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Your Legacy

When you are faced with a life threatening illness, sometimes it makes you think about the legacy you’d like to leave behind.

Most of us have a legacy anyway.  It’s our family, friends, kids, our clients and colleagues, creative products and the life we have lead.

However, often cancer survivors want to creative something more concrete.  I create a 22 book legacy project (which is a bit crazy but fun).  Many others arrange their home movies, make videos or write letters to their loved ones, arrange scrapbooks or create a video testimonial or write a journal or book on their cancer experience.

Sometimes it’s hard to know where to begin or to find the time amid your regular responsibilities.  Well, you may be able to get help.  I am posting a list of resources of people who will tape your story, do a scrapbook for you or help write your personal story.

If you are tired or in pain but really want to do a legacy project, don’t let that stop you.  You can find a way and get help.

A Legacy Resource List:

http://www.personalhistorians.org/- you can hire experts to help you write a book or videotape your story here.

http://storycorps.org/-Their mission is to provide Americans of all backgrounds and beliefs with the opportunity to record, share, and preserve the stories of our lives.  They sometimes come to your area for free or they have a do it yourself kit.

http://everyonehasastory.net/index.html- Here’s one example of a company that will film your legacy.  I did not try them and there are probably many others in your area if you don’t want to do it yourself.

http://www.patientvoices.org.uk- a website of patient stories

http://www.narrativemedicine.org/ -a Narrative Medicine program at Columbia University.  Director Dr. Rita Charon.

Some Scrap-booking Resources:

http://scrapbookingforyou.tripod.com/index-a.html- people who will scrapbook for you

http://treasuredmemoriesmor.tripod.com/id3.html- scrapbooking for you

http://www.heritagemakers.com

www.snapfish.com

–Paulette