3 Inspiring Ways to Document a Breast Cancer Survivor’s Journey

3 Inspiring Ways to Document a Breast Cancer Survivor’s Journey

Here’s how photo and video projects can motivate breast cancer warriors and document triumph forever.

October is Breast Cancer Awareness Month, and Team OXO Digital Organizing is celebrating breast cancer survivors and their courageous journeys. As a woman-owned business and entirely female staff, the common threat of a breast cancer diagnosis affects us all too personally.

As many of you can relate, it’s afflicted and stolen the lives of our loved ones, too.

Breast Cancer is the second most diagnosed form of cancer in women in the US, with 1 in 8 women developing it in their lifetime. While October is an important time to raise money for research and call attention to the staggering numbers of women who develop this type of cancer, it’s also an opportunity to celebrate the women who fight the great fight.


 

1 in 8 women develop breast cancer in their lifetime. -BreastCancer.org


 

We love how breast cancer warriors like Jennifer Merendino and The Anncredible have documented their precious stories through photos and videos. While it may seem like an awkward time to photograph in a woman’s life, these families were grateful that they could record and learn from the journey.

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Breast Cancer Awareness is dear to our hearts at OXO.

 

If you’re interested in celebrating yourself or your loved one through a breast cancer warrior journey project, we have three ways you can get started:

 

1. Put Together a Photo Slide Show

A set of photographs speaks volumes, and freezing a memory in time in its full detail and honesty can help us learn something about our past, present, and future. A photo slideshow, like A Year Of Breast Cancer, can be created with a variety of slideshow tools and housed in your personal digital files, or even a social sharing site like Facebook or YouTube – whatever you’re comfortable with.

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This breast cancer survivor is a mother and member of the US Air Force. (Credit: Google / Creative Commons)


 

2. Create a Video Documentary

Videos are extremely candid and powerful. A video documentary goes beyond a snapshot and can highlight the many aspects of the life of someone fighting breast cancer. Anna, an architect from Calgary, was the subject of a beautiful documentary called I Am Anna. In the 34-minute movie, she shares the reality of living with stage 4 metastatic breast cancer and working hard to leave a legacy for her small children.

You don’t have to be a professional videographer to create a beautiful video documentary. From shooting your videos on your smartphone or tablet to researching more formal documentary tips and tools, you can create a video that makes a lasting impression.


 

3. Make a Digital or Print Scrapbook

If you like the scrapbook style, crafting a Breast Cancer Scrapbook to document your experience goes much deeper than just photos. It can include journal entries, notes of encouragement, or even a lock of hair. You can even include a poem that meant a lot to you or your loved one or dried flowers from a bouquet from the hospital.

A scrapbook can be interactive for the patient and bring healing and closure to the experience. Feel free to make these print or digital. A list of digital scrapbooking tips are included here.


It’s never too soon to take your breast health seriously. Don’t wait for symptoms to arise – make early detection a priority. Visit the National Breast Cancer Foundation to request a free guide about breast health.

Join the OXO Digital Organizing Community on Facebook or email us with your photo organizing and digitizing questions at GoDigital@oxo123.com.

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  1. Stacey Agin murray November 14, 2016

    Art therapy is a creative process to improve a person’s physical, mental, and emotional well-being. For women who wish to visually document their journey, these are three great ideas. I did a walk for breast cancer with a friend this year and there were tents set up where survivors could get a massage, take pictures and get free swag but a booth where anyone can express their feelings through art would be a welcome addition. Thanks for bringing attention to such important subject matter.

    Will repost!

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    • Jess Dawkins November 15, 2016

      What a great idea! Love it, Stacey!

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  2. Seana Turner November 14, 2016

    This is such a lovely idea. When you go through a long and difficult life event, capturing the poignant moments helps you reflect on the experience and celebrate coming out at the other end. I had a friend who lost a newborn who was born with a very serious health condition. They knew about the issue before the baby was born. Someone came and took photos at the birth and the few hours that they had him. What an incredible treasure!

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    • Jess Dawkins November 15, 2016

      Seana, thank you so much for sharing! During these difficult moments that define us, photos can help capture memories and the feelings of our heart for a lifetime. I’m so glad your friend was able to do that with her precious newborn. Again, thank you for sharing this moment!

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