is an observation so distant from the central mass of the data that it noticeably influences results) Don’t you want to become one too? Wouldn’t you like to have me guide you to the new frontier called cancer survivorship? I am a cancer survivor mentor. I can guide you through the mountains – around and over the obstacles – to a beautiful place called long-term cancer survivorship.

You will need to pack your bags for this trip. It is not a quick journey nor will it be easy. Here is the key: you will need to pack your bag with only what you absolutely need to survive. Here is a loaded question for you: What would you pack in your bag if you knew you were about to travel through territory where you had never traveled before and had to carry this bag yourself the entire way?

Let’s try this visualization: Picture cancer treatment residing in, let’s say, North Carolina. Everything we use today to treat cancer is found in North Carolina. The diagnosis’, the surgeries, the chemotherapies, the integrative medical therapies – they all reside in North Carolina. This also includes the cancer patients; those in treatment and those who are afraid to cross into the new frontier. We all begin our journey in the same area which for this visualization is North Carolina.  What if, this treatment for cancer included following a frontiersman or woman, a mentor, one who has traveled over the mountains to the other side, to their destination called long-term cancer survivorship. Would you want to take this trip? What would you pack in your bag for the trip?

Frontier has several definitions. These apply to spotmany:

  • A region just beyond or at the edge of a settled area
  • An undeveloped area or field for discovery or research

This new frontier of surviving cancer, mentoring with spotmany, will become incorporated into the standard protocol for cancer treatment. I am sure of it. The more cancer survivors we mentor over the mountains, the larger our long-term cancer survivor community  becomes. As our community grows, the more attention we will draw. Folks will want to know how we survive. Those who ask, will begin to see and understand. Once they understand, it becomes reality. When it become reality, it will become the protocol for cancer treatment. When mentoring is part of cancer treatment, we will have established long-term cancer survivorship.

Spotmany: A New Frontier Leading Folks to Long Term Cancer Survivorship

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