Saturday, October 11, 2008

Calling all bloggers!

      Do any of you blog about your experiences with sarcoma? If so, please give us your link -- and consider linking to us. Let's support each other! -- Suzie

7 comments:

CJ Morgan said...

Hi Suzie,

My LMS journal is at http://e-cj.home.comcast.net/LMS-J.html

There is also a link there to my resource page that lists some other blogs, stories, articlkes and other info.

I will be sure to add a link to your blog here with my next update.

I am seeing the names and comments here from some of the people we met at our dinner after the CTOS last year. It is good to see that info here and this blog. I am beginning to feel somewhat alone with all I have been going through lately. Thanks for starting this blog. It is so helpful.

Elsa D. said...

HI my blog is this one. Glad to find all of you.
http://livingwithasarcoma.blogspot.com/

Love and Health to everyone

Sachin Palewar said...

http://www.cardblueblog.com/ - ES Survivor who writes by name Sick Guy

Suzie said...

Better late than never ... I just went back and checked this entry. Elsa and Sachin, I added your very interesting blogs. Btw, I'm a survivor of leiomyosarcoma. That's why I know some of the other LMSers.

The Johnson Family said...

Hi Suzie,

I am a fellow blogger. I am at mikemegbrayden.blogspot.com.

I will be sure to add your link. I am so excited that you guys have decided to do a blog! You guys are wonderful! Thank you for all of your support.

Osteosarcoma fighter,
Meagan

Sarcoma Alliance said...

Thanks, Meagan! I just added your blog to our list.

Anonymous said...

Seattle, Wash., March 2009 - What do you do when you’re 31-years old, married with two young children and facing cancer, the loss of your left hand, and possibly your life?

If you’re Seattle native Joshua Isaac, you get a camera and make My Left Hand - a thought-provoking and ultimately triumphant film.

Isaac, now 36, used his own creative talents as well the skills of family and friends to videotape much of his journey that began in 2004 when he was diagnosed with a reoccurrence of epithelioid sarcoma, a rare, cancerous tumor initially found in the palm of his left hand six years prior. The film follows Isaac and his family as they struggle with the spiritual, physical and emotional effects of chemotherapy, radiation, and ultimately amputation.

Isaac’s initial foray into filmmaking, My Left Hand was directed and produced by him and edited by another Seattle native, Stephen Sadis, and includes original music by Maryland-based artist Kevin Thornton.

The roughly 81-minute film premiered at the Seattle True Independent Film Festival (STIFF) in June 2007 where it won the Survivor Spirit Award. The film also screened in October 2007 at the Tacoma Film Festival winning the Audience Choice Award. It is scheduled to screen on May 3, 2009, as part of the 2009 Seatte Jewish Film Festival.

“Making the movie was a way for me to deal with the most difficult situation I‘ve ever faced,” said Isaac. “For one thing, as it was being shot it shifted my focus so that it didn't seem so real hearing that the cancer metastasized or how difficult the side effects of chemo were going to be. But I knew from the start of the journey that I wanted to do something positive and constructive from this experience. Now it’s my hope others can learn and find comfort from the film.”

Isaac, who works full-time in the Corporate Communications department of Microsoft Corporation, is now seeking sponsorship for the film in an effort to gain wider exposure to both humanize cancer patients and to send the message that a cancer diagnosis doesn’t have to be a death sentence.

“Making My Left Hand was therapy for me,” Isaac added. “It gave me a goal beyond just surviving. Every year nearly 1.3 million people in the U.S. are diagnosed with some form of cancer and another 10 million are living with or have survived cancer. I’d like to tell them what I’ve been through and that they need to keep fighting too.

“As we were going through the editing process for My Left Hand I was reliving all the emotions – the fear, the pain, the despair and the joy,” he added. “All that will be at least somewhat validated if I can reach out to others and maybe help them on a few steps of their journey.”

Isaac had a return of epithelioid sarcoma in 2008. He documents his struggle on his blog.

For copies of My Left Hand or more information contact Joshua Isaac at (206) 853-1769.

www.mylefthand-themovie.com
blog www.yoshinawa.spaces.live.com

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