The first email I received from someone about this website says it best for me:
I don’t really have funny storys yet but I really like the websight for kids. It kinda makes being sick seem less horrible. Thanks for making me laugh some today I hope people send storys soon. From, Elise
Thank you, Elise, for your lovely email. And, below is what I have to say about it all:
I completely understand that cancer is not a “laughing matter.” I truly believe that when we make fun of, crack jokes, or share funny stories about cancer, that it takes away its power to “control us.” (And I would be curled up and sucking my thumb, if I wasn’t cracking my jokes about it…..how’s that for fun!? LOL)
My firm belief is that everyone is a survivor and should think of themselves as such, for you have “survived” cancer even beginning to grow in your body. Even if you are living with metastatic cancer or have been given a terminal diagnosis, I believe that your mind, your spirit, your soul, and your very essence is still alive and you have the right to continue to laugh and experience joy and happiness.
The idea for this site dawned on me after I “rocked the house at my own cancer party” because I could not find a website with firsthand humorous accounts, quips, jokes, or stories that would make me laugh in the face of my troubles.
My new mantra is “LOse fear, haVE HOPE”, which if you look closely, also says, “LOVE HOPE”. So, stepping out on the hope that this will be a success, I look forward to receiving firsthand accounts from those of you who want to share your part in how you, too, laughed in the face of cancer.
WELCOME TO CANSHARE!!!: Where you get to laugh and share about your cancer laughs too. [You can "LIKE" the Canshare page on Facebook too, thanks!! http://www.facebook.com/#!/pages/Canshare/217075921660099 ]
Please note: All submissions are to be sent in via firstname.lastname@example.org. I will post submissions after reviewing them first (with or without your name (first name only or first and last name) on the story, your choice). All “hate mail” will be deleted, as I am fully aware that it’s really just the cancer you hate, not me, thank you.
And, should you, in the least, think of me as “insensitive”, know that I carry “Survivors Guilt”, am upset to hear of a newly diagnosed person, and cry when learning of someone passing away from this dread disease.
LAST NOTE, PROMISE!!: ADVERTISERS: I will not be posting any advertisements for the latest cancer drugs, accessories, gimmicks, clothing, household items, hospitals, doctors, or other “far out and groovy” cancer things on here. This is where we come to escape “it all”. THANK YOU!!!!
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