Storytelling can be a helpful way for people to cope with cancer. In addition to showing effects in four areas – cognitive, affective, interpersonal and personal – hearing the stories of others can provide hope and comfort for those living with and affected by cancer.
Blood Counts is a national effort to raise awareness about two types of blood cancer — multiple myeloma and acute lymphoblastic leukemia (ALL) — through the sharing of personal stories. Each Blood Counts story reflects a conversation between two people who have been impacted by multiple myeloma or ALL, including patients, caregivers, nurses, doctors, researchers and advocates.
Source: Chelf JH, Deshler AM, Hillman S, Durazo-Arvizu R. Storytelling: a strategy for living and coping with cancer. Cancer Nurs. 2000;23:1-5.
Multiple myeloma and ALL are two very different types of blood cancer that affect people around the world. Multiple myeloma is a cancer that forms in a type of white blood cell called a plasma cell, which helps fight infections by making antibodies that recognize and attack germs.1 ALL is a type of cancer of the blood and bone marrow — the tissue inside bones where blood cells are made.2
While there’s no way to prevent or screen for multiple myeloma or ALL, researchers are working tirelessly to discover new therapies with meaningful benefit to patients.
Sources: 1. Mayo Clinic. “Multiple myeloma.” Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/multiple-myeloma/symptoms-causes/syc-20353378. Accessed on: September 23, 2019. 2. Mayo Clinic. “Acute lymphocytic leukemia.” Available at: https://www.mayoclinic.org/diseases-conditions/acute-lymphocytic-leukemia/symptoms-causes/syc-20369077. Accessed on: September 23, 2019.
Founded in 2003, StoryCorps has given people of all backgrounds and beliefs, in thousands of towns and cities in all 50 states, the chance to record interviews about their lives. The organization preserves the recordings in its archive at the American Folklife Center at the Library of Congress, the largest single collection of human voices ever gathered, and shares select stories through StoryCorps’ broadcasts and podcast on public media, animated shorts, digital platforms and best-selling books. These powerful human stories reflect the vast range of American experiences, wisdom and values; engender empathy and connection; and remind us how much more we have in common than what divides us. Learn more at Storycorps.org.
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